Faculty Writing Project

225 Humanities Building

Martin, TN 38238

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(731) 881-7300

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David Carithers, Facilitator

Faculty Writing Project

Terry Vassey
Agriculture & Natural Resources

 

First let me say what a joy and honor it has been to participate in Voice Lessons. The experience has been quite rewarding. I went in hoping to learn some new teaching techniques and I came out with much much more.

 

Throughout my teaching career I have struggled with ways to improve my student's professionalism as they prepare to enter the "real" world. I have always believed that oral and written skills were critical components of that world. What we learned this week has given me more tools and ways to develop the students better.

 

I know that Voice Lessons really requires that the participants volunteer, but I am convinced that every teacher on this campus should experience it. For that reason, it would be missing the point to say no tenure without participation, but I do think joining Margrethe for a week of Voice Lessons should weigh heavily on ones success in being granted promotion. I wish the line to join the program backed all the way to Dresden.

 

I am actually sad that the week is coming to a close as I believe I have not only learned a great deal but have made nine new friends as well. I had not even met six of the folks until this week. Now, not only do I know their names, but I have heard some of their deepest and most sincere and intimate thoughts. That has brought us closer to each other.

 

I could go on and on about the positive experiences I have had this week. But long story short? this was a great week and UTM, you and Chancellor Dunagan should do everything in its/your/his power to ensure this program is a premier feature of the continued learning for the faculty here. Maybe one day this could become a premier program in the country and that all university faculties throughout America line up to come to Martin and experience what we have experienced this week. That would be great.

 

In closing, let me thank you allowing Voice Lessons to exist and to thank Margrethe for allowing me to participate.

 

Email: tlvassey@utm.edu

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225 Humanities Building

Martin, TN 38238

Ph:

(731) 881-7300

Em:

David Carithers, Facilitator