Austin College Professor Discusses Team Teaching Benefits

drodgersDon Rodgers, Austin College associate professor of political science, will present “Team Teaching and Liberal Arts” at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13 during the “Tuesday Afternoon with…” lecture series in Caruth Administration Building, Room 201. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Rodgers, who joined the Austin College faculty in 2003, will discuss the benefits of team teaching in the liberal arts environment. “Team teaching offers both students and faculty the opportunity to learn in a very dynamic, interactive classroom environment,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers is an expert in Asian politics, whose teaching and research interests also include international human rights and political psychology. He teaches in Austin College’s interdisciplinary Asian Studies program. While an undergraduate student of international studies at Ohio Wesleyan University, he travelled to Taiwan for a study abroad program and developed an interest in the country that remains. He has taken many Austin College students to Taiwan during January Terms and summers, including a trip with four students in 2005 with an AsiaNetwork Freeman Foundation Grant for student-faculty collaborative research. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in political science at The University of Georgia, where he completed his Ph.D. dissertation on “Taiwan and North Korea: Division, Legitimacy, Competition, and Nation-State Identity.”

“Tuesday Afternoon with…” is a continuing program of the faculty and the Johnson Center for Liberal Arts Teaching and Scholarship, directed by Robert Cape, professor of classics. The series began with a September presentation by Steve Goldsmith, professor of biology and dean of Sciences, and will continue with Jill Schurr, assistant professor of psychology, on November 10, presenting “Current Perspectives on IQ: g and beyond;” and Jacqueline Moore, professor of history, presenting “Cowboy Masculinities” on December 1. All sessions are scheduled at 4:30 p.m. in Caruth Administration Building, Room 201. Questions about the series may be directed to Cape at 903.813.2376.

The Robert Johnson Center for Liberal Arts Teaching and Scholarship fosters the culture of liberal arts education at all levels at Austin College. Through its programs for faculty, it supports professional and personal development as educators, scholars, leaders, and engaged members of their community. It offers programs to students to promote learning and research, and to encourage their interaction with faculty on a professional level inside and outside the classroom. The Center also offers programs to all members of the Austin College community to support and strengthen the liberal arts environment and promote better understanding of its value to a wider audience.

Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges that Change Lives.