While I’m looking toward the new semester, I’m thinking about how I might be the kind of professor who inspires. My most impactful teachers were the ones who made me feel smart; they stimulated my curiosity, they seemed to take all of my ideas (even the far-out ones) seriously, and they encouraged me to think rigorously. As I follow their examples, I try to foster communities of learning in which students feel seen and heard.
2020 was/is a nightmare. And its 2021. We all know the many reasons why. Yet, in all this, students are still showing up to college. They’ve got their reasons; and, hopefully, some of those reasons include their dreams. Our students will inherit this earth; my ambition is to assist them as they develop the skills they will need to create a future that sees them, hears, them, and empowers them. Continue reading