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13 Feb 2020

7-Word VIPErPit Challenge: TEACHING PHILOSOPHY Edition

Submitted by Jeffrey R. Raker, University of South Florida

Who among us hasn't filled up one to two (or more) pages with a teaching philosophy statement???

Whether for job, tenure, promotion, or award applications, preparing a teaching philosophy statement is a time honored tradition in academia. Buzz words are incorporated, descriptions of what we and our students are doing are included, and each statement is tailored in some way to the application guidelines.

But what if there were extreme contraints on the statement?

What if you had to capture the essence of your approach to teaching?

2 Jul 2019

“You have permission!” – Thoughts on the upcoming academic term…

Submitted by Jeffrey R. Raker, University of South Florida

I know it’s July and the upcoming academic term is the last thing you are thinking about. Nevertheless, in eight weeks, many of us will begin to see traffic build outside our offices as students descend upon campus. It sounds daunting, parking is going to get worse, ungraded exams will pile up, and the line at the coffee shop is going to be never ending. I get it… but there’s an opportunity to make a change coming, to do something different in our classes that only comes at the beginning of each term, a chance to experiment!

12 Apr 2018

Postdoc Position in Inorganic Chemistry Education

Submitted by Jeffrey R. Raker, University of South Florida

The Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists (www.ionicviper.org) has an opening for a Research Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida) with a focus on transforming postsecondary inorganic chemistry courses into more active and engaging learning experiences.

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