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.”
Over the past few years, my work has become more administrative. In addition to coordinating the Honors Program, I working with accreditation, institutional effectiveness, and other special projects. I only teach two classes now, HON 201_H Invitation to Inquiry Seminar and HON 202_H Honors Capstone Seminar. I team teach these interdisciplinary research classes once a year. While I miss the chance to be in the classroom more often and to teach literature and writing, I appreciate that I still have the chance to work directly with our honors students in these seminars.