Special Episode

Season 2 Episode 13: Mistakes Are Proof Your Are Trying

In this episode, Mistakes Are Proof You Are Trying, Anne and Steve are joined by Andre Isaacs, Associate Professor of Chemistry at College of the Holy Cross, who shares his thoughts about how to build learning communities by meeting students where they are. This episode is brought to you in partnership with Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education.

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Show Notes

Holy Cross Chemistry Professor Blends Roles as Scientist and Influencer to Inspire Students

Andre Isaacs’s choreographed dance videos have attracted almost a quarter of a million followers on Tik Tok, but this associate professor of chemistry might be even more popular in the classroom.

Whether working on copper catalyzed reactions via click chemistry or practicing choreography for his videos, Isaacs’ mentorship of students builds community and inspires confidence that leads students to feel secure in taking scientific risks and sharing ideas with colleagues without hesitation that they might not be “right.” Continue reading

Season 2 Episode 9

Episode 9: Ideologies of Teaching

In this episode, Ideologies of Teaching, Anne and Steve are joined by John Craven, Associate Professor of Science Education at Fordham University, who shares his thoughts about what we mean when we talk about teaching and how that meaning affects our instructional choices.

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Rethinking Science Fairs

In this article, the authors reflect on whether the competitiveness of science fairs does anything to enhance the learning environment of schools. The authors narrate how a visit to a local school’s gymnasium to witness one of these gala events reminded them of why they so dislike science fairs. The authors mention that they applaud any sincere efforts to engage students in the processes of scientific inquiry. However, they also recognize that there are deep divisions between between teachers, educators, and scientists with regard to the value of science fair projects. From their perspective as science educators, they all too often see that the final projects at school science fairs don’t accurately reflect either the enterprise of science or the students’ interests. As science educators and parents, they suggest that schools and parents work to move the money invested in posters, instructional time, and after-hours staffing into funds that pay for student experiences outside the classroom, experiences designed to engage young citizens with real-life issues.

Season 2 Episode 7

Episode 7: A Humanistic Enterprise

In this episode, A Humanistic Enterprise, Anne and Steve are joined by Jim McCartin, Associate Professor of Theology and Ignatian Faculty Fellow at Fordham University who shares his thoughts about what teaching is and could be as we look ahead to the challenges and changes of the next academic year.

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Ignatian Faculty Development

The future of Jesuit higher education at Fordham depends upon faculty, drawn from diverse backgrounds, who are responsible for ensuring that Fordham’s mission and the Ignatian values underlying that mission animate faculty research, teaching, mentoring, and service.

Season 2 Episode 6

Episode 6: Figs and Kindness

In this episode, Figs and Kindness, we discuss two poems as a way into thinking about what we want to leave behind and what we want to keep from the past year as we move forward.

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In this episode we discuss To the Fig Tree on 9th and Christian by Ross Gay and Kindess by Naomi Shihab Nye.

Read the poem, To the Fig Tree on 9th and Christian by Ross Gay.

Read Kindess by Naomi Shihab Nye.

Season 2 Episode 4

Episode 4: More Human

In this episode, More Human, we talk with Carey Kasten, Associate Professor of Spanish at Fordham University who shares her experiences teaching and parenting during the past pandemic year.

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Academic Caregivers on Organizational and Community Resilience in Academia (Fuck Individual Resilience)

The Virus Moved Female Faculty to the Brink. Will Universities Help?