Plugs, Play, Pedagogy
Episode 2: Attack of the Cloned Teaching Statements
Transcript available here.
In search of answers to why teaching philosophy statements bother me so much, I share insights from three experts on the subject:
- Laura Runge (@laura_runge) from University of South Florida: We spoke about the rhetorical stance of the teaching philosophy statement, why 1 page is a good length, and all sorts of other things.
- Karen Kelsky (@professorisin) from theprofessorisin.com: We hear Tara Wood from Rockford University read Kelsky's post “The Dreaded Teaching Statement: Eight Pitfalls.” You will also hear the sound of magic wands; this is not a joke.
- Kathie Gossett (@gossettphd) from Iowa State University: We spoke specifically about how digital scholars represent their teaching online, including (but not limited to) the teaching statement.
After those three parts, I mention the following resources:
- Kathryn Hume's book Surviving Your Academic Job Hunt: Advice for Humanities PhDs
- Cheryl Ball's site Get a Job!, including her page on teaching philosophies, and her articles at Inside Higher Ed.
- Karen Kelsky's site The Professor Is In.
- “Teaching with Technology: Remediating the Teaching Philosophy Statement” from Computers and Composition 29 (2012) by Phill Alexander, Karissa Chabot, Matt Cox, Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, Barb Gerber, Staci Perryman-Clark, Julie Platt, Donnie Johnson Sackey, and Mary Wendt.
Our theme music is by Cactus May at Ohio University; check out his work at http://heycactus.weebly.com. You also heard 3 tracks from OverClocked ReMix: “In the Green Gloom” by Argle, “Zanarkand String Quartet,” arranged by GrayFox1217, and Disco Dan, "Blue Lightning."