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Sustainability Science Degree Faculty

David SzymanskiDavid Szymanski
Assistant Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences

What do you teach?

I teach Environmental Chemistry, Principles of Geology, and Environmental Policy. With my professional background in forensic chemistry, I have also taught Forensics at Bentley.

Why do you like teaching at Bentley?

I came to Bentley because I love working with non-science majors; I was attracted to the idea of helping students understand how critical science and technology are to business and society. So while I get to teach basic scientific principles, at Bentley, it’s also my job to help students apply those concepts to sustainability in business and society. In other words, we teach why science is important. That's easier said than done. But when you love the challenge, being a science professor at Bentley is the best job in the world.

What is your teaching style?

I try to remain student-centered by keeping the classroom relaxed, hands-on, and active. I avoid traditional lectures as much as possible, opting for in-class exercises, discussions and labs. I also think it’s critical to see students as colleagues, not only to improve the atmosphere for learning, but also to help prepare them for their professional lives. So, I build personal-professional relationships with students inside and outside of the classroom. I hold them responsible for their own academic success, but I think we all benefit when everyone is invested.

What advice would you offer a new Bentley student?

Developing relationships with your professors pays off again and again, so take time to talk to your professors outside of class. Having a personal connection with professors enhances teaching and learning. We're here to teach content, but in the broadest sense, our job is to teach students how to keep learning. And that doesn't happen just by being in the same place twice a week.