Gardner, Douglas S.
Associate Professor
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Last Updated: 10/24/18 -

Professional Background & Academic Credentials (Long Version Professional CV)~

Douglas S. Gardner has an Associate’s Degree from Ricks College (BYU-Idaho) in Psychology, Bachelor’s Degree from BYU-Provo in Human Development, Master’s Degree from California State University, Bakersfield in Educational Administration, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Educational, Organization, and Leadership. The process of deciding on a career is a great adventure as the career decision-making process is not a onetime event but something you do over and over again as you learn more. Doug teaches Career and Major Exploration in a traditional classroom setting since August 2008 and occasionally teaches other classes.  


Doug is married to Andrea (since 2000), father to four growing children (Spencer, Ashleigh, Amelia, and Alaina). He lives in Provo where and enjoys watching and coaching his kid's sports teams. Doug enjoys running and reading. His kids enjoy it when a couple times a year they get in the car really early in the morning and start driving toward a vacation destination. By the time the kids wake up we have nearly arrived.

Personal Teaching Philosophy~

My Job/Career: I really like my job and am actually doing something I did not know existed when I started college. In fact I did not know this job existed until I was 35 years old and working on my doctorate degree. My career focus is that I am a higher education professional. I love everything about higher education, most importantly the students.

This Class (SLSS 2100): This class is a service to you. The goal is to help you learn more about yourself, careers, and help you make decisions about your future. I do not guarantee you will know what you want to do after you complete this course, rather I guarantee you will know what you need to do and have the needed resources.

You as a Student: More accurately you are a learner. Everyone of you, regardless of your good or bad experiences with education in the past, has the ability to be successful. Your responsibility is to succeed at navigating the levels of complexity within this and all of your courses and to earn a good grade. It is your responsibility to grow, develop, and change as a learner. How you will change is up to you and the effort you put into your learning experience and the extent to which you allow your learning experience to affect you. 

Me as a teacher: More than a teacher I believe my role is the guide on the side, coach, or co-learner. I am trying to improve the courses I teach based on feedback from students and my peers as well as my own insights along the way. My responsibility is to help you be a successful student—to help you discover the current of learning that lies deep within you. This is a challenge I am intrigued by.

Knowledge: We literally possess knowledge in our minds/brains, it can grow and expand, it is influenced (i.e., for good and for bad) by our way of looking at the world (i.e., beliefs and assumptions). Learning takes place as we make discoveries and learning is dynamic. To increase our knowledge and learn we need to have open minds, curiosity, and effort.

How People Learn: From the many theories I have learned about and from the experiences I have had  I conclude that people learn best when they (a) feel comfortable to explore ideas in a non-threatening environment, (b) are challenged to work harder and think differently, (c) become directly engaged through an actual experience. These are things I will try to introduce in my teaching. 

Distance Education: I prefer the classroom environment; however I am fascinated by the online tools that allow us to interact in a close to real environment. One of the challenges of distance education is the lack of structure that face-to-face class attendance provides in the traditional approach to education. You will need to provide your own structure by appropriate time management. This means planning and goal setting for the reading, research, writing and activities required for successful completion of the course. I will help you maintain this discipline by giving you timely feedback on the work you submit.