From the Academic Blogosphere | Two Birds, One Teaching Statement

06 Jan

From David Gooblar, instructor of literature and writing at Mount Mercy University and Augustana College, in Vitae (an offshoot of The Chronicle of Higher Education):

As I probably don’t need to tell readers of this column, crafting individual cover letters, updating a CV, tracking down letter writers, choosing and formatting writing samples, composing research statements, creating sample syllabi, and coming up with the dreaded statement of teaching philosophy can turn into another full-time job. No wonder the fall semester is the hardest time of year for many teachers.
Might there be a way for some of this seemingly wasted work, all of this material sent into the ether, to be made into something useful for our teaching?
One option might be to think of the statement of teaching philosophy—that much-maligned document—as a blueprint for next semester’s syllabi.

Read the entire post at

Read more of David Gooblar’s posts on Vitae or his own site, Pedagogy Unbound.



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