Each year, I make three personal work goals to help me continue progressing as a faculty member of the English Department at my university. In early 2012, I made three goals: 1) to return to school to pursue a second M.A. degree in Interpersonal Communication, 2) to build stronger relationships with my online students and to build a stronger “classroom” experience for them, and 3) to present a Faculty Development workshop on campus. Well, I began school again in August, 2012, and Chiara Ojeda and I have retooled the online class a total of three times already this year with a fourth and fifth reboot on the way. The last goal to fulfill is the Fac Dev Workshop.
You can see my slideshow-in-progress above. I plan to introduce classroom faculty to the presentation revolution and to give them a basic idea of what it is, who started it, and why it is important. It was inspired by many, many things, but especially:
1) Re-reading Nancy Duarte’s Resonate again (and again)
2) How To Be A Presentation God by Scott Schwertly
3) Suzy Johnson’s guest lecture about design and typography
4) Chiara Ojeda’s absolutely gorgeous, inspiring, amazing “Your Speech Is Toxic” deck
5) Continuous student feedback on the terrible quality of their teachers’ presentations.
I plan to present it to faculty in November or December of 2012 so that I can close out another successful year of meeting my personal career goals. Hopefully, I can also inspire a teacher or two to ditch the bulleted slides, to come out from behind the podium, to turn the lights on, to tell stories, and to start actually teaching.
What goals did you set for your career this year? With time running out, how do you plan to achieve them in the next three months?