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Pedagogy or How I Designed a Class on Doctor Who for Over-Stressed, Over-Worked College Students: Part 1

My heart goes out to any professor who is passionate about a subject that many people find dull or uninspiring. I’m lucky to have students with a basic interest in the subject matter I’m teaching because my class is neither required nor about mathematics. That said, I face an opposite challenge: designing a class that...

An Open Letter to the Doctor Who ExCo

Dear Students, Through a series of fortuitous events, I have the great pleasure of teaching another ExCo. As my class list finally settles down, students who intend to drop my class do, and we approach our first real discussion this week, I wanted to take a moment to write a letter—equal parts love letter and...

Teaching

“I don’t care what you believe in, just believe in it.” —Shepherd Derrial Book, Joss Whedon’s Firefly Last spring I had the singular pleasure of teaching a college class. No, I don’t have a Ph.D., and in fact, I’m not even a teacher at all. But I work for Oberlin College, an institution with a...

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