Four Tips for Teaching Undergraduates

Let’s face it: professors compete with the likes of Greek life, parties, college football, and intramural sports for their students’ attention. Many students are going to chose other options over studying more often than not. So how can teachers maximize the time they have with students and maybe even convince students that additional time outside the classroom is worth the effort? In my teaching, I’ve made plenty of mistakes, but here are a few ways I’ve had some success engaging students:

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“Soul Work”: An Interview with Mindy Weaver-Flask

About a year-and-a-half ago, Mindy Weaver-Flask and I took a graduate class together in Indianapolis. She is a mother, a wife, a writer, a high-school-English teacher, and also manages to run her own business: Women Writing for a Change. Upon meeting her, it was apparent that she is the kind of person to move beyond pleasantries and get to someone’s heart. I appreciated that in her, and we have since become friends. Here is the transcript of a conversation we had.

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