Make society happen. Don’t let it just happen to you.
James Vela-McConnell, Teaching Philosophy
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Teaching Philosophy

Professors teach much more than their subject matter during the course of a semester. They teach students about participating in everyday life. For this reason, professors have to be cognizant of the message they send to students in and out of the classroom. If a professor can consciously shape this message, she or he can have a tremendous impact on many aspects of the students’ lives and on society itself.

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The first skill I want students to develop is the ability to question things—everything…. I want students to question their lives and what they see going on around them without taking anything for granted, no matter how 'trivial' it may appear. Such questioning must then extend to the larger society.
James Vela-McConnell, Teaching Philosophy