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From delight to affection: Fall 2015 and beyond

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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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Parodies of The Brothers Karamazov

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My students on Anne Elliot in Persuasion

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Amanda Root as Anne Elliot in the 1995 film adaptation. Austen’s placement of Anne’s age at 27, and the fact that many students today are somewhat familiar with Austen’s earlier stuff before going to college, are two good reasons for the millennial generation to read and discuss this novel in college.  ~ pc yooniqimages

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I speak with my hands!

I just had a really good semester in the classroom, the best at Pepperdine.  In the first two years, I had some good classes and even three or four great ones: “great” means you cannot ask for more.  But for each semester there was at least one class out of three or four (depending on the semester) that was average at best or, at least once in my first year, quite sub-par.  Well, not this fall.  If the third time is the charm in trying most things in life, then the third year might be my charm in full-time teaching.

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Great Books students at the Getty Villa

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Please, more Romeo and Juliet in college!

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Spring 2015, finals week ~ My class read Twelfth Night, not Romeo and Juliet, but it didn’t keep two students from returning to eighth grade to recreate the balcony scene.

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