It’s such a pleasure to celebrate the Mihaylo College 2016 Distinguished Faculty award recipient Dr. Steven Chen. Ryan and I both had the pleasure of taking Professor Chen’s Consumer Behavior class back in 2013 and since then we have continued to be impressed by his outstanding contributions to Mihaylo College.
It’s not often that a professor says something on the first day of class that sticks with you for the rest of your life, but Dr. Chen is no ordinary professor. On day one he challenges all of his students to reach “one-inch higher.” Why? Because, as he shares, it’s the people who reach just a little higher, who go the extra mile, who leave everything on the table, that take their lives to great heights. He truly wants success for all his students. Professor Chen’s teaching style engages students and creates an inviting environment of collaborative learning that leads to the success of the entire class.
The most amazing part is that Dr. Chen is more than just a professor, he’s a mentor. Even after you graduate, he is generous with his time and wisdom. This is true for Ryan and I, and many former students. In our video tribute to Dr. Chen you will meet former students – Richard, Aprille, and Edward. You will also be introduced to Professor Chandler, who has known Professor Chen for over 15 years. And you’ll meet local business owner, Bob Bibee, who worked with Professor Chen and a group of CSUF students as part of a student consulting project.
We asked all of them to start by sharing one word to describe Dr. Chen. You’ll notice that all of them spoke to his amazing character and commitment to pushing his students and Mihaylo College… one inch higher.