10 Commandments of Teaching
In the push to improve schooling, I think we often lose sight of the fundamentals of having a kind, safe, respectful atmosphere in which to learn. I have devoted my research career to trying to understand and influence teachers’ beliefs about students and learning. Time and time again in my research I have seen deeply rooted misunderstandings subvert well-intentioned efforts…
As Migrant Crisis Hits U.S. Border, Texas Town Keeps it Classy
In 2014, Associate Instructor Rick Brunson ’84 spent a week in El Paso, Texas, and was inspired to write this award-winning piece about the town, which is as strong as ever after the loss of 22 lives in a recent tragedy.
In This Era of Racial Divide, How Do We Bridge the Gap?
I facilitated an event in the community last year following the screening of the WUCF documentary The Groveland Four. I hope everyone is already familiar…
Robin Hood Had it Easy − The Real World is Not So Straightforward
We love the story of Robin Hood, who heroically broke the law to help the poor. This trope makes sense because the story sets up…
Let’s Stop Glorifying Tribalism—It Doesn’t Serve Us Well
Yet again, one of my Facebook groups has erupted into an often mean-spirited debate about whether someone really is (fill in the blank). For instance,…
Learning History Helps Us Understand Who We Are in Different Ways
There’s something visceral about walking the land that your ancestors once walked.
Traveling Always Presents the Opportunity to Encounter the Unexpected
I first encountered the cultural phenomenon of toro piscine when my wife and I read journalist and screenwriter Calvin Trilling’s travelogue Travels with Alice. While…
UCF in the News
What UCF’s Lake Nona Medical Campus Means for the Region
Orlando Business Journal
Spruce Creek’s Auburn Smith Graduates From UCF Among World’s Most Dominant Wheelchair Tennis Players
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
UCF Says it has Created a Safer Left Turn Signal System
WFTV Channel 9