To kick off our new departmental blog "History and Politics @ AU" we are reproducing here Dr. Christopher Burkett's speech accepting the Edward and Louaine Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award, one of the greatest honors an Ashland University faculty member can receive. Dr. Burkett will say most beautifully what we in the Department of History and Political Science @ AU aspire to in our teaching. Now here in his own words:
|Dr. Christopher Burkett|
But first let me say that in addition to being honored by the award I am extremely humbled by the fact that we have so many outstanding teachers among our faculty at Ashland University. This sets us apart from so many other colleges and universities. This is one of the reasons – the main reason – that I am standing here today. As an undergraduate student at Ashland College, I knew or took classes from many of the fine faculty here today. And this is also why I titled my talk “Education and the Pursuit of Happiness,” because it is partly autobiographical. I tried my hand at college after graduating from high school, and it was awful! I lasted about five weeks and dropped out. I found it to be a dreadfully boring, cold and sterile experience. In my classes there was a lot of professing, but not a lot of teaching, as we understand that term here at Ashland University.