Chad Orzel is giving out tips for tenure-track faculty, mainly that junior faculty should seek out advice but only take some of it. "In the end, the decisions about what you do are your decisions to make, and you should do the things that you want to do," he writes. In a separate post, Orzel relates some advice he did take from a colleague, that walking around in the classroom would create an "active and welcoming" environment. At 6' 6", he writes, "I was on the high side of 290lbs (132 kg). When I walked out from the board, and circulated among the class, I didn't create a more inclusive atmosphere. I created stark terror — the expressions on the students' faces were just this side of fleeing extras in Cloverfield."
At Least It Wasn't Jurassic Park
Apr 22, 2008