Shereen Ramadan 2014 (M.A., American)
Adjunct Instructor - History/Content Specialist
Q: What did you like about the program?
A: The history classes in the program were consistently engaging and thought provoking. In addition, the degree of flexibility in the program and accessibility of the professors is unparalleled. The professors have thoroughly mastered their respective disciplines, and engaged the students at every opportunity. The structure of the program and competency of the professors makes this a perfect program for the working professional.
Q: What was the greatest strength of the program?
A: The small class sizes and individual attention from the faculty is certainly one of the greatest strengths of the program. These two factors allowed me to engage with theory, methods, and historical content. The unique thematic fields gave me tremendous preparation for comparative historical analysis as well as for teaching Western Civilization and US History survey courses.
Q: How did your experience in the Master’s program influence your choices concerning further education or work?
A: The Master’s program in history has been an influential force in my life. Although difficult, the challenges I faced taught me more than anything I could obtain by reading a textbook. History has become more than just a series of events chronologically presented in a number of books, but has instead become a way to learn the significance of change over time. Rutgers Federated History department has allowed me to improve my analytical abilities and writing skills by challenging my capability to ask better questions and look past the obvious. My professors have demonstrated the importance of doing more than just summarizing an event, but to dig further and question the historical significance of any event. I have always felt comfortable approaching my professors for help and seeking their help every step of the way when working on a project or writing a paper. I have been able to learn multiple skills necessary for future employment and success.
Q: What aspect of your training in history shaped your professional experience?
A: My experience in the Master’s program at Rutgers taught me that history encompasses the past, present and future. As an adjunct history instructor, I teach students who come from all walks of life academically. I enjoy working with people and compelling them to love history as much as I do. Helping others to succeed when they did not think they could is one of the most fulfilling sensations in life. By assisting and pushing students to move positively forward from where they were in the classroom to where they want to be is rewarding and motivating. It is always a great feeling to know that you have made a difference for someone. I appreciate the individuals who took the time to help me learn my subject area in addition to helping me establish stronger studying and writing techniques. With this guidance I was supported effectively and prepared to thrive in academia and my career.
Describe your experience in three (3) words or phrases:
"Positive, Acessible, and Rewarding!"