Hey everyone! Just wanted to expand on my initial introductory post from Monday. At the end of that post I wrote, “I believe that being aware and always looking to refine one’s craft is the best way to remain an impactful educator, and being a part of The Novice Professors offers me the opportunity to do both of those things”, and I wanted to expand on my involvement in the blog in this post. Overall, I am most excited about being a part of The Novice Professor. Before becoming a contributor, I read most all of the posts on the blog, and always enjoyed the topics as well as the scope of the posts – meaning each one felt personal, thoughtful, and consumable by a wide variety of readers. I am excited to join these other great contributors in offering my thoughts to a broader audience.
My involvement with this project offers me many appealing opportunities. Firstly, it allows me to engage with my peers at the blog, who are all great scholars and great people. Additionally, I will be able to establish new connections across the academic community. As with any career, effective networking is vital, so when I was offered the chance to join the team at The Novice Professor I had to say yes! Forging ties across disciplines is important to me, and in the future, I know that my involvement in this blog will help me do that.
Lastly, this is another opportunity to continue to contribute to the academy. While I am truly passionate about teaching and being in the classroom, I look forward to getting my name out there in the science of teaching and learning community (specifically the teaching of psychology). Being a contributor at The Novice Professors provides an impetus for me to stay in touch with the newest SoTL literature, which can only serve to help me accomplish my overall goal of being the best professor I can. Being an active contributor to the field, and not just a passive consumer of ideas in SoTL was a chance I could not pass up. My participation in The Novice Professor allows me to do all of these things, be a part of an awesome group of people, and becoming a better professor each and every day.
written by Brain Day