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Using Headshots: Making a Positive Impression & Connection

Submitted by Emily Matheson

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What challenge, problem or motivation inspired you to make one small change?

I had an invitation of coming down for a headshot in the Hub. There are many faculty both part-time and full-time involved in my team, so having a picture of myself for my email and to have on my Moodle for my students with a small blurb about myself gave them a chance to get to know me more, and be able to put a face to a name.

Tell us about your one small change:

My headshot showed my students what I looked like, and the small blurb I attached with my image gave my students information about who I was, about my family, about my hobbies, what I’m involved in the community, etc. It was letting students get to know me better and let them feel more connected with me as a person and a professor.

What was the result of your one small change?

The result of doing this was positive, students felt more connected. And I was able to test my students for fun on myself to see if they actually read my personal blurb. Overall it made me feel more personable with students.

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