Peter Fourlaris: “Which classes are you currently teaching?”
Matt Unger: ”I’m currently teaching Sociology 333A: Development of Sociology II and Sociology 344A: Mass Communication.”
PF: “What is your favorite part of your job?”
MU: “My favorite aspect of teaching at Concordia is the conversations that I have with students and discussions in class. It’s very rewarding to see my students grappling with difficult ideas and see how they can apply these ideas to their lives and interpret the world around them. The Concordia student body is also incredibly diverse – meeting people from all walks of life and backgrounds is super interesting to me.”
PF: How many years have you been at Concordia?
MU: “I have been teaching at Concordia since 2008. I left to teach in Turkey for a couple years, but have been back since the fall of 2013.”
PF: “What is your favorite book?”
MU: “My favorite book has to be Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “Notes from the Underground” (Maybe The Idiot) but Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Dispossessed” is a close second.”
PF: “What is your favorite movie?”
MU: “Hmmm...this changes all the time for me. Probably the most engaging show that I’ve seen in recent years is True Detective. My favorite podcast is Serial.”
PF: “What is your favorite hobby away from school?”
MU: “I have 2 hobbies that I love: I design and build audiophile speaker systems and have been designing for a company in BC for a couple years now. Secondly, I love mountain biking. I take my bike wherever I travel, join a club and ride the hills and mountains with the locals. That is the best way to travel.”
PF: “What is
something that the reader might not know about you?”
MU: “I went to Concordia for one year during my music studies in my undergraduate degree – 1995-1996 and sang in the choir with Dr. Hooper, it was a wonderful time and I had great memories.”
PF: “Do you have any advice for students in their first year?”
MU: “Read voraciously and talk about what you’re reading. University should not just be about getting a piece of paper, but challenging the foundations of who you think you are and your relation to the world. Rather than think of your education as mere memorization, think of it as perspective taking and training – this is something that is far more difficult, lasting, and rewarding than being able to repeat facts in tests. You will have a far richer experience if you read and challenge yourself to read texts above your ability. Perpetually keep an open mind to the ideas you are reading, people you are talking with, and teachers you have during school; understand you can never exhaust any idea or perspective. Also understand that if you feel like you are a beginner in your first year, this is a good feeling and something you should never let go of – after 15 years of post-secondary education I still feel like a beginner and am always learning from my teaching and discussions with students.”
Thank you very much Dr. Matthew Unger for a very entertaining interview. I hope this article can show everyone what an extraordinary professor and person you are.
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