Director’s Blog

Finding Balance

It’s a new month so I decided it was time for a new me. I have literally cut my hair once since 2020, so away to the salon I went. In the chair, I happily exclaimed “Chop it all off!” to which my hairdresser responded, “And would you like me to color your gray hair?” Me: Um…no, thanks? Her: Are you sure? They are growing like weeds. Me:… Her: Ok, […]

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A Celebration Sneak Peek

I’m probably jinxing it just by writing this blog post…but Celebration of Teaching is back! The nominations are in, the winners will be revealed, and I am in full party planning mode. Even more good news – since Covid killed everybody’s attention span, Celebration will be a reception that is short on speeches and long on food and wine. You’re welcome. Come celebrate not only our winners but everyone! We […]

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Correcting Student Errors

As we near the end of another quarter, I’m sure you have all seen students make mistakes, offer wrong answers, or misapply concepts and interpretations. This is all part of the learning process, right? Right! So how do we correct these errors? We just need to point out that students are wrong, tell them the correct answer, and now all is well, right? Wrong! But seriously, it matters how students […]

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Pandemic, Pandemic, and Gratitude

I went back and forth on the topic for this blog post. I feel like everyone is so sick of talking about the pandemic that another post about it would cause people to scream “STOP POSTING ABOUT THE PANDEMIC!” But then, if I wrote about something that’s not the pandemic, people might scream “HOW COULD YOU NOT POST ABOUT THE PANDEMIC?!” Or perhaps no one would scream anything because my […]

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So, about 2021…

Last year, I reflected on the dumpster fire that was 2020. For 2021, I struggle to describe it beyond “it happened.” We had some good times, we had some bad times, we had some times. But one thing that doesn’t change is my gratitude for you, the faculty. While I have offered plenty of advice these past two years, I have also learned so much from you – so many […]

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Wishing You an Engaging Quarantine

Fall quarter is here at last, and I hope it was a fairly smooth start for all of you. Before I delve into my topic for today, I just wanted to say thank you to those of you who read and reach out to say you enjoy my posts. I really appreciate it! I don’t have a comments section because internet comments sections are where my faith and hope for […]

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Expect the Unexpected

As we get closer to fall quarter, I get more emails from vendors trying to sell me the latest tech that will make our return to campus even easier. And they almost always start with, “I hope this email finds you well.” I ignore them, but lately I have wanted to reply with, “No, your email did not find me well. I AM VERY NOT WELL!” I am stressing, as […]

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Come Back Better

With every passing week, we get closer to an in-person fall quarter. And part of me is excited and part of me is cautious that this is actually going to happen, only because our remote work lasted so much longer than any of us anticipated. So is this finally the end of it? Or will we be teased with in-person classes only to have it ripped away once again? Instead […]

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What Does Success Look Like?

While I know we are all dragging ourselves toward the finish line of spring quarter, I also feel less dread about the future. It seems like fall will be better as we navigate towards in-person classes again. And that has me thinking about a question I’ve always posed in workshops: What does success look like in your course? This is a question both for the instructor to consider as well […]

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On Class Participation

James Lang, one of my favorite faculty developers, wrote an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education this week about why he no longer grades class participation. In short, he found it difficult to do in an equitable way, hard to distinguish through grading between substantive comments and ones that merely agreed, and stressful for students who don’t feel comfortable speaking up in class. This article got me thinking about […]

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