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Tools for Being a Warm Demander

Tools for Being a Warm Demander

One of the aspects of teaching in the world’s largest public university system that I love the most is the CSU’s bone-deep commitment to an equitable education for all. While most of us can point to a seemingly tone-deaf initiative or two, at its core, the CSU was created to be the people’s university. For […]

Fighting Fire with Empathy

Fighting Fire with Empathy

“12 DEAD IN MASS SHOOTING AT THOUSAND OAKS BAR AND GRILL.” This  unfathomable notification jolted me awake just after midnight on Thursday November 8, 2018. As I read of the shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill, my thoughts immediately turned to our CSUCI students who would frequent Borderline’s College Nights every Wednesday. I began crafting […]

Meeting Student Needs in an Online Course

Meeting Student Needs in an Online Course

When I taught my first online course in 2014, I, naively, thought my student population would consist of a particular type of student. I was teaching for Extended Education in their Online Business Education Program, so I knew that all of my students were already working full time jobs. However, that session, and every semester […]

The “Unessay” for Student Learning

The “Unessay” for Student Learning

Written final research papers often fill undergraduates with dread, especially if the student in question does not feel that writing is a strong suit of theirs, or they see themselves as more creative. The “unessay” – created by historian Christopher Jones – allows students to bring their own disciplinary interests and expertise to bear on […]

Kick Out The Jams!

Kick Out The Jams!

“Even more important than any specific bits of advance information, however, is the habit of anticipation. This conditioned ability to look ahead plays  a key role in adaptation” -Alvin Toffler. Future Shock (1970) About two weeks ago, I started to train for an Xterra trail race in Malibu Creek Park (too shy to share the […]

Bridging ideas across courses and disciplines? There’s a map for that!

Bridging ideas across courses and disciplines? There’s a map for that!

One of the biggest challenges in teaching social statistics is getting students to integrate materials from other classes while also incorporating statistics into their substantive courses. My sociology colleagues and I are constantly trying to move students beyond the “silo” mindset where statistics only exist in the statistics course and social theory only lives in […]

Composing Community: the Evolution and Adaptation of CSUCI’s Composition Program

Composing Community: the Evolution and Adaptation of CSUCI’s Composition Program

I joined CSUCI’s innovative first year composition program in the fall of 2005, just two years after the campus began welcoming first year students. Our students were taught by six full-time faculty committed to doing things differently. That included never offering remedial writing courses and working as a team to develop curriculum and assess the […]

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