116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Putting on a Good Show: Professor as Performer

Session Chair: 
Amanda Weldy Boyd, Hope International University
Session 5: Saturday 1:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Bond Hall 105


  1. Robert Scott, Ohio Northern University
    In this paper I will discuss my strategies for engaging today’s easily distracted students. In addition to highlighting the challenges inherent in implementing these approaches, I will also acknowledge those mentors whose teaching practices I have adopted and adapted. As I will recount, over the course of my nearly thirty years of college-level teaching, I have sought to fashion a consistent image to all of my classes, that of an energetic, friendly, and open-minded “performer.”
  2. Katie Frye, Pepperdine University
    This paper will examine the variables that have changed the professor's role. These variables include the addition of online courses and hybrid technologies to curricula; the role of course evaluations in rank, tenure, and promotion as well as the influence of Rate My Professor and social media in general; and the proliferation of smart phones and their impact on the attention spans of students. 
  3. Marcy H. Nicholas, Penn State University
    By cultivating a curatorial ethos, university instructors can center in on the class as an event in which students as the public attend and decide what kind of relationship they want to have with this event and its work. The instructor curates the class—rather than a personality—and students are invited to take ownership of their education.
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