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The IGEA workshop and the Teaching Professor conference

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From delight to affection: Fall 2015 and beyond

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“Absolute unity of evening”: A vocational anniversary of mine

Six years ago today, I went to Pepperdine for a job interview. It was my first time on campus and I remember it distinctly. I met some of my current colleagues during the first two interviews, both of which were held in a room that I’ve walked by all the time since then yet, oddly enough, have never entered again. I had lunch with two faculty, and we sat outside of the cafeteria and looked at the beautiful ocean in the distance.

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Explaining teaching evaluations to my first-year students

“How many classes,” asked a faculty at the end of a committee meeting three years ago, “is a tenured professor at Stanford required to teach each year?” None of us gave the correct answer, which is one. The same is probably true at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, and other top Research I universities in America. I have no idea how teaching is evaluated among these folks—or if it is a category for evaluation. I’d guess, however, that teaching evaluations matter little or not at all at these institutions.

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Pepperdine’s memorial service for Alaina Housley

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A former student’s reflective essay on Plato and exercise

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September 2014: Grace Vitek, second from right, and several peers performing a scene from Aeschylus’ The Persians.

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My students on Langdon Gilkey’s Shantung Compound

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This student counts Gilkey’s book among her handful of favorites in the Great Books sequence. ~ pc Cate Chapman

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Rod Dreher & J.D. Vance at Pepperdine

By a coincidence of scheduling, Rod Dreher and J.D. Vance gave talks at Pepperdine within four days of each other.  I was able to attend both presentations and took a few notes.

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Rod Dreher on the Benedict Option

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Break from blogging

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