Liya Wang - Sociology
I was born in China and grew up in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution. I finished my undergraduate education and two years of graduate studies in China before coming to this country to pursue my graduate degrees in the late 1980s. After receiving my doctorate degree from University of Utah, I moved to Northeast Ohio. I have taught at Baldwin-Wallace College for 10 years.
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
I have learned that the vast majority of the people who work for the college are dedicated professionals who are willing to go out of their way to help students achieve their dreams. A lot of our students are not only interesting, intelligent and motivated learners, they are also compassionate and caring human beings. I have learned that I found my dream job teaching as a college professor because I love every aspect it.
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
I love school, period. I love everything about it. The people, the activities, and the overall feel of a teaching-learning environment.
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
First off, I try to be always available to my students. I keep regular contact with them largely through email, even on weekends. I also meet with those with questions and concerns as soon as the need arises. Besides helping my advisees with course scheduling, I always try to find time to discuss career goals and employment opportunities with them.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
I’m not sure, maybe doing research of some sort since I was trained to analyze things. If I hadn’t spent a decade getting my advanced degrees, I would probably have become a travel writer, an interior designer, a carpenter, or a picture-framer since occasionally I still daydream to be all of the above.
What do students like best about your class?:
Here are some quotes from students who have taken my classes:
“This class has made me see the other sides of issues.”
“Professor Wang was concerned about her students. She wanted all her students to succeed.”
“I really liked having the first hand perspective of Dr. Wang because I learned much more that I would have from any textbook.”