Dr. Michael E. Bryan, Coordinator
Office of Student Outcomes Assessment
121 College Place
Norfolk, Virginia 23509
Office: (757) 822-1073
Email: mbryan@tcc.edu
Homepage: Office of Student Outcomes Assessment
Homepage: Faculty/Teaching

Meet the Professor

In his role as Coordinator for the Office of Student Outcomes Assessment at Tidewater Community College, Dr. Bryan enjoys collaborating with administrators, faculty, staff and students. As TCC enhances its culture of evidence and assessment's role in curriculum planning, he stresses two guiding concepts which are coined "Baby Steps" and "M&M". “Baby Steps” is a metaphor used to describe the assessment reporting process. As with a child's growth, assessment is a continuous process and a gradual sequencing from one stage of development to another. Rome wasn't built in a day, nor should our assessment activities. The "M&M" rule calls for the need to balance manageability with meaningfulness. For instance, when writing outcomes and identifying assessment measures, the data collection process must be manageable yet produce meaningful results.

In addition to his responsibilities in directing the college's outcomes assessment efforts, Dr. Bryan teaches as an adjunct for the Division for Business, Public Services, and Technologies at the Chesapeake Campus. He provides this faculty webpage (with links to syllabus and student exit surveys) so interested students can better determine if his courses and pedagogies fit the student's expectations and learning style. His passion is teaching which is observable through his students' positive feedback and his recognitions that include being a two-time nominee for Teacher of the Year as a middle school business teacher and recipient of the prestigious Curriculum Development Award as a business faculty at a postsecondary/trade institution of higher education.

From spring 2008 to spring 2010, he served a 2-year term as Chair of the Administrative Association. His interest in educational leadership, governance, and professional development were perfectly aligned with the direction and needs of the Association. One of his achievements was the creation of an Administrator Learning Community (Book Club). To address an important aspect of student life and the collegiate experience at TCC, Dr. Bryan attempted to form a TCC College-wide Golf Club. The club would provide TCC students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to interact while improving their level of play. Equally important, the club allows participants to the engage in a healthy, active lifestyle.

In his spare time, Dr. Bryan enjoys karaoke, cultivating his vegetable and flower gardens, acrylic painting, freshwater fishing, and greatest of all - spending time with his family. He and his children enjoyed learning martial arts at Chesapeake Tae Kwon Do. He is active in Freemasonry, having served as Marshall, Chaplain and Lodge Education Officer at his Lodge, and recently served as President of Great Bridge #257 AF&AM Charity Fund Inc. Dr. Bryan is published author on Masonic topics including Masonic philanthropy. His Bikes-for-Books Reading Incentive Program at Southeastern Elementary was covered in the Virginian-Pilot Chesapeake Clipper (June 3, 2012). Dr. Bryan is an active volunteer at Southeastern Elementary, where he has served as a member of the Southeastern Elementary PTA Board, but now focuses on volunteering in the classroom and grantwriting.

He holds a MEd in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Missouri (2011), an EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000), a MS in Secondary/Business Education from Dowling College (1997), and a BBA in Public Accounting from Hofstra University (1992). Dr. Bryan is a licensed and experienced public school Business educator and central office administrator, and a trained and licensed Principal and Superintendent in North Carolina and Commonwealth of Virginia.

Although he serves as a fulltime administrator at the college, his passion is teaching. Shown below are the courses taught and links to the course outlines as well as the feedback provided through the Student Evaluation of Instructor forms.

Courses Taught

Course Outlines Student Evaluations
Spring 2017 AST 101 Keyboarding 1 (Class Nbr 35187, Section WZ3P, 3 Units)

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  ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 35439, Section O01C, 3 Units) Click Here  
Fall 2016 AST 101 Keyboarding 1 (Class Nbr 32272, Section W03P, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
  ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 24163, Section O01C, 3 Units) Cancelled Cancelled
Spring 2016 AST 102 Keyboarding 2 (Class Nbr 47841, Section WZ3P, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 29786, Section O02C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
Fall 2015 AST 101 Keyboarding I (Class Nbr 28202, Section W03P, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 11182, Section O01C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
Spring 2015 ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 43769, Section O02C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
Fall 2014 EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession (Class Nbr 33447, Section O02C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 33590, Section O01C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
Spring 2014 ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 62368, Section O02C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
Fall 2013 EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession (Class Nbr 51509, Section O02C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 47286, Section O01C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
Fall 2012 EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession (Class Nbr 50815, Section O02C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 49091, Section O01C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
Spring 2012 EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession (Class Nbr 25835, Section O02C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
Fall 2011 EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession (Class Nbr 48017, Section O02C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 42828, Section O01C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
Spring 2011 ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 22523, Section O01C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
Fall 2010 EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession (Class Nbr 57384, Section O02C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 52884, Section O01C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
Spring 2010 ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 26367, Section O01C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here (part2)
Fall 2009 ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 54634, Section O01C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession (Class Nbr 66834, Section O02C, 3 Units) Cancelled Cancelled
Spring 2009 EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession (Class Nbr 25283, Section O02C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
Fall 2008 ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 33862, Section O01C, 3 Units) Click Here Click Here
CHD 230 Behavior Management School Age Child Care (Class Nbr 33466, Section O01C, 3 Units) Cancelled Cancelled
Spring 2008 EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession (Class Nbr , Section O01C, 3 Units) Click here Click here

Fall 2007

ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 44967, Section O02C, 3 Units)

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CHD 230 Behavior Management School Age Child Care (Class Nbr 63193, Section O01C, 3 Units) Click here Click here
Spring 2007 CHD 230 Behavior Management School Age Child Care (Class Nbr 44733, Section O01C, 3 Units) Click here Click here
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession (Class Nbr 23620, Section O02C, 3 Units) Click here Click here

Fall 2006

ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 33909, Section O01N, 3 Units)

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Spring 2006

ACC 215 Computerized Accounting
* Norfolk Campus (Class Nbr 29493, Section O01N, 3 Units)
* Chesapeake Campus (Class Nbr 36563, Section O01C, 3 Units)

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Fall 2005

ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 60468, Section O01N, 3 Units)

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Spring 2005

ACC 215 Computerized Accounting (Class Nbr 37082, Section N01N, 3 Units)

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Sample of Favorite Quotes

Aristotle * The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
Russell Baker * An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false, misleading, fictitious, mendacious - just dead wrong.
Bill Beattie * The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.
Warren Bennis * Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery.
* Great things are accomplished by talented people who believe they will accomplish them.
* Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line.
* Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.
* Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
* Our tendency to create heroes rarely jibes with the reality that most nontrivial problems require collective solutions.
* People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.
* There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.
* There is a profound difference between information and meaning.
* You need people who can walk their companies into the future rather than back them into the future.
* The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.
Claude Bernard * The true worth of an experimenter consists in his pursuing not only what he seeks in his experiment, but also what he did not seek.
Yogi Berra * Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.
* It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
* You can observe a lot by just watching.
* We made too many wrong mistakes.
* The future ain't what is used to be.
* If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be.
* It's deja vu all over again.
* A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.
* Half the lies they tell about me aren't true.
* He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious.
* In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
* It ain't the heat, it's the humility.
* Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.
* The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.
* We have deep depth.
* When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it.
* You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six.
Wernher von Braun
* One test result is worth one thousand expert opinions.

Mandell Creighton

* The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.

John Cusack (line from Say Anything) * I don't want to sell anything, buy anything or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought or processed, or repair anything sold, bought or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that.
Edward DeBono

* The purpose of science is not to analyze or describe but to make useful models of the world. A model is useful if it allows us to get use out of it.
* Perception is real even when it is not reality.
* If you do not design the future someone or something else will design it for you.
* We may need to solve problems not by removing the cause but by designing the way forward even if the cause remains in place.
* Traditional thinking is all about "what is;" Future thinking will also need to be about what can be.
* Effectiveness without values is a tool without a purpose.

Albert Einstein * Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.
Robert Frost * Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
John Gardner * Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.
Gail Godwin * Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.
Robert Ingersoll * It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.
Jeremiah * For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
Carl Jung * One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
* If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
Martin Luther King Jr. * I don't ever want you to forget that there are millions of God's children who will not, and cannot get a good education, and I don't want you feeling that you are better than they are. For you will never be what you ought to be until they are all that they ought to be.
Roger Lewin

* Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.

Abraham Maslow * We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings.
* A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.
* A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.
* He that is good with a hammer tends to think everything is a nail.
* If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
* If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life.
Karl Menninger * One of the most untruthful things possible, you know, is a collection of facts, because they can be made to appear so many different ways.
Ivan Pavlov * While you are experimenting, do not remain content with the surface of things. Don't become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin.
Alfred Pennyworth * ...some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.
Plato * ...and yet the true creator is necessity, who is the mother of our invention.
Carl Rogers * The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn... and change.
* The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.
* The very essence of the creative is its novelty, and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.
George Santayana * The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
B. F. Skinner * Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
* I did not direct my life. I didn't design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That's what life is.
* We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.
George Steinbrenner * I haven't always done a good job, and I haven't always been successful - but I know that I have tried.
Vernon Sanders Law
* Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
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