Teaching and learning - Ms Samantha Miller
Ms Samantha Millier
Lecturer in Publishing Studies
EBIT Faculty House 2020: EBIT Faculty Lecturer of the Year Award
Ms Samantha Miller: Profile
I worked in the publishing industry for 10, 5 years at various publishing houses before I joined the University of Pretoria to pursue my postgraduate studies and a career in teaching. My publishing career required me to regularly speak at book-related events, and communicate with several audiences, so the transition to teaching students was not hard. I find students intriguing and I value being part of their learning journey.
I always strive to balance theoretical and practical elements in my teaching equally. I believe students need to develop their knowledgebase, while at the same time learn skills to apply within ‘real-life’ simulated scenarios. I frequently use case studies, invite guest speakers from industry, give group work and include peer assessment. I thus follow a student-centred teaching approach.
During lockdown I created a YouTube channel that included lectures, playlists (based on themes) and competitions to engage with students better.
Ms Miller is interviewed by Prof Beth le Roux
Personal videos are uploaded on YouTube every Monday to talk about the teaching plan for the day
I like to use real-life examples in class - as and when news breaks
Examples of lecture slides
Industry involvement and student support
Quote by Professor Beth le Roux
“Samantha won a lecturer of the year award from the EBIT House Committee. It was students who voted for her. They voted for her because of her caring attitude and support during a difficult year of online teaching. This is such a lovely thing to say about your lecturer!”