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August 31, 2017

Searches for new deans are progressing

Jerry Baldasty

Leadership, I have long believed, isn’t about titles, business suits or conference tables. To be a leader, one does not need a formal title – such as dean, chair or doctor. Nor does a leader need to don a business suit every day. And, leaders don’t sit at the head of a conference table, giving…

New Seattle classroom scheduling system by spring 2018

Jerry Baldasty

One of the most frustrating things I experienced as a faculty member was challenges in nailing down the exact time and location of my class. And it wasn’t just me. In autumn 2016, nearly one-third of classroom requests were honored long after they were made. This has a real impact. Last-minute classroom scheduling complicates life…

August 8, 2017

Changing UW students’ lives through exceptional teaching

Jerry Baldasty

Teaching is much more difficult than it looks. It’s not enough to know about your subject. You have to explain your subject in ways people can understand….You have really think anew about your goals for the class, how to talk about the content, and most importantly how to engage students.