In this final blog post on care in the academy, I want to highlight Wofford College’s self-care pedagogy workshops for instructors who teach incoming students in their first semester at the college.
This work, funded by our 2020 NetVUE Program Development Grant (entitled Self Care Pedagogy for First-Year Students), supports sustainable practices for both students and instructors. Instructors applied to participate in our workshop. The opportunity to create and implement professional development began with a vision and these guiding questions:
- How do we take the concept of care beyond the superficial aspect of “self-help” genres?
- How do we move self-care to deep care and sustain that care in our vocations and in our lives?
- Do we have the audacity to add care to our professional development and to our classrooms?