professors who “made me excited about learning,” “cared about me as a person,” or “encouraged my hopes and dreams.”Making students excited about learning what you teach seems both good and a good sign. It suggests that you actually care enough about it to convey this to students, and even to infect them with it.
I'm less sure about caring about students as people. They are people, and professors who neither recognize this fact nor care accordingly are doing something wrong. But surely our job is primarily to care about them as students, not as people. Professors' relationships with their students should be professional, which does not mean heartless, I would think.
And as for encouraging hopes and dreams, I think I disagree. The last students I talked to about their hopes and dreams wanted to go into academia and did not want to hear that this was a bad idea. I didn't press the issue, but I don't think that encouraging hopes and dreams that cannot equally be described as realistic plans does anyone any favors.
The article I quoted above also says that:
Graduates who had done a long-term project that took a semester or more, who had held an internship, or who were extremely involved in extracurricular activities or organizations had twice the odds of being engaged at work and an edge in thriving in well-being.But later points out:
It’s not clear whether the respondents who are thriving in the workplace do so because of some internal drive, and whether that internal drive had led them to find internships, proactive mentors, or long-term projects.So it doesn't strike me as very helpful.
I prefer stuff like this, this, and this, although it's clearly aimed below the college level. It does at least bring out the value of repeating an activity, retrieving a memory, and reviewing material in a variety of ways. There's not much more there that isn't already obvious and that seems relevant to the teaching of philosophy, but even this is good to know. So far as science has spoken about how to teach it has not found much to say.