When I look at the range of courses I’ve taught over the past twenty years and my research, poetry, and publishing endeavors, I see three interrelated things: my interests in academic research, creative writing, and honors education; my commitment to sharing what I learn from my own projects with my students; and my investment in bringing what I learn from my students into my scholarship. I reflected on a specific example of the relationship between my research and my teaching in a post on my blog, The Honor Roll: “Sharing Our Research with Students.”
For several years, my work became more administrative. In addition to coordinating the Honors Program, I worked with accreditation, institutional effectiveness, and other special projects. I team-taught two classes a year, HON 201_H Invitation to Inquiry Seminar and HON 202_H Honors Capstone Seminar. Since the college discontinued the Honors Program due to budget constraints, I am now back in the writing and literature classrooms full time and will again have the opportunity to connect my own research, creative writing, and teaching.