Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda:

Reflections on the First Years of Teaching

This blog series, from Spring Semester 2013, focuses on the lessons learned during the first years of teaching. The bloggers are all former participants in the Wabash Center's Early Career Teaching Workshop.

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  • Grace Ji-Sun Kim (Moravian Theological Seminary)
  • Antonios Finitsis (Pacific Lutheran University)
  • Debra Mumford (Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary)
  • Rob Muthiah (Azusa Pacific Graduate School of Theology).
  • Kate Blanchard (Alma College)
  • Eric Barreto (Princeton Seminary)
  • Kent Brintnall (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)
  • Lisa M. Hess (United Theological Seminary, Ohio)


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It was the second week of January, and I was alone with the three kids as my husband was off to sunny California on business. The first night he was away, my youngest son had a little fight with his older sister. He was so upset that he came to ...

Recent literature on the educational profile of the iGeneration emphasizes their love for collaboration.[1] One could further argue that group projects make great assignments beyond the well-documented learning proclivities of current students. There are many benefits a student can gain from participating in a group project. A student gets to ...

“Using Time.” What a curious phrase. At best, it is aspirational. At worst, it is a wee bit oxymoric. Through ticking clocks and rotating calendars we all bear witness to time’s constant motion.[1] Whether we use time well or not it keeps on moving. So that means the moment ...

Who has the power in this faculty meeting, and what does that mean for me? As a new hire in our graduate school of theology, I didn’t formulate these questions explicitly as I went to my first faculty meeting, but I certainly carried these questions within me.           As a ...

I have always been gifted at getting people’s hackles up. Maybe it comes from being the self-righteous firstborn of two firstborns. Maybe it comes from being socially awkward, always better at pleasing teachers than pleasing peers. Maybe it comes from my tendency to say exactly what I think at ...

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