I’m Julie Dodd. I enjoy exploring ideas and trails, and I use this blog to do both. I hope you’ll join me on my ventures.
I started this blog in 2007 as a teaching endeavor as a professor at the University of Florida. My teaching assistants and I agreed that our 300+ students in Writing for Mass Communication (a course later updated to be Multimedia Writing) should create their own blogs to be part of their professional portfolios. So I knew that I needed to create my own blog.
I’m on a new trail now. I’ve retired – after a career in teaching, including teaching more than 11,000 students at the University of Florida.
I now have more time and opportunity for exploring nature, for fitness and for a range of other issues. So I’m using my blog to share fitness activities and tips, travel ventures and readings. I hope that sharing some of my fitness activities will encourage you to make time to hike, run or walk.
I continue to be involved in some teaching activities, as teaching has been such an important part of my life.
I’m involved with campus-wide programs to improve teaching at UF. For more than 10 years, I’ve been on the team for the Orientation for New Teaching Assistants. I also serve on the Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards Committee and have the opportunity to observe the top teaching assistants on campus. You can read about more teaching issues on Successful Teaching, a blog that I created when teaching Mass Communication Teaching.
I feel blessed to have had such a rewarding career in teaching and now can be retired with new challenges and opportunities.