PTL Spotlight: Arnold LAu

Bio: How long have you been at Rutgers? What do you teach? What brought you to Rutgers?

I have been teaching in the Computer Science department as a PTL for the last 3 years.  As an active alumni of Rutgers and head of campus recruiting at Rutgers for my company, I have a special affinity towards Rutgers.  The opportunity came up for me to apply my industry experience at Rutgers, and I wanted to try it out. The talent and energy level of the students has been inspiring and I enjoy the chance to see the next generation up close.

What do you do when you’re not teaching?

When I am not teaching, I work in the technology department of an investment bank and run several businesses.  Additionally, I support my children in their endeavors. 

What is the best part of your job?

The most rewarding part of the job is when you see that you had a positive impact on someone.  It might be to help them understand a difficult concept or share advice on how to prepare for a career after Rutgers.

Why did you get involved with the union? 

The union is fighting for working conditions that are fair for any worker, but I think it’s equally important to support people that are making such a lasting impact on the future generation. The union is asking for support so that its members can make a reasonable living. It doesn’t seem right to put our teachers in a position where healthcare is non-existent, they are living from paycheck to paycheck, and working multiple jobs to keep a roof over their head.

If you sat down and had dinner with President Holloway, what would you want to tell him that you would like to change about Rutgers?

I would ask that Rutgers make budget decisions with the idea that providing a quality education and producing good citizens should be the top priority. If you make education the priority, you can provide the environment to attract and retain the best teachers.

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