Teaching Excellence Awards

 Year Awarded: 2009

Faculty Award winner

George Bagley

 College of Sciences

 Radio and Television

If there is a paramount object to teaching, it should be community. Community leads to confidence among my students that the course will be dynamic, will add to their own intellectual growth, while simultaneously ensuring that each point of view will be respected, all assumptions lying at the heart of the complex contract of teaching.

 

I look each term to cultivate a legitimate regard for all my students, a sincere desire to see them succeed in the course. If I really care about my students, if my concern for them is more than simple lip service, they will quickly discover this and invest themselves accordingly. This is particularly true in large classes where students can easily slip into anonymous oblivion.

 

I also seek in my classes to provoke. If I pose to students impotent interrogations of text material or the qualities or components of this or that particular principle, I’ve done little to promote their intellectual curiosity. Any learning will be mired in rote practice, discourse practically non-existent. If, on the other hand, I cause them to momentarily examine their casual convictions I’ve opened the door to critical re-articulation of those convictions. Most student responses begin viscerally, which is the perfect mome