It is the intention of the Board of Advisors of Southwest Acupuncture College to ensure that students are exposed to a faculty from diverse educational backgrounds in Oriental medicine. Such diversity reflects the history and current status of Oriental medicine that comprises traditions from China, Japan, Korea and other eastern countries as well as interpretations transplanted to Europe and the Americas. Educational institutions throughout the world excel in teaching various facets of the field, but it is doubtful that any one institution can thoroughly encompass the full breadth and depth of the field. Southwest Acupuncture College itself chooses to focus primarily on classical Chinese medicine as the foundation of its Master’s program and to expose students secondarily to traditions from other countries. In the interest of creating the “hybrid vigor” which occurs when ideas are cross-pollinated, the school will employ faculty from diverse backgrounds so that students are exposed to a variety of theories and interpretations that challenge their analytical abilities and provides them with a variety of clinical approaches.
The Board also recognizes the responsibility of all schools of Oriental medicine to contribute to the development of teachers for the field. Students who express interest in becoming teachers and exhibit the necessary abilities will be encouraged by Southwest Acupuncture College’s faculty to pursue this career option. Such students may be chosen as graduate teaching assistants, guided by the faculty and administration to develop their teaching abilities. The acupuncture school will maintain a non-discriminatory policy allowing such graduates to apply for positions as full-time and part-time faculty at Southwest Acupuncture College. Thus, the college faculty may comprise a healthy blend of those trained in other institutions and its own best graduates to assure a high quality of education now and in the future.
The faculty at Southwest Acupuncture College is one of the school’s greatest strengths. It is a strong assembly of expert American and Asian practitioners all of whom possess excellent teaching skills, strong and varied clinical experience, and a desire to help each student excel. As a group, the faculty shares a unified vision of excellence and dedication to the college community. They are among the finest group of teachers one can find at any institution.