Last week I mentioned to a class of mine that I hoped to grow up and one day to become an old, wise, cynical, professor (I didn’t say “with elbow patches,” because that’s obvious). The students laughed, but I didn’t really mean it as a joke. Turns out, I don’t think they appreciated my dedication […]
I’m sick and tired of the perspective (often coming out of Washington, or from local politicians of all stripes) that college is primarily — or only — about job preparation, or even more narrow: getting a job at all. As hesitant as I am to consider any sort of enormous exam for already stressed-out college students, I don’t think it’s a crazy idea if it helps refocus higher education on LEARNING.
Teaching “Faith and Leadership” is tough and fun. I don’t test student on who Jesus is. I test on how to think, speak, discern, and argue in a world of competing claims.
“Do what I say, not what I do.” I recently began a PhD program in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. Why? Because I’m a glutton for punishment, bad odds, and the esoteric. Also, I’m a sucker for academic virtues and the love of learning. But, learner beware: a PhD in the humanities is probably a bad idea.
Is there a difference between a “Christian College” and a “church-related” college? What is the best working connection between faith and learning in higher education?
If we in the humanities aren’t seen by our students to be living out our own vocations, pursuing lives of worth and service, we have failed as humanities scholars.
Last week I traveled with a colleague and student leader from Concordia College to Nicaragua where we learned about the amazing work Lutheran World Relief is doing in the country. If plans proceed as I hope: Concordia students, look for info this fall about a May 2014 LWR Justice Journey seminar to Nicaragua!
This is my first summer “off” as a professor. So far I’ve learned: it’s definitely not “off.”
The Concordia College class of 2013 graduated this afternoon. With the 2012-13 school year now in the books, here are some quick reflections from my first year as a professor. Biggest surprise: how fast the 70 minutes of class flew by each MWF….