Ironically, teaching across the broad spectrum of a discipline combined with a willingness to do so is a curious oddity in the academic world. We are often encouraged to specialize and aim toward depth rather than breadth. I can’t quite wrap my head around that. Yet when you aren’t a specialist it’s hard to really account for what you do.
If you are like me, you found this teaching dossier because someone asked you for ‘proof’ of your life as a professor. While I started with the idea that this was for someone else, in the end, it turned out to be more just for me. It’s was hard to imagine how to show my work and this seemed like as good a format as any.
Somewhere between teaching dozens of classes and thousands of students I discovered that my greatest stregths are breadth and adaptability. This isn’t well captured in numbers alone.
APPARENTLY I’M A POLYMATH (LOOK IT UP, IT’S WORTH IT)
This is my second go-around with a teaching dossier. The first time I took it as an excercise in accounting what I’ve done over my career. This time it’s more reflective of how and why I teach (with a little accounting thrown in for good measure). It should give you a sense of who I am, a snapshot of my experience, and a sense of why I do what I do in and outside of the classroom.
As long as I continue to teach, this will be a document forever ‘in progress’ and can only ever be a snapshot more than exhaustive ledger.
Download this entire dossier – 2016 Edition w/2018 addendum (even more snazziness) as a PDF – about 2mb
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