Starting Fall 2020, I will teach my courses and be an academic in higher education based on what have worked for me before. I will use the methods and classroom deliveries that I’ve tested before with much success here in Alabama. I’m bringing back to basics, you know? Some of the things I’m going to do will be:
- A printed syllabus.
- Content created by me, only.
- All assignments will be on a CMS
- Canva Teaching is coming back
- More group work and presentations
- No close book quizzes
- Students will get a free day off a semester
- The build a tower exercise is coming back
- There will be candy in my office again.
- I will measure my tenure and promotion efforts at the national level again.
After leaving Jackson State University, I left a letter of tenure behind (actually two). At Lee, I ended up taking three steps backwards and regressing in my career. My own poor decisions resulted in the former situation, I must admit. God has taught me much out of this situation, though.
Some of these lessons, like thinking that you can do your work and be impartial to the actions of insecure people, ended up being pretty humiliating. I got pretty hurt in there and for the first time in my career, I left an university with a bad taste in my mouth.
Going to Talladega College as Chair is a big victory and blessing for me. The trust, appreciation for my talents, and administrative support I’m already receiving is great. The warm weather is awesome too, by the way.
God, I pray for your protection and guidance. To the best of my ability, I will wear the Talladega College colors with honor and respect. My SOP next semester will change drastically to go back to basics, I must… so help me God.