Mursalata Muhammad

Professor
Mursalata Muhammad
(616) 234-4950
400 College Park Plaza (CPP)

Office Hours

  • Mondays
    • 2 PM - 4 PM in 400 CPP
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Phone Only
  • Tuesdays
    • 4 PM - 6 PM GRCC Library
  • Appointments are also available

Most effective student-instructor contact methods

  1. Office hours - options - in person and phone.
  2. Appointments - see the syllabus for scheduling details.
  3. Phone calls - preferred over email because I'm old school and phone calls give us access to two-way, real-time conversation, which reduces misunderstanding and confusion. It's like magic, except it's real.
  4. Blackboard Virtual Office - works well because I check it during office hours.

LEAST EFFECTIVE contact method - Email and HERE IS WHY...

  1. Yes, I respond to email but recognize it as a false god -
  • It lets us believe that hitting the "Send" button means we've communicated with someone, but all we really did was hit the "send" button.
  • Nothing happens - even if you get a sign that the message was "opened" - which doesn't mean it was read.
  • Nothing is communicated until someone reads it, thinks about it, decides to respond, finds time to respond, write a response, and hit the "Send" button.
  • Then the process starts all over again.

    Summum bonum/Ubuntu