While listening to a dean (whom I will be having for a professor) talk today I found myself newly charged up over the idea of cultivating teaching/speaking skills. In quality institutions there's just this plague of bright scholars who cannot engage an audience to save their lives. They repeat themselves endlessly when speaking, they speak in a monotone, use no hand gestures or body language, etc.
I'm unforgiving about this because I was so afraid every day I taught, but I loved it! How I was presenting was as important as what I was presenting- basic common sense.
I seemed to always be working on new techniques to engage my classes. How is it these guys are still standing in front of a room giving dry lectures? - when they take the rest of their jobs so seriously? Everyone who reads anything pedagogy-related knows how inefficient pure lecture is as a teaching method!
It's just offensive... because it's part of the job of being a professor, but so many faculty members simply do not care about how they teach (if they even want to teach.)
Thinking about all of this reaffirmed in me the knowledge that I _must_ teach. It's a compulsion. I love it. I am really going to miss it.
The amount of paperwork I have received in the past few days is sinful. Cut down the photocopying and lower my tuition ;)
p.s. my j. was on NPR today. They played a rant of his about music!