Why I teach
Howard Gauthier

Howard Gauthier

Assistant Professor
Sport Science and Physical Education
College of Education
ISU-Meridian Health Science Center

What inspired you to enter higher education?
I wanted to coach college basketball since I was 12 years old. I had some outstanding coaches and mentors who helped me to believe in myself and helped me to succeed. These coaches and mentors inspired me to coach college basketball and to make a difference in the lives of young people.

What inspired you to be a university professor?
After 25 years as a coach and administrator within college athletics, it was time for me to take my experiences and turn to the classroom where I could help others to reach for their dreams of becoming coaches and athletic administrators.

What has teaching taught you about yourself?
That I want to make a difference in the lives of young people.

Why teach in a university setting?
I've always wanted to coach and teach at the college level. When I was 12 years old, I had the opportunity to attend a summer basketball camp where college coaches inspired me and made me believe in myself. They helped me to understand that I can succeed in life and that this would begin through working hard at what I loved to do, being a good student, going to college, and striving to be my best. This has been my calling in life . . . to help young people to learn, to grow, and to succeed with strong values.

If you weren't a university professor what do you think you would be doing?
I'd either be an athletic director or a basketball coach at a four-year college somewhere.

What is the most difficult aspect of teaching?
Teaching is extremely rewarding, but the greatest challenge for most faculty members in sports management is staying current with the fast-paced and quickly changing landscape within college sports. This is both exciting and a great challenge.

Is there an identifying moment where you knew you had a pronounced positive impact upon a student?
I hope I'm making a difference. I think I have. Several of my basketball players have gone on to lead successful, productive lives. And more recently, many of our athletic administration students here at ISU have secured some pretty impressive sports management positions throughout the Northwest and the United States. I think we're helping to mold and develop good productive citizens.

What career/life messages do you try to impart upon your students?
Work hard in life, follow your dreams and passions, and make a difference in the lives of others.


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