I’m Julie Dodd, an educator who has taught at the University of Florida for more than 25 years.
Whether you are a college faculty member, a teaching assistant, an adjunct or a teacher at the K-12 level or someone interested in learning more about teaching in general, I hope you’ll find this website to be helpful.
Some resources and posts are specific to higher education. The website includes a page of resources for University of Florida faculty.
But many issues included on this website can be applied to teaching at any level. Prior to earning my doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Kentucky, I taught high school English and journalism.
I also was co-chair of the Journalism Education Association’s Mentoring Program, which matches new high school media teachers with near-to-retirement or retired media teachers.
So I’m familiar with teaching and learning in different school settings and with different age groups.
One great aspect about teaching is that you as the teacher need to be a learner, too.
My teaching assignment at the University of Florida provided the opportunity to learn about effective teaching with a large auditorium class. I’ve taught more than 11,000 undergraduate students in Multimedia Writing and Writing for Mass Communication.
Teaching that course also meant helping hire and then supervise teaching assistants and adjuncts to be lab instructors. Some semesters I worked with more than 300 students, 14 labs, and eight or nine lab instructors.
Another part of my teaching assignment has been teaching Mass Communication Teaching, a graduate course for teaching assistants and grad students who hope to go into a career in teaching. Many of the posts on this website were written by students in that class – providing a summary for the post about a topic they taught in class.
I serve on UF’s Graduate Teaching Assistants Awards Committee and have observed TAs teaching classes from Acting for Non-Majors to Time-Based Media to Integrating Technology into the Elementary Classroom to the Psychology of Aging. Preparing to observe TAs includes reading their teaching philosophies and their syllabi. Through my observations, I’ve learned more about the UF curriculum and have observed some of the top teaching assistants.
If you have any questions about teaching, I’d encourage you to contact me — firstname.lastname@example.org