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Reflections on the First Years of Teaching

Wanting to use social platforms to continue the conversations that facilitate excellence in teaching, the Wabash Center is launching its first blog on the first years as a theology or religion professor. The blog will run over the next eight weeks, with a new blog post every Tuesday by a recent alumnus of the Wabash Center pre-tenure workshops. For our opening series, we are inviting blog authors to reflect on and share lessons learned during their first years of teaching. We encourage you to freely leave comments – all authors have committed to interacting with any conversations during the week of their blog publication. Comments will be moderated. As educators who have partnered with the Wabash Center, we encourage you to check out our Twitter feed and Facebook pages.

Here is the line up:photo-office1

1/22 Dr. Lisa Hess: “We’re Not in Kansas (nor Cambridge) Anymore”

1/29 Dr. Kent Brintnall “Is, not Ought”

2/5  Dr. Eric Barreto “How I Learned to Leave My Lecture Notes Behind … Sometimes”

2/12 Dr. Kate Blanchard “Be Nice!”

2/19 Dr. Rob Muthiah “Rookie in the Room”66461_537225562969351_1563808733_n

2/26 Dr. Debra Mumford “Using Time”

3/5 Dr. Tony Finitsis “You Are Fired:’ Keeping Group Work Real in the Classroom”

3/12 Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim “Does Life Offer Us Second Chances?”

Blog Content Moderator:  Dr. Roger S. Nam265076_538459792845928_239820139_n

Here are just a few gems:

“What I mean, of course, is that students are self-absorbed, soul-killing, needy little monsters who think they are (or should be) my sole priority…”

“I should also probably mention that I have a tendency to, um, curse like a sailor”

“Having spent a year refining my counseling skills in order to help my students overcome their disagreements and complete their work…”

The blog goes live January 22, 2013.  Comments will not be live (to keep out the trolls) but I’ve been assured that they will be posted rather quickly. The blog authors will be responding to the comments throughout the week.

Photos are uploaded on the Wabash Facebook page in the order of blog publication. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wabash-Center/215338608491383

[read also:  Asian American Wabash Reunion Dinner at American Academy of Religion]


blog1Grace Ji-Sun Kim is Associate Professor of Doctrinal Theology and the Director of the MATS program at Moravian Theological Seminary. She is the author of Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit (Palgrave Pivot), The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology (Palgrave Macmillan) and The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women’s Christology (Pilgrim Press).