Since the publication of Small Teaching, I have been very humbled and pleased to receive many such invitations to give keynote speeches, lectures, or workshops on the book to faculty on college campuses around the world--close to three dozen invitations in the past three months. I count travel as one of my great pleasures in life, and so I relish the opportunity both to speak about the book and see new places. The next few months include trips to Colombia and Budapest, both of which I am incredibly excited about. The docket also includes much-anticipated visits to Salt Lake City, Santa Monica, Baton Rouge, and more.
|Giving the keynote at St. Joseph's University's |
conference on teaching and learning in June 2016
But I still work full-time at my own institution, both directing our center and teaching courses in British literature, and this fall will be spending a month in Colombia on a Fulbright Specialist grant to help three universities there create a MOOC on teaching and learning in higher education for Latin American faculty. All of these obligations mean that I have, at this point, accepted as many speaking invitations as are feasible for me throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, right through May of 2017. My own students and institution have to take priority in my life--not to mention my family, who seem to like to have me around at least some of the time.
So my apologies in advance to folks who were thinking about inquiring about a Small Teaching workshop or keynote next year--please keep me in mind for the 2017-2018 year. I am still very open and available for local events (within a 2-3 hour drive of Worcester), but nothing that involves an overnight stay. I'm also very open and available to meet with faculty reading groups via Skype (or whatever video conferencing software you might use). I had an opportunity to do this with the faculty at Indiana State in late May, and I very much enjoyed it.
I hope folks continue to enjoy Small Teaching. If you see me out and about in the world, please come up and introduce yourself--I am always happy to talk teaching with faculty.