Who is the “Who” Who Teaches?

As I’m planning for the final session of the New Faculty Institute, titled “Your Inner Teacher: Cultivating an Authentic Pedagogical Approach,” I’m struck by this quote from Parker Palmer’s The Courage to Teach (the title for the session is also taken from a quote from this book):

Seldom, if ever, do we ask the ‘who’ question– who is the self that teaches?  How does the quality of my selfhood form– or deform– the way I relate to my students, my subject, my colleagues, my world?  How can educational institutions sustain and deepen the selfhood from which good teaching comes?”

This quote has always been a sort of an ars poetica for me– the “who am I?” question is the one I most often asked myself during my decade in the classroom.

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SBCTC New Faculty Institute Coming Up!

NFI GraphicHere in the Assessment, Teaching, and Learning department of the Education division of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, we are gearing up for our annual New Faculty Institute. Yesterday, our Instructional Services Specialist told us that we have 160 attendees– double our numbers from the last few years!

As the newly-hired Program Administrator for Faculty Development, organizing this convening is one of my primary responsibilities, and I am excited about the opportunity. I have been visioning and re-visioning the conference theme and agenda– not just the session content, but also their over-arching sequence and alignment.

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