|Dr. Phil Adler, Professor Emeritus
Georgia Institute of Technology
Meet Dr. Phil Adler
“Vicki, I don’t care how you compare to the others in the course. I care about how you compare to yourself. I will give you an A if it is an A for you, and even if you’re better than the others but don’t give me an A quality for you, I’m not giving you an A.”
What he taught me how to have the common sense to understand people, what motivates them, and how to be direct and handle high pressure situations. I grew up under his tutelage and will never forget what he did for me. It began with knowing he cared and that he was good at what he did. I trusted him enough to walk through the fire of his words and the agony of the amount of study it took to learn.
By the way… he never gave a test. He didn't have to. Walking into his classroom was a test.
What I remember.
Dr. Adler changed my teaching style forever. When I started teaching and contemplating my best teachers, I realized that his was the only class that I could remember specific details about the content. Now, over 20 years later, I can still recall much of the courses he taught. That is what I want for my students: experiences not rote memorization.
Dr. Adler had the entire Management wing named after him in 2005 and now has his own “Dr. Phil” show in Atlanta.(You can listen to it online.) Last time I talked to him, he said he's the original “Dr. Phil” and I agree.
I'd like to challenge you all to think about your best teachers. If you're a blogger or on social media, take time to write about the person and if you can find them, print a copy or email it. This is the legacy we leave teaching, we say thank you to those who have sacrificed for us.
Thank you, Dr. Adler. You still rock my mind!
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