As a teacher, I find there is nothing more interesting or inspiring than to work with students as they come to understand their own potential, as they develop parts of themselves they perhaps didn't know existed, and as they gain confidence in their ability to effect change. These are wonderful things to witness, and to feel a part of, even if only in a small way.
Having taught now for more than thirty years, I believe in the importance and value of higher education, in its ability to cultivate thinking and activism and, ultimately, to help us understand who we are in this universe. That's what education has done for me, and I would like to do whatever I can to help this happen for my students.
Another thing I've come to realize after all these years is that the notion that learning never stops is not a cliché - it's the absolute truth, which is why I continue to teach, to write, to be engaged in community work and to try to publish the stories I write. All of these activities create rich opportunities for learning, and learning in turn creates rich opportunities for growth. If I can pass along a sense of this to my students, of how important learning is and how much richness it can provide us in life, then I believe I will have been successful as a teacher.
For more information about my writing - specifically about my published novel, Searching for Joy - and some of the community work I do, please follow the link to my webpage.
Tim's Teaching Specialties:
All of the courses I teach involve some form of writing, reading and public speaking/oral communication. Most of the courses involve community outreach and real-world assignments such as creating a newsletter, giving a community presentation or working with a partnering organization through either an internship, an independent study, or the Capstone Leadership Project that is the centerpiece of the Community Leadership program's Capstone Seminar class.
Tim's Interests and Hobbies:
One of the greatest passions of my adult life has been to find ways to prevent child abuse, and as a result I've tried as much as I can to serve as an advocate for children. When I have free time, I love to spend it outdoors fly fishing, hiking (I've climbed all 48 of the 4,000 foot peaks in NH), or skiing with family and friends.
Tim's Advice for First Year Students:
Be passionate about your education. What matters most is not how much money you can make or how famous you can become, but how much you believe in and care about what you learn and what you do with that learning.