“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)

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Dr Ali Eshragh
Lecturer/Researcher in Statistics & Optimization

Address:

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
The University of Newcastle
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308

Email:

Ali.Eshragh@newcastle.edu.au

Phone:

(+61) (2) 4921 5127

Fax:

(+61) (2) 4921 6898

I began teaching in 1998 when I was involved in delivering the following courses offered at Sharif University of Technology:
• Engineering Statistics;
• Applied Probability Theory and its Applications.

For a period of three years (2001-2004), I also tutored the following courses at the postgraduate level:
• Design and Analysis of Experiments;
• Mathematical Statistics;
• Reliability;
• Stochastic Dynamic Programming.

For a period of two years (2004-2006), I delivered the following courses at Azad University of Qazvin:
• Applied Probability Theory and its Applications;
• Engineering Statistics;
• Statistical Quality Control;
• Discrete-Event System Simulation.

In 2009 and 2010, I tutored the following courses at the University of South Australia:
• Decision Sciences (MATH 3017)
• Quantitative Methods in Health (MATH 1065)
In both courses I have received outstanding feedback from students through the University of South Australia Course Evaluation Instrument.

In 2013, I lectured and coordinated the postgraduate course at the University of Adelaide:
• Statistics in Engineering (STATS 7053)
at the University of Adelaide. It was a class of 115 Masters engineering students. According to the University of Adelaide Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) report, a high percentage of students were strongly satisfied with my teaching technique and my average score was (6.3 out of 7) with the standard deviation of 0.1. In the first semester of 2014, I taught the first half of the following level III-undergraduate course in the School of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Adelaide
• Optimization III (APP MTH 3014)

In the second semester of 2014, I lectured and coordinated the second half of the undergraduate course
• Engineering Mathematics (MATH 2420)
Probability and Statistics-Strand at the University of Newcastle. It was a class of 56 engineering students. According to the University of Newcastle Student Feedback on Teaching (SFT) report, my average score was (4.51 out of 5) with the standard deviation of 0.2. There were also several positive comments in this SFT, e.g.
“Ali is the best maths lecturer I’ve had at the University of Newcastle. His enthusiasm for probability and statistics is evident and encourages all students in his class to get involved with the exciting world of probability. He is extremely approachable and will go above and beyond for his students. Good job Newcastle on bringing him over here from Adelaide!”.

In 2015, my colleague (who taught the first half of the undergraduate course
Engineering Mathematics (MATH 2420)
In 2014) and I studied carefully the University of Newcastle Student Feedback on Courses (SFC) report of this course in 2014 and had several discussions over them. Eventually, in order to improve the delivery of this course, we decided to change the schedule of this course from 4-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial per week to 3-hour lecture and 2-hour tutorial per week. Accordingly, we updated the course materials. Based on the SFC report in 2015, the course average score was improved from 4.03 ( out of 5) in 2014 to 4.45 (out of 5) in 2015. For this achievement, we have been nominated for Teaching Excellence Award. Moreover, my SFT report on this course showed that my teaching score was improved from 4.51 (out of 5) in 2014 to 4.78 (out of 5) in 2015. Again, there were several excellent comments in this SFT that I report one of them here:
“Ali is the best! I really enjoyed his teaching. I wasn’t looking forward to probability and statistics, but he made it a pleasant experience. Ali is really great at explaining things in a logical and methodical way, and as a lecturer and tutor, he is very approachable which is incredibly valuable from a student’s perspective. He is always happy to help, and is very patient with us (which I’m sure must be difficult
sometimes.”

In the second semester of 2015, I lectured and coordinated the recently established undergraduate course
Statistical Reasoning and Literacy (STAT 1020)
At the University of Newcastle. It was a class of 92 undergraduate Speech Pathology and Chemistry students. According to the SFT report, my average score was (4.19 out of 5) with the standard deviation of 0.2. There were several excellent comments in this SFT that I report one of them here:
“Ali is an excellent educator- other lecturers would do well to copy his face to face methods and accessible style of teaching this difficult subject.”

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