Thank a Prof

Following the Fall 2016 semester, several Mizzou students took time to write thank you notes to faculty member as part of the “Thank-A-Prof” initiative. Here is a just a small sampling of the notes sent from students to instructors.

Thank you for you dedication, organization, enthusiasm and hard work. You are an inspiring professor.

Thanks for making me brave. We had 5 white-knuckle, terrifying assignments that turned out to be not so scary in the end. Thanks for pushing the limits and reassuring me that I could get through them. I learned so many new things!

It is with transcending gratitude that I tell you what an inspiration you have been throughout my experience, thus far, here at Mizzou. Your knowledge, understanding and genuine “care” for others is illuminated in everything you do! I’m grateful to know you.

You continue to impress me more and more with your knowledge, creativity and engaging coursework. Some people brighten up the room with their presence–you are one of them and even manage to do so even from a distance. Thank you for your guidance, wisdom and compassion as I continue this doctoral journey; you aren’t just helping me learn, you make me a better person.

There is not enough I can say about how much I thank heaven that you are my adviser and mentor. Your patience and understanding are unsurpassed. That you truly care about our work/life balance, but yet set the bar for rigor in learning, has influenced me as I lead others and will positively influence the nursing profession as your advisees influence others. I am SO thankful I chose Mizzou for many reasons, with a main one that of the honor of getting to know you. You are my hero.

Thank you for your time, thorough feedback and follow-up. I am glad that this course was one of my first courses in the program. I look up to you as a role model. I hope that I will have the opportunity to work with you in the future.

My biggest takeaway, apart from all the social theories, is that I lacked confidence while presenting. You have been so supportive and encouraging throughout the term, that for the first time in my life, I actually thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and I have gotten over my fear of presenting (hurray!).

It is apparent that you put the student first and work to place us in positions to succeed. I also wanted to thank you for pushing me to engage my discomfort and reach for a more well-rounded view of the world of education. There is more work to do but you have opened a window. Thank you!

There are two types of teachers, one who teach their students what the syllabus dictates and the other, who go beyond the coursework to teach their students things that life dictates. Thank you for being the latter. I have learned from your silence more than your talk since you are one of the few who talk less, and say more.

Thanks for everything you taught me last year as well as your support. You have always gone above and beyond the expectations of a ‘great’ professor. You are truly a treasure at Mizzou! Thanks for everything and best wishes for all your future endeavors.

Thank you for loving your job so much! You are an amazing teacher.

Thank you so much for being a professor that cares for each individual student. I have been so blessed by your encouragement and willingness to help me fully grasp course material. You have made my transition into a professional program easier and I have never felt so supported by a professor. I look forward to having you as a professor again next semester!

I cannot thank you enough for all that you have done for our class. In the midst of this heart breaking time, you still placed our learning and experience as a top priority, and I am amazed at your ability to do so. We love your dedication and passion for this profession, and appreciate you so much!  We have missed seeing you daily, but you have been in our constant thoughts and prayers.

Thanks for being a great adviser the last few years! Also, thanks for the constant supply of candy :). You were/are someone I can always come to with questions, problems, etc. and I really appreciate that.

Thank you so so much for your passion for our profession and educating. I feel so lucky to have a professor like you, finding the just-right-challenge between pushing us to be better, encouraging us, and inspiring us as future clinicians. You are appreciated, and hope you feel encouraged as an educator and proud of the work you’ve done with our class. Thank you so much!!

Just at dinner last night, a group of us first years were reflecting on the semester. We came to the conclusion that you’re one of the hardest working professors and your passion for teaching shows every single day. From staying up late to grade last minute assignments to taking the time to make us breakfast for our final, you really have made an impact. So with that being said, thank you from the first year class!

Thank you for your passion and dedication to teaching what many people find to be some of the most challenging concepts in the accounting curriculum. Your positive attitude and in-depth explanations for difficult concepts greatly enriches every class you teach.

Thank you for the wonderful and addictive course. I learned a lot of things from you. Your expertise and the way of teaching are quite fantastic and I will surely miss them. Thank you for giving some of your wisdom to me.

I had a fantastic time by taking your course. Thank you for your warm and welcoming nature, which invited us all to ask more questions.

Thank you for all your hard work and patience last semester! I had heard you were teacher of the year one year and now I know why. I was honestly a bit intimidated by the course, but with your thorough teaching style, I was able to fully grasp everything you taught. Moreover, I appreciated how you focused on what is relevant and actually important. So thank you for being a fabulous professor—one who I will always think highly of! Cheers!

It was a pleasure being in your class and getting to know you. You are perhaps, the only teacher who could make DDOS attacks and ERDs fun! 🙂

Thank you for your great efforts in helping international students to improve our American accent. You are an outstanding professor and an excellent storyteller!

Thank you for your advice and kindness. You empowered me to make a difference in my life and the lives of people looking up to me. Thank you!

Thanks for a great semester! I loved the books we read and the class meetings were always eye-opening. There was never a dull moment and you kept us on our toes. That is what learning should look like.

I am grateful to you for sharing your experience, expertise and wisdom in the hardest class I’ve had to date, yet one of my favorites. You challenged me to reach higher and further than I thought I could, while at the same time offering grace, kindness and compassion when my life was turned upside down.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

It is clear that you want us to learn and apply the knowledge we gain in your class. Throughout the course, you allowed us to freely express our experiences, thoughts and opinions, which helped me gain insight into many of the concepts we learned.

I came to you when I didn’t know what to do for my research, you provided advice and guidance. Then, you took me under your supervision; you showed me how research is done, and how a researcher should think. You gave me a fixed spot in your busy schedule and walked with me through every detail. For all the above I am grateful and ever indebted to you.

Your passion comes through in your teaching and seems to be a part of what makes you an effective professor. I’m glad I took this course with you. Thank you!

Your class and enthusiasm for the material made me genuinely excited to come to class. It helped me to find what I truly want to do with my career and where I want to go in the next few years. For that, I thank you.

I want to specially thank you for making research and its approach very ‘simple’ to me. Your approach was excellent and made me appreciate research like never before. My dream is to be a professor and when I become one, I want to be like you. Thank you.

Your diligence and direction have inspired my inner confidence to climb like a Tiger until I reach the pinnacle of my ambitions.

I know this course was probably not “required” of you to teach, with your already quite busy schedule including out-of-country travel and lots of campus advising. But, your insights will help those of us going on to teach to be mindful of the very important work this is in shaping student minds of the future. My thanks to you for going above and beyond!

Thank you for all of your encouragement. You’re an amazing person, and I want you to know you made a meaningful impact on my life.

Schools, colleges and universities don’t achieve acclaim because of their historical buildings, heavy funding or celebrity alumni. They become great because they have outstanding faculty like you.

Thank you for teaching me that emotion and logic exist best together. I learned to truly care about diversity and inclusion through your classes, and I hopefully now spread that message in a passionate but thoughtful way. You’re awesome. 🙂

I would like to express my thankfulness to you, a great professor, for your wonderful lessons in the class. I also want to thank you so much for your kindness and your great assistance to an international student like me.

You are gifted at explaining things multiple ways in an inordinately clear fashion to help students grasp concepts and theories. Thanks for the hard work you put into the course.

Thank you for being so encouraging and doing everything you can to keep us motivated and supported throughout our program. Your knowledge and leadership provides us with a priceless model for our own careers. I am so happy you are part of my education.

I really enjoyed all of the readings and found they were diverse and inclusive. I learned a lot. Thank you for allowing us the space to not only have dialogue, but be creative within our assignments as well.

As always you challenged me to push further and to learn more.

I don’t owe my professional success to my destiny, courage, luck, belief, confidence or fortune. I owe it to a wonderful scholar like you. Nothing can come close to the inspirational presence of an instructor like you in a student’s journey. You have no idea how important a role you play in shaping my research development, maybe we did not meet a lot, but those little encouragement words, means a lot to me.

Thank you for all you do for the cohort program. You’re amazing and it is much appreciated in a job where I’m sure you get little thanks. The program is life changing and you have helped shape and make it more valuable.

It is easy to take you for granted but it is difficult to forget your inspirational words. Instead of leading me by holding my hands, you asked me to walk ahead while you caringly observed from behind.

Thank you for your steadfast diligence to teaching and for making us all comfortable with your approachable, personable demeanor.

Thank you so much for caring about us beyond what your job requires.

Thank you for your passion and for your willingness to share that passion with your students. Your excitement about statistics – of all things – is helpful. 🙂

Thank you so much for keeping us engaged, learning and laughing.

Thank you for a fun semester! I always enjoy having you as a professor and I appreciate how approachable you are. It means a lot to me that you check in with how things are going, because school can get pretty stressful.

You are always very kind, patient, helpful and truly care about your profession and your students!

Thank you very much for the course. I enjoyed every minute of your lecture as well as your marvelous sense of humor. And please give my best regards to your laptop — I sincerely hope it has fully recovered!

Words are powerless to express my gratitude to you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for never letting me down. My gratitude to you for all you have done, which I will never forget. I truly appreciate you and your time you spent helping me in many occasions.

You are a great instructor: organized, responsive, patient and able to clearly explain complex topics and nuances.

Thank you so much for your time and patience. You definitively love to teach. I am usually very very anxious about approaching professors, but you make things very simple and human.