Thoughts on Teaching

I like to think that, as an adjunct instructor without another full-time job, I bring the ‘best of both worlds’ to my students. I have a wealth of the kind of real-world experience that students crave, especially in the areas of policy analysis, organizing, and advocacy. I also have relatively quite a bit of time to dedicate to teaching, course preparation, grading, and the mountains of reading that instructors must do in order to create a first-class learning experience for students. There are times when I feel a bit constrained because I don’t have as much access to university information as full-time faculty, so it can be harder for me to connect what we’re doing in class to other courses in the curriculum, for example, but my course evaluations and my conversations with students suggest that it’s working for them.

One of the things that I miss most, though, is the lack of colleagues–I don’t have much contact with the other faculty at the university, and, as an adjunct instructor, I don’t have the same connections to faculty at other institutions that some of my peers do. I’m always ridiculously excited to meet another instructor who specializes in policy or advocacy, and I love to share syllabi, assignments, and other course materials–I have learned so much from these generous social workers!

Unfortunately, I can’t post my class syllabi here, because they are considered School property, but I would love to talk through the courses with future/prospective students and other faculty, so please contact me or leave a comment if you want to connect.

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5 responses to “Thoughts on Teaching

  1. I teach social policy and policy practice courses and would love to connect. I am both a social worker and a State Legislator.

    • Great to hear from you, Ann! Thank you for reaching out, and I’m hopeful that you can find something useful here. Yes, I would love to connect–there’s always so much to learn about policy and how to make it live for students, from other instructors, and I know that my readers would love your perspective as a social worker and policymaker, too! Let me know if you’d like to set up a phone call, or touch base by email, or if you’d ever be willing to do a guest post on your experiences, too. I look forward to it!

  2. Joanne Riebschleger

    Hello, I teach a foundations course in generalist practice at Michigan State. I’m looking for a good macro assessment outline to use for a course paper assignment. Can you help? Joanne

    • Hi! I hope the start of your semester goes well. Chapin’s Social Policy for Effective Practice, on which I consulted, includes a dual assessment that you might find helpful. Other than that one, nothing comes immediately to mind. Maybe someone else has a recommendation?

  3. Joanne Riebschleger

    Thank you very much. Joanne

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