How I Learned to be a Teacher-Scholar: 3 Stories and Lessons Learned

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Whoo! Still coming down from a whirlwind of awards, ceremonies, and of course graduation! As part of the honor of being LMU’s 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award winner I was asked to give a talk reflecting on lessons learned as a teacher-scholar. After 20 years of teaching, I have a lot to say but I broke it down to three stories in 12 minutes.
I start off with how I learned to write thanks to my high school honors English teacher, Sister Barbara. She was a total bad-ass who taught me to write on demand no matter what else was going on in my life.

Next, I talk about how I learned to serve since for faculty at LMU service is supposed to be 20 percent of our job… which can sometimes morph into 100 percent. I share my experience of learning how to serve through Jesuit discernment and figuring out the difference between being pushed and being pulled.

Finally, I talk about how I learned to teach. Really, it is more about how I learned to teach in the face of adversity and distraction. I learned this skill from George. Watch the video if you want to know more!

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