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Visiting Colorado College

I was educated at big public research universities and–when not employed in museums–I have worked at large public research universities. My only teaching experiences outside such contexts were two courses taught at the private University of Tulsa as an adjunct during my time working as a curator at the Gilcrease Museum. This summer, I have been given a unique opportunity to teach in a very different context. During late July and early August, I will be a visiting professor at Colorado College (CC) in Colorado Springs. I will be teaching Introduction to Folklife for the Anthropology and Southwest Studies programs at CC. The class will be small and the teaching intense because CC has (and is famous for) The Block Plan. In the Block Plan, students take only one course at a time and work on it intensively for a bit more than three weeks before moving on to their next class. There are many reasons for me to be enthusiastic about this opportunity but, more than anything else, I think that it will be a great experience that will strengthen my work as an undergraduate teacher.

Among the simpler advantages of the block plan is the fact that it makes class excursions possible, thus the class and I will be able to visit, for instance, key museum exhibitions in Denver. We will also be able to host visiting experts in class.

Outside of the teaching aspect, Colorado College is home to a great faculty that includes many fantastic scholars in the fields of anthropology, folklore, and ethnomusicology. It is notably the home to my friend and collaborator Victoria Levine. I am very thankful for the opportunity that the faculty and administration at CC is providing me.

If you know anyone interested in studying anthropologically-oriented folkloristics this summer in Colorado, CC accepts visiting undergraduate students for its summer sessions.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jason, Congratulations! What an awesome opportunity. They’re so lucky to have you for the summer!

    March 16, 2011
  2. Steve Hahn #

    Jason, yes “intense” is an apt word. My institution has 4-week “interim” terms in January…sounds like a similar situation. I share your educational background, and I guess the biggest adjustment I had to make involved student expectations — of your time, interest, and even emotional support. The big upside is that the better students at these institutions can be pushed quite hard, and are willing to go the extra mile doing research, etc. I hope the summer is a fun and satisfying one!

    March 16, 2011
  3. Jason, what a great opportunity. and they’re lucky to get you.

    March 16, 2011
  4. Thanks everyone!

    March 17, 2011
  5. Barbara Fister #

    They also have a terrific art book / letterpress operation; do check it out. They do beautiful work. Their special collections are also unusually special for a small college. AND they have some rockin librarians. It’s a wonderful place.

    April 3, 2011

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