Stanley Stepanic's Teaching Philosophy

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Stan Stepanic s[email protected] PhD, UVA Slavic Department, University of Richmond In modern education, I think the situation is more difficult for those who have a background in the humanities. The output of the sciences is generally seen as more economically viable and instructors of disciplines like literature, folklore, film, and many others, sometimes find their position is viewed as less important by the average person, even superfluous. I find this to be far from the truth. The most important goal of an instructor today, regardless of their area of expertise, is an understanding of the interconnectedness of various disciplines, especially as it relates to their own. It is only through this that they may display the true importance of their own work. In my teaching, I provide a general framework revolving around a multiplicity of topics, illustrating how elements of seemingly unrelated fields compare and contrast, as well as providing a method so students may understand how their own experiences and
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