Teaching Project

During the spring of 2018, I had the privilege to conduct long form interviews with fifteen Bethel faculty members who have won the Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching.  We talked about their teaching stories and their philosophies of teaching.  A non-inclusive list of questions that we discussed can be found at the bottom of this page.

Each of these interviews was then edited down in to a watchable video form and also cut up into video clips.  To view the individual complete interviews you can follow the links below.  Or you can use the search function on this site to find video clips which discuss specific topics.

In the final stage of this project, I used footage from their interviews to create a feature length documentary film entitled Why We Teach.

Individual Interviews:

Dick Peterson – Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching – 1988
Kathy Nevins – Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching – 1991
Patrice Conrath – Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching – 1996
Marion Larson – Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching – 2001
Leta Frazier – Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching – 2002
Carole Young – Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching – 2003
Dan Ritchie – Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching – 2006
Chris Gehrz – Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching – 2009
Jay Rasmussen – Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching – 2010
Nancy Brule – Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching – 2011
Ken Steinbach – Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching – 2012
Sara Shady – Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching – 2013
Joey Horstman – Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching – 2014
Sara Wyse – Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching – 2015
Susan Brooks – Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching – 2016

A Non-Inclusive List of Interview Questions:

How did you become a teacher?
Who were your most influential teachers?
What were you like as a student?
What about your personality makes you a teacher?
What were you like as a teacher when you started?
How did you learn to teach?
Have there been stages in your teaching career?
What teachers are Bethel do you admire?
How does teaching at the Christian Liberal Arts College impact who you are as a teacher?
What does faith look like in the classroom?
Why does studying your field matter?
Why do the Humanities matter?
Why do the Fine Arts matter?
Why to the Sciences matter?
Is teaching an art, a craft, or a science?
What metaphors come to mind when you think about teaching?
How would you describe your classroom?
What is your favorite course to teach?
What is unique about teaching in your field?
What expectations do you have for students as they enter your classroom?
What role do relationships with students play in your classroom?
What do you hope students would say about you as a teacher?
What advice do you have for students?
What advice would you have for new teachers?
What advice do you have for Bethel?

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