If you had to teach something, what would you teach? (If you DO teach, when did you discover your love for teaching/the subject?)
Although I’m currently staying home with Yogi I have been teaching since I started graduate school in 2000. As a graduate student I taught lab courses in classes that faculty generally avoid (Statistics, Research Methods, Intro Psych), but I took a Visiting Prof position during the year I wrote my dissertation and I began to have more control over the content of the courses I taught. That was the year I really fell in love with teaching. My first Asst Prof position was in a psychology department where I taught courses that I really loved (Social Psychology, History of Psychology, Psychology of Women). I left that job to be in the same state as my now wife and accepted another Asst Prof position. Unfortunately this job was in a business school. My training in Industrial/Organizational psychology provided me with a background in business and plenty of I/O folks teach in management departments, but I never thought I would be one of them. During those years I taught courses that I did not really love or actually have must interest in (Intro Management, Human Resources, Staffing, Leadership). Yuck.
I love teaching, the energy of the class session itself, the syllabus/course planning, the lecture prep, the exchange with students. I do not love grading or keeping track of grades and I especially do not love faculty meetings. Faculty meetings are horrific actually.
I am at my best when I am personally engaged with and excited about the topic. For this reason, I can think of a few things that I would love to teach. Of course in order to teach these things, I would have to learn more myself but that is half the fun. Here’s my list:
- Religion (particularly Buddhism)
I could be much more specific with each of those, but my eyelids are droopy.