Faculty Focus: Stefan Sittig
Stefan Sittig Brings Boundless Energy and Enthusiasm to the Classroom
Stefan Sittig , Faculty
Humanities and Theater
School of Undergraduate Studies
As a professor of humanities and theatre for UMUC, it’s no surprise to find that Stefan Sittig is creative and outgoing. What’s striking is Stefan’s unbridled passion about the subjects he teaches and the students he instructs. This is how he transforms his classroom from an ordinary learning environment to an extraordinary place where curiosity and excitement reign.
Stefan’s love of acting began when he was just a small child attending the American School in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. At the age of six, he was cast in a high school production of L’il Abner. “From the moment I set foot on that stage and felt the energy from the audience, I was hooked!” says Sittig.
At age 18, Stefan returned to the U.S. to attend college at the University of Virginia. He always identified with his teachers and considered many of them iconic. “When I teach, I bring a little bit from each of my favorite teachers to the classroom. It’s my way of paying respect to all the work they went through in shaping who I am.”
In his first semester of graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University, Stefan taught theatre. “It was a tremendous opportunity and it allowed me to hone my skills as a teacher in a real college environment. It was fundamental in helping me become the teacher I am today,” he says.
Stefan is keenly aware of the impact he has upon his UMUC students. “I try to instill this energy in my students and get them excited about what I am excited about,” he says. “Most of the time, once they see my excitement, they get interested themselves and want to find out more—and that curiosity is the cornerstone of what makes a good student.”
Combining his two greatest passions, Stefan is enjoying his career at UMUC. “I love everything about teaching…and teaching theatre is just, well, the icing on the cake!” he exclaims. “There are times when I am completely surprised and find hidden abilities that were not readily apparent in some students, and it’s a wonderful discovery. As a teacher, that is our gift—that moment we see the student understands something and begins to master it. It’s brilliant! That's why I teach.”
Learn more about Stefan on his Web site