About the blog title
This blog used to be titled “PhilosoPedaBlogy,” but due to difficulty pronouncing the name, and even greater difficulty remembering it, I decided to change it. The reasons for the name, “You’re the Teacher” can be found in a post: “New name, new look.”
About the blog
This blog focuses on several things, based on my interests:
- Reflections on my own teaching of philosophy courses to undergraduates at the University of British Columbia (and also an interdisciplinary course called Arts One), including issues I’m facing, things I’ve tried, etc.
- Summaries and commentaries on SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) articles that are related to issues I’m having or research projects that I am myself working on
- Information and sites about open access scholarly publishing and open education
- Various other things, such as calls for papers, issues in the philosophy profession generally, and more
My name is Christina Hendricks, and I am a Sr. Instructor in the Philosophy Department at the University of British Columbia. In Philosophy I teach courses in Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, and Feminist Theory. I also teach in a first-year, team-taught, mutltidisciplinary program at UBC called Arts One. Previous to coming to UBC (in July of 2004), I taught for four years as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County in Janesville, Wisconsin–part of the University of Wisconsin Colleges system.
The teaching part of doing Philosophy has always been what energizes me the most, and what I enjoy spending the most time doing. As a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, I jumped at the chance to teach my own courses as soon as I could, and I also took a job at another university in Austin on the side, in order to get further teaching experience (I was an adjunct instructor at St. Edward’s University in Austin for a few years in the late 1990s). In my position at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County, I enjoyed being in an atmosphere where teaching quality is a priority. I continually worked to reach the level of teaching excellence displayed in my peers there. When I came to the University of British Columbia I was challenged to be teaching larger classes than I was used to in the past, and very bright and dedicated Philosophy majors (UW-Rock County is a 2-year, transfer college of the UW system, and few chose majors before transferring…but I was happy to see that I helped several students choose Philosophy majors in their further university careers).
My position at UBC is focused on and evaluated according to teaching, and the majority of my time is dedicated to that. I continue to be excited about learning how to improve my teaching and learning in Philosophy, as well as that of my students, through better lecturing, discussions, assignments, and considering which new technologies might be most useful in the classroom, particularly for Philosophy courses.
I have an “About.me” page, here.
My main UBC website can be found here.
My Academia.edu site is here.
This is me on Google+
I am fairly active on Twitter: @clhendricksbc
Header image: A detail from one of the images I took during a “photoblitz” for a digital storytelling course. See the post about that photoblitz here.