Arriving on campus at the start of the Fall 2011 semester, Professor Shengxiong Wu quickly established himself as an educator passionate about teaching, an educator who measures success by the intellectual curiosity of his students.
When exploring the possibility of joining the Texas Wesleyan faculty, Professor Wu said he was looking for the right place for him; a university where he could put teaching first. A university with students excited about learning.
“Texas Wesleyan is right in line with my career goals. It is in the number one tier of regional universities (U.S. News and World Report) and I like the people here. They are very nice. They’re friendly and patient.
“When I interviewed I had the opportunity to teach a class for 75 minutes. I was impressed by how involved the students were. They were responsive to the questions I asked and really interacted with the faculty.”
Professor Wu teaches Corporate Finance, Investments and Personal Finance. Having students who are engaged and who participate in class fits his teaching style. Rather than standing at the front of a large auditorium lecturing to nameless faces, Professor Wu prefers smaller classes and getting to know his students.
“I love to watch students learn. One thing I try to do is demonstrate how the theory we’re learning in class can be applied in business. We read The Wall Street Journal and use current, real-world examples to help students think critically about actual financial situations. Students are able to realize how topics in business impact them personally.”
Professor Wu said student curiosity is heightened when they make the connection between what they’re learning in class and how it affects their lives. Curious students make for an engaged and interactive classroom. The kind of classroom where teaching comes first. The kind of classroom Professor Wu found at Texas Wesleyan.
Professional Certification: Financial Risk Manager
Did You Know?
Whether playing in a friendly pick-up game or watching the pros on television, Professor Wu loves basketball. As someone new to Texas, he is looking forward to attending games of the reigning NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks.