SPHHS names Goldstein Outstanding Online Teacher

Dan Goldstein

April 16, 2015

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) is pleased to announce that Dan Goldstein, Instructor in the Online MPH in Public Health Practice (PHP) program, has been named the recipient of the SPHHS Outstanding Online Teacher Award. The award, which is given annually by the School, recognizes excellence in online teaching.

“I feel privileged to teach the outstanding students of the online MPH program and I am humbly honored to receive the SPHHS Outstanding Online Teacher Award,” says Goldstein

Goldstein completed his Ph.D. in developing a theory of MetaNarrative-Ethics from the Université de Montréal. This academic year he is teaching PUBHLTH 602 (Community Development and Health Education), PUBHLTH 690SJ (Social Justice), and this summer will teach PUBHLTH 525 (Ethical Issues in Public Health) in the MPH-PHP program. Goldstein was cited for his contributions to teaching in an online classroom environment.

“One of my approaches to teaching in the online program is to make sure that students leave with more questions than they come in with. My pedagogy emphasizes bringing into question the social discourses that circulate and structure our way of being and thinking in the world,” he notes.

In addition to serving as an instructor in the online program, Goldstein teaches Healthcare Ethics at Springfield College, and philosophy at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts. He is also a Lecturer in the UMass Amherst Department of Health Promotion and Policy. His research highlights a critical pedagogical approach to health education.

“For my students I stress the importance of thinking through the questions we ask as there is no neutral standpoint from which we can assess questions of justice, questions of ethics, and questions of development,” Goldstein adds.