CFP: Developing a Teaching Philosophy (9/22/04; e-journal)

full name / name of organization: 
Nels P. Highberg
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Lore: An E-journal for Teachers of Writing seeks submissions for the Job
Strategies section of the Fall 2004 issue. Almost everyone who chooses to
teach composition does so because of a drive to teach, whether that drive
comes from enjoyment, a sense of purpose, or something else. Even when we
love teaching, however, we often face a challenge when we try to describe
what forms the foundation not only of why we teach but also how we
teach. For many job applicants, one of the most stressful documents to
create is the teaching philosophy. How do we articulate principles that
have often remained unspoken, ideas that also represent core beliefs that
shape one of our primary identities: composition instructor?

Lore invites two types of writers to participate in this
discussion. First, we'd love to hear from senior faculty members who have
served on search committees and who have read a steady stream of teaching
philosophies. What did the most memorable teaching philosophies you
encountered do or not do? Are there any absolutes in teaching
philosophies, whether in terms of what they should or should not
contain? Second, we'd like to hear from those who have completed a job
search in the last year or two. How did you go about completing your
teaching philosophy? What role do you think it played in the interview and
hiring process?

In Job Strategies, writers compose a response of approximately 1000
words. Please submit your responses to Staff Editor, Nels P. Highberg
<> by Wednesday, September 22, 2004. He will respond
to everyone within the following week. While those who have previously
written for Lore are again welcome to contribute, we are always seeking a
wide-range of perspectives and new voices. Please join the conversation.

Feel free to view the current issue for ideas about structure and style:

Lore needs to hear what you have to say!

Dr. Nels P. Highberg, Assistant Professor
Department of Rhetoric, Language, and Culture
The University of Hartford
200 West Bloomfield Avenue A 212J
West Hartford, Connecticut 06117

Email: <>
Phone: 860.768.4136
Fax: 860.768.4940

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