Weijun (Will) Zheng, Ph.D.
My professional schedule consists of teaching days and non-teaching days. On a typical teaching day, I generally get to Parkside one hour before class so that I can rehearse today’s topic and get my teaching materials ready, then lecture goes on. After my class, I usually stay a few more minutes to see if students have questions or simply chat with students a bit. My office hours are dedicated to students’ questions regarding their homework and the class. On non-teaching days, I like to polish my teaching preparation, finish my grading, and work on different research projects. In order to publish on academic journals, I spend a lot of time in reading, writing, collecting and analyzing data. Besides working on research projects, I frequently advise students on their course selection and academic progress. I feel advising is an excellent way to connect with my students. Once a student meets with me they will feel more connected with the faculty at Parkside as well. At last, I also stand on various levels of school committees and maintain external connections within my academic fields working on reviews and collaborating research and so on.
When choosing to work in the academic field, the true nature is due to the curiosities in the field that we selected. My priorities for the next five years is to have high quality publications out through my research as well as enlarge my teaching portfolio by developing new courses for students.
Outside of work, I am a big fan of movies, especially Sci-Fi and Drama movies. When I lived in Oklahoma I was more involved with football, but not as much now. If I could travel to any place I would like to go to New Zealand for leisure, but it was my dream to visit Mars.