"I tell every class that the best part of my professional day is when I walk into the classroom to be with them."
Professor Broyles, an expert biologist with overflowing passion for course topics ranging from genetic engineering to climate change, sets an ambitious personal goal for his introductory biology class.
By the end of week one, he aims to have all of the first names and at least one fact about each of the 80 to 90 students in the class memorized. “It shows them that if I have the capability of learning all of their names by the end of the first week, then I certainly expect them to approach the course material in the same way for me,” he says.
Investing in a class the same energy he expects out of his students remains a trademark of Professor Broyles. The same can be said for his deep appreciation of the outdoor classroom.
Travels with his students have taken them to the College’s Outdoor Education Center at Raquette Lake for a field biology course in the Adirondacks as well as to Costa Rica for a neo-tropical biology offering.
Students often appreciate the opportunities just as much, evidenced by their lifelong connection with Professor Broyles. He cherishes the contact they keep far after graduation, when they have found successful careers as school teachers, principals and researchers with doctoral degrees.
“I tell every class that the best part of my professional day is when I walk into the classroom to be with them,” says Professor Broyles, who has earned several prestigious teaching awards. “I really feel that interacting with young minds is the finest reward that comes with this job.”