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WVU Online Faculty Testimonial - Makenzie Dolly

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Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, Teaching Assistant Professor

Never stop sharing knowledge with others

Makenzie Dolly

"My teaching style is interactive, engaging, exploratory, experiential, and involved."

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Makenzie Dolly's cat.

I've never thought twice

Makenzie Dolly went into industrial engineering because it is all about high efficiency, productivity, and organization.

"It's a representation of my character inside and out," she says. "From the time I first read about industrial engineering on some random internet forum many years ago, I knew it would be the perfect fit for me. I've never thought twice."

Similarly, Makenzie says she has always been an educator, whether it was formal or informal.

"I started peer tutoring at the age of 12 and never stopped sharing my knowledge with others. Getting to teach industrial engineering and engineering management is truly the perfect combination for me."

She describes her teaching style as interactive, engaging, exploratory, experiential, and involved.

q & a

What technology do you use in the classroom?

"I incorporate videos whenever possible, external reading materials, and a variety of built-in eCampus tools, such as VoiceThread, discussion boards, journals, and blog posts."
"I also ask students to tie in their own experiences and to share these with their classmates. This has been very fruitful and enjoyable for students in my courses."

What is the difference between online teaching vs on-campus?

"In my on-campus classes, I am VERY interactive with heavy discussion-based class periods. I rarely lecture for more than 20% of a class period."
"Online, I try to mimic this with weekly interactive assignments and videos to support the reading materials. One pro of teaching online courses is the ability to provide the same material in different formats to help each student find what works best for them and their learning."

What is the key to student success in your classes?

"Buy-in to the process! Students who actively participate, check-in frequently, and complete assignments with interest in the material do outstanding in my class."
"The materials generally aren't complicated in a technical engineering sense but instead require self-reflection and applying the material to your own experiences."

Inside WVU

In addition to teaching online engineering management courses, Makenzie is the Coordinator for the Industrial Engineering Capstone Program (IECP), which she launched in 2023.

The IECP aims to develop mutually beneficial relationships with businesses in the community and senior-level industrial engineering students, by providing free-of-cost industrial engineering support.

Outside WVU

Makenzie enjoys being outside, whether that means taking her dog for a walk, going for a hike, or hitting the beach.

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Engineering Management M.S. Occupational Safety and Health Ph.D. Safety Management M.S.

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