Weekend Reading: Making Relationships Matter

Weekend Reading: Making Relationships Matter

June 22, 2017
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A lot of academic life is focused on individual achievement. Consequently, a lot of advice for excelling in higher ed is grounded in knowing yourself and how you work better. Understanding the kinds of spaces, resources, and tools you need to thrive as a scholar and educator is a vital part of caring for yourself, but so is understanding the power of community and connection. What would academia look like if it focused on and valued relationships as much as individuals? If building bonds were recognized as a transformative model for education and scholarship? Our readings this weekend tackle this question and more, exploring the power of relationship-building in our teaching, writing, and service work.

The idea of a teaching-based tenure-track wasn’t always so rare or radical.

How can we transform the large lecture class into a more dynamic, effective educational experience? Nobel-Prize winner Carl Weiman compels us to rethink how we teach, and evaluate good teaching, in higher ed.

We tend to think of writing as a largely solitary, inherently lonely activity, but it doesn’t have to be.

Good mentorship takes work; it’s about building genuine relationships, providing support and advice, and keeping a consistent flow of communication.

Science-fiction legend Ursula K. Le Guin reminds us that true communication is about building bonds, not just exchanging information.

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