It Matters a Lot Who Teaches Introductory Courses. Here’s Why. – The Chronicle of Higher Education

I am the seniormost, oldest, academic in my area. And I am teaching 1st year – this year and for the next 3 to 5 years. I may have become a bit too excited about this experience – its a place of incredible positive energy. The fact that we manage to suck the life out of them – do we make under confident year 3 and 4 students by who we are? – is another story.

When this article popped up in Flipboard, I paused. This, that senior most academics ought to teach 1st year, is a trope. I used it in my start of your workplanning meeting. In most contexts where I use the trope – I am teaching 1st year because there is this thing, that year 1 should be taught by the most senior – I get the repeated nods, “yes yes, but”. So it is quite common to see visiting academics teaching year 1. And something is missing – and its potentially wrong.

This article however lays it out nicely. I love it.

In a self serving way – I am going top be hanging out with a really lovely bunch of young ones, and this article gives me permision to do so. So good one Beckie Supiano.

Introductory courses can open doors for students, helping them not only discover a love for a subject area that can blossom into their major but also feel more connected to their campus.

But on many campuses, teaching introductory courses typically falls to less-experienced instructors. Sometimes the task is assigned to instructors whose very connection to the college is tenuous.

A growing body of evidence suggests that this tension could have negative consequences for students.

Source: It Matters a Lot Who Teaches Introductory Courses. Here’s Why. – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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