RECOMMENDATIONS

Engaging Ideas by John C. Bean

This book that explains how and why to incorporate writing into almost any class. I particularly like pp. 29-31, which contrasts how students’ typically conceptualize the academic writing process with how academics typically write. I have assigned this section in my courses and students tend to be grateful to have additional signposting on essay writing as a process.

What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain

This book provides some useful (though very general) advice gleaned from studying successful professors in multiple disciplines. The piece of advice that I found most useful in this book was to reject power over students in order to instill within them a greater sense of agency over their own education. Based on Bain’s advice, I also include more history of classical scholarship in my courses on literature in order to demonstrate how knowledge is not static and that it has been constructed through a historical process.

Several Short Sentences About Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg

My favorite book on writing. I can safely recommend it to any academic writer at any level. It is as well suited to undergraduates as it is to graduate students and well established professors. If every academic read this book and heeded its advice, knowledge would be more accessible to all.

Moving toward a (Responsible) Hybrid/Online Greek Major

This was a great panel given at the SCS a few years back on digital pedagogy. The presenters demonstrate how to expand course offerings through online pedagogy without sacrificing in-person interaction in the classroom.

Chronicle Vitae

The weekly email newsletter from Chronicle Vitae is my favorite resource for all things academic. There is, without fail, a useful piece of guidance every week on topics ranging from job talks to syllabus design to using social media to diversity in the academy. One of my favorite postings is on Jedi Mind Tricks, which incentive student participation; these really work!

Entitled Opinions

Robert Harrison, the Rosina Pierotti Professor in Italian Literature at Stanford University, interviews primarily other Stanford professors about authors, literature, and ideas on this podcast. I am so passionate about this podcast that it is difficult for me to articulate its value. It has been the primary way that I’ve gained exposure to intellectual currents outside of classics. It is an invaluable gateway out onto the broader world of the humanities. Harrison is a polymath whose distinctive approach seems to illuminate any subject.