I’m Julie Dodd. I enjoy exploring ideas and trails and am using this blog to do both.
Having spent my career in teaching — both at the university and high school levels — many of my posts are about teaching. Sometimes I’ll use the blog to share a conversation on a teaching issue I’ve had with a colleague or former student that I think you’d be interested in. You may have a topic you’d like me to discuss or want to add your own comment.
Teaching at any level is about helping your students develop skills and insights and move toward their life goals. So some posts are about career-related topics, from using Skype for a job interview to not oversharing personal information in the job process.
In my teaching at the University of Florida, I’ve worked with more than 11,000 students. One of the courses I’ve taught is Mass Communication Teaching, a course that helps prepare graduate students for teaching assistantships and careers in higher education. I have the opportunity to observe the top TAs on campus as a member of the Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards Committee.
Running, hiking, cycling and walking contribute to my personal outlook. I hope that sharing some of my fitness activities will encourage you to make time for a walk or hike. You also can read my posts for the Friends of the Smokies blog.