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08th of July 2013
I would like to express my support for the consideration of Assistant Professor Mark Chavez as a successful applicant for tenure at Nanyang Technological University. Having been in Asst. Prof Chavez’s studio elective classes at School of Art, Design & Media for three modules and semesters, he showed great dedication and support as a teacher. He was also my mentor for my Final Year Project in school and I appreciate the way he gave constructive advice to the whole process without compromising on my creativity. Eventually this animation project, Drunken Moon, was awarded Gold at Digicon 6 (2013) and was showcased at several art festivals. After graduation, I worked under him as a Research Animator for his Research Project.
His unique gift as a mentor inheres in his ability to combine demands from his students to excel, with a sincere desire that they succeed as he is always willing to share from his great deal of industry experience before his designation at ADM. He constantly looks to improve students’ learning experience by altering the way he teaches in order to cater for different needs of the students. His insistence on his students’ learning accuracy is well accompanied by great warmth and understanding. He supports each student’s individual struggles with guidance and patience. I have never seen him grown impatient with attending to any of our questions, or fail to try his best to help a sincere learner. At consultations, he would always offer his advice and teach us in depth, often spending twice as much time as the consultation slot had indicated. I have also never seen a professor who is so genuinely and obviously pleased in his students’ achievements.
Asst. Prof Chavez makes a true mentor even outside class time. Despite his workload, he is always willing to take time in engaging a chat with students about ideas, career, goals and life in general. His enthusiasm and support deeply inspired me, which motivated me to face challenges that I had since my first class with him. It encouraged me to pursue my dreams in career and life upon graduation.
Not only does he set dreams and goals for his students, but also for his research projects. His passion, faith, and goals indeed influence people around him to embrace creativity with courage and endurance. My views on him are derived not only from my several years of student-mentor association with him, but also from my personal evaluation of him against the broad range of professors that my peers and I have encountered over the course of four years. The professors at ADM may have constantly been changing, but he continued to be a pillar to the team.
Best of all, he did not just help develop my skills and creativity, he also attributed to my character and caused me to embrace curiosity in learning. Today, he continues to be my mentor and friend. There is more to say about Asst. Prof Chavez; I hope I have successfully conveyed the essence of it. Asst. Prof Chavez deserves recognition for the good work he has done and the school he has served. Your committee would be well justified in granting him this award for tenure at NTU.
Name: Raymond Teo (Former NTU student)
Profession: Motion Graphic Art Director at Ray Avenue (Self-employed)