I think teaching is about more than just relaying information, holding office hours, grading papers, being a mentor, and making knowledge (with students). It’s all of those things, of course, but it’s also in a sense not only about modeling an intellectual life but also passing on everyday “this is how you be a decent human” kind of skills, observations, wisdom, and practices. To wit: manners, kindness, and little gestures go a long way. Whether it is making sure to have a respectful tone in writing emails to a professor or coming to class dressed with a modicum of care or saying thank you, please, and you’re welcome, it makes me happy when students take their self-presentation and comportment seriously. So, it’s nice to get acknowledgement that you’re more than just a talking head. In other words, I like getting thoughtful messages and cards from students.
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Dr. Edmond Y. Chang is an Assistant Professor of English at Ohio University. His areas of research include technoculture, race/gender/sexuality, video games, RPGs, and LARP, feminist media studies, cultural studies, popular culture, and 20/21C American literature. He earned his Ph.D. in English at the University of Washington. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on queer American literature, speculative literature of color, virtual worlds, games, and writing. Recent publications include “Drawing the Oankali: Imagining Race, Gender, and the Posthuman in Octavia Butler’s Dawn” in Approaches to Teaching the Works of Octavia E. Butler, “Playing as Making” in Disrupting Digital Humanities, and “Queergaming” in Queer Game Studies. He is completing his first book on algorithmic queerness and digital games tentatively entitled Queerness Cannot Be Designed. View all posts by edmondchang