Dr. Ryan L. Fogt


Teaching Philosophy

Few things excite me more than watching an individual, whether a student or member of the general public, move from not understanding a topic to grasping the new concept with enthusiasm which leads to further inquisition and exploration.  My teaching philosophy employs a balance between oral, visual, written, and kinesthetic techniques, and has been proven effective through student evaluations which are consistently at or above college and departmental averages. 

In lower-division lecture courses, I appeal to the diversity of student learning styles by complimenting the oral lectures with visual demonstrations, such as using a lava lamp to demonstrate atmospheric stability.  In other courses, I have the amazing opportunity to work with a smaller group of students, going beyond the theory presented in oral lectures and teach application using kinesthetic techniques.  It is very important to me that students finish with a great understanding of the course objectives, so I strive to both recognize and confront the learning diversity in every course I teach.  If we ineffectively communicate our understanding of the world around us to the next generation of researchers, forecasters, and educators alike, then we have failed as scientists.  Science without excellence in education and dissemination is merely a hobby.

During my time at Ohio University, I have expanded course offerings in order for the program to meet employment requirements as a meteorologist outlined by both the National Weather Service and the American Meteorological Society.  These courses included moving the Dynamic Meteorology series from Physics to Geography, and adding a course in Physical Meteorology.  With small class sizes, I have strived to make these courses interactive as possible.

I am especially passionate about education, as great teachers have shaped my life, provided direction for my future, and urged me on to success.  Through effective teaching, one of my life goals is to follow in the footsteps of the educators before me.  In so doing, I hope to impact students’ lives to make an enriched future for everyone.

Courses Taught

(Current Course Material Available on Blackboard)

Geography 1100 (Physical Geography)

Geography 3010 (Meteorology)

Geography 3020 (Climatology)

Geography 3030 (Physical Meteorology)

Geography 4080 (Dynamic Meteorology I)

Geography 4090 (Dynamic Meteorology II)

Geography 6010 (Graduate Seminar in Meteorology / Climatology)