Philosophy professor takes time off to reflect on student perspective

Philosophy Professor Andrew Sergienko intends to spend a quarter next year researching judgment and decision-making to gain new insight into student perspectives.

Explaining this desire, he said, “It’s also good to be reminded of what it’s like to be a student…otherwise, you can get out of touch.”

Sergienko expects some of his research to be incorporated into his curricula. He would specifically like to inform his critical thinking course and Intro to Philosophy and Ethics.

Though Sergienko does not anticipate his students to notice the additions, he hopes his new findings will energize his teaching style.

“I think students can tell when a teacher has been doing the same thing for too long. I don’t ever want students to see that in me,” he said.

His idea spawned after receiving the book “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman as a Christmas gift from his mother. The book really intrigued Sergienko, he said. Wanting to study the field more, he proposed this one-quarter sabbatical.