We both currently work as full professors, in different disciplines and at different institutional types. Elizabeth is a professor of music at a two-year institution in California who teaches undergraduate students, and Claire is a professor of education at a four-year flagship institution in Alabama, who primarily teaches graduate students. Previously Claire taught undergraduate English as an adjunct at multiple institutions at both the two- and four-year level. Together we have nearly five decades of full-time teaching experience at the college and university level. While we view ourselves as teachers, we also have experience in academic administration, having worked as a dean, department chair, and teaching center director; this latter work means that we also have experience in evaluating effective teaching and working with faculty to improve teaching and learning in the college classroom.
Given our extensive teaching experience, we understand the opportunities and challenges that today’s teachers face in the college and university classroom. We bring this knowledge combined with deep empathy and respect for the work of college teachers to all of our webinars, workshops, and short courses. We are able to share examples from our own courses with faculty so that we can illustrate the shift from theory to practice.