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Why I Teach Ten Individual faculty members accepted a homework assignment from CC:Magazine: tell us why you teach.

Why do I teach? At Connecticut College, there are probably as many answers to that question as there are individuals on the faculty...

Michelle R. Dunlap

I believe that there are two types of teaching: one that maintains the status quo, and the other that has the potential to emancipate an individual from the status quo...

Donald M. Peppard

In my 28 years of teaching, I’ve hoped that I would affect some students the way a few of my professors influenced me many years ago...

Lan-Lan Wang

The question: “Why do I teach?” is closely intertwined with the questions: “Why do I dance?” and “What is dance?”

Douglas M. Thompson

Just like many students today, my college experience had a profound impact on both my outlook and future. For the first time in my life, I felt free to explore the topics that were of greatest interest to me...

Christopher Hammond

In some sense, the question of “why I teach” is not one I have ever asked myself. My vocation is not, as far as I can tell, the result of a conscious choice on my part, but rather a natural tendency, an irresistible compulsion...

Eugene V. Gallagher

We’re lucky at Connecticut College because the culture here prizes and promotes good teaching. Teaching is not a private act; it’s a public act...

Pamela Marks

As a young artist, teaching was not a part of my grand plan. But the longer I teach, the more I enjoy contributing to an environment of creative ideas and endeavors...

David Canton

When I was younger, I wanted to be a medical doctor or a lawyer. Coming from a working class neighborhood in the Bronx, I wanted to give back to my community. But with teaching, I have a transformative impact on my students and myself...

Tek-Wah King

I teach to nourish learning. Books and information abound, and the desire to study may be deeply rooted, but without guidance and supervision the road to acquiring knowledge may turn purposeless and ineffective...

Sandy Grande

As a teacher and scholar, I center my work in the belief that education is the heart of democracy. In other words, I do not engage teaching as a neutral enterprise but rather as a political act...

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