This blog is more for me than for you. I wanted a way to chronicle my experiences as a college professor, so I decided a blog would be more efficient and more organized than me randomly writing in a journal I would inevitably lose or forget about. But before you delve into my deepest thoughts I want to be clear: this blog is indeed a representation of my thoughts. Nothing you read here should be generalized to my colleagues or my institution. While many of them would agree with some of what I say, it is not my intention to be the voice of anyone but myself (because frankly, I don’t want that kind of pressure). So, with that said, here we go:
I can’t believe I am a professor. With 4 degrees from 2 top institutions, no one expected me to end up at a small liberal arts college most had never heard of. Turns out, the school is pretty well ranked. What’s more is that the school is a perfect fit for me.
As a Developmental Educational Psychologist, my teaching interests center on developmentally appropriate teaching practices. As a person with diverse educational experiences, my research takes place primarily in low income schools. Though I am a psychologist and researcher by training, I am an educator by choice. My home department is an Education Department where I teach courses such as Education Policy, Educational Psychology, Education Reform, Diversity and Equity Education, with more courses in the works. As an “Assistant Professor of Social and Political Issues in Education”, my teaching spans a breadth of subjects, but at the end of the day, I am most interested in facilitating my students’ learning by pushing them to think beyond themselves.
This blog is intended to be a portfolio, a file cabinet, a journal, and a feedback forum for all things related to my chosen career. Leave comments if you’d like. Provide suggestions if you feel inspired. Most of all, think deeply about issues I raise and feel free to respectfully challenge what you read; however, before you comment (in agreement or otherwise), I encourage you to skim through prior posts. It’s hard to find one posting well supported or well argued. The beauty of a blog is that you can tell a story without writing a dissertation (again). Thank you for reading and thinking.
*Addition as of August 2013: Many readers have asked for more information about me, my teaching and my research. If you are interested, feel free to visit my website: www.manyawhitakerphd.com and also check out my educational consulting business.