I have just finished a week of Voice Lessons, the faculty development program so capably led by Margrethe Ahlschwede and Doug Cook, and I am very excited to inject the enthusiasm generated by the program into my courses. Fortunately, I will have ample opportunity to do so this summer, as I am teaching a course in Germany the first week in June and at UTM during the second summer term. The writing, discussion, and reflection that took place in the Faculty Writing Project have given me a number of new ideas for my courses, and I can't wait to get started.
Voice Lessons helped me think about using writing in the classroom in new ways. I am convinced that writing fosters the development of critical thinking skills, and Voice Lessons fosters the development of writing at our universityóby teachers and students alike. As I write more and ask our students to write more, we all become better thinkers and learners, and our campus evolves into a true intellectual community.
Perhaps the best feature of Voice Lessons is the interdisciplinary contact it engendered, which allowed me to get to know some of my colleagues across the campus in a variety of personal and professional contexts. Now I feel I have a better sense of what they do and why they do it. This knowledge will give me a more comprehensive picture of the campus, and it will improve my teaching and make me a better advisor.
I am thrilled to be part of a university that supports this kind of development activity, and I would like to thank you for your continued support of the program.
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