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The Virtues of Being a Selfish Teacher-Scholar

 

Liberal arts colleges face pressures like demographic decline, devaluation of liberal education, and anti-intellectualism, leading to budget cuts and faculty layoffs. Faculty members now focus more on student recruitment, retention, and graduation rates, often adopting student-centered teaching practices. However, this can lead to burnout. Self-knowledge should guide teaching, scholarship, and service, allowing faculty to harness their aptitudes and interests. The selfish teacher-scholar model encourages faculty to teach content that leverages their expertise and interests, making teaching more efficient and enjoyable. This approach can be applied across educational contexts. The boundaries between teaching and scholarship should be blurred, with research being a powerful teaching tool. Faculty-guided research involving students as co-investigators can

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