“Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.”
Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life

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Big Ideas

I read a recent article from ‘The Teaching Professor’ rethinking – and rebalancing – the nexus of teaching and learning. In an critique of this duality, the article’s author Maryellen Weimer posits, “I’m after big changes here—a broader and more complex understanding of learning followed by the recognition that we need to devote less effort…

But, we’ve come so far!

Over the first two weeks of this semester, I had several engaging conversations with my colleagues about yet another semester of pandemic teaching, and the longing for a return to normal. Certainly, this is a view many people share – in and out of our university and community – and with good spirit. We are…

Find Your Tribe

I regularly read the “Teaching” newsletter published through the Chronicle of Higher Education which last week included a discussion on building a teaching community. The advice is sage; we, as faculty, should make an effort to find our tribe – so to speak – of faculty within our departs, our universities, and in our disciplines…

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Associate Professor of Sociology at Eastern Illinois University

In June 2021, I will become the Director of the Faculty Development and Innovation Center at Eastern Illinois University


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