Applying Real-Life Experiences to Classroom Instruction
September 6, 2013
Dr. Charles Bretan is always encouraging his students to think beyond the textbooks and to incorporate their own professional experiences during classroom discussions. "I believe that a combination of experiential learning and challenging students is the best way to work with adult learners," Dr. Bretan says. "My students bring so much valuable insight into every classroom conversation."
In recognition of Dr. Bretan's proven teaching methods, he was presented with the prestigious Donald R. Stoddard Faculty Award of Excellence at the regional commencement ceremony in Charlotte, N.C.
Originally from Miami, Fla., Dr. Bretan brings nearly three decades of teaching experience to the classroom, where he facilitates undergraduate courses in English and graduate courses in education at the Greensboro Campus in North Carolina. Since 2012, he has served as co-chair for the University's Writing Across the Curriculum Committee.
Prior to joining Strayer University in 2009, Dr. Bretan taught English courses at American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, N.C. He also led various English courses as an assistant professor and assistant dean of academics at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fla. In addition, he is the author of a half-dozen publications, including both fiction and nonfiction. Previously, Dr. Bretan was a founding member and senior research fellow at the Center for Leadership Excellence and Applied Research.
Dr. Bretan holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Florida in Gainesville, a master's degree in English from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, and a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.