This video series was initially developed in the Fall of 2018 after Naomi Kasa shared an idea for how to better celebrate and capture the learning from some of our retiring faculty members. In the Summer of 2022, the Institute for Faculty Development expanded the Legacy of Teaching Excellence to include faculty who have taught 10+ years.
Let us celebrate together how our faculty have worked to shape their teaching over many years to better be able to foster student learning. The Legacy of Teaching Excellence series includes the following current and former faculty members:
Imagine teaching the same class for decades. Only it wouldn’t really be the same class. Each set of students would bring their own questions, prior learning, and backgrounds. In this series of videos, Dr. Vince Gil shares about his experience teaching Vanguard’s human sexuality class for all those years and what he learned in the process.
Teaching complex subjects often requires new approaches with every class and each new student. In this series of clips, Dr. Elizabeth Powell describes the ways in which her teaching evolved over many years and how she found joy in fostering community in her classes. For more about Elizabeth’s teaching, see Bonni Stachowiak’s EdSurge column about her experience sitting in one of Elizabeth’s classes in the Spring of 2022, or listen to Episode 423 of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast.
There’s a kind of joy that comes from following God’s call over a sustained period of time. In a series of A Legacy of Teaching Excellence clips, Professor Ed Westbrook looks back at his early days of teaching and how his approaches evolved over time. He concludes by stating without a doubt that coming to teach at Vanguard was one of the best decisions he has ever made.
We are excited to continue to grow this series and learn from even more tremendous educators who have served as Vanguard University faculty over the years.