Raymond J. Pingree

Assistant Professor, Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University

Raymond J. Pingree


Teaching philosophy: Expression as learning

Even in large lecture classes, I try to incorporate expressive activities about the most important or difficult concepts because I believe trying to apply a concept in one's own words is the best way to learn it. Creating opportunities for expressive learning does not have to increase the workload for grading. For instance, in my large lectures, instead of taking attendance I have written activities that ask difficult conceptual questions but are simply recorded for attendance, not graded for correctness. Students always seem to do well on exam questions related to the concepts in these activities.

Teaching philosophy: Motivating students

The "carrot and the stick" of grades often seems to motivate only a subset of students, and only superficially to pass the test instead of to really understand the content. The research on human motivations summarized in the video below has strongly influenced my teaching style, shifting my attention to three other motivations I try to foster:

A wonderful, brief lecture by Dan Pink on motivations

Recent teaching evaluations

YearCourseCourse typeEvaluations
2016Advanced Web DesignUndergrad lab5.0 / 5.0 comments
2016Public OpinionGraduate seminar4.3 / 5.0
2015Visual CommunicationUndergrad lab4.5 / 5.0
2015Research methods (graduate)Graduate methods4.2 / 5.0
2015Visual CommunicationUndergrad lab4.3 / 5.0
2015Advanced Web Design (graduate)Graduate lab4.6 / 5.0
2014Visual CommunicationUndergrad lab4.3 / 5.0
2014Advanced Web DesignUndergrad lab4.6 / 5.0
2014Visual CommunicationUndergrad lab4.3 / 5.0
2014Visual CommunicationUndergrad lab4.3 / 5.0
2013Visual CommunicationUndergrad lab4.7 / 5.0
2013Visual CommunicationUndergrad lab3.8 / 5.0
2013Political CommunicationUpper-level undergrad4.8 / 5.0 comments
2013New Media & DemocracyUpper-level undergrad4.3 / 5.0 comments
2012User-Centered Communication DesignUpper-level undergrad lab4.9 / 5.0 comments
2012Introduction to Organizational CommunicationLarge lecture undergrad4.4 / 5.0 comments
2012Political CommunicationUpper level undergrad4.6 / 5.0 comments
2012Introduction to Organizational CommunicationLarge lecture undergrad4.3 / 5.0 comments
2011Political Communication SeminarGraduate seminar5.0 / 5.0 comments
2011Communication in Decision-MakingUpper level undergrad4.8 / 5.0
2011Political CommunicationUpper level undergrad4.4 / 5.0
2011Introduction to Organizational CommunicationLarge lecture undergrad4.1 / 5.0