What makes this position so stimulating, of course, is the student body--and the courses I get to teach. The Humanities Division comes in contact with each student at the college several times because we teach so many general education courses. All students must complete several courses in English composition, a foreign language, comparative religion (we're affiliated with the United Methodist Church), a humanities seminar, a literature course, and a speech or theater course. For this reason, we get to know the students pretty well. And any one of those students might come by my office most any time because I am the troubleshooter if they need one. So it is stimulating, and sometimes challenging. But as I stated, I do love it.
I'm really excited this fall about teaching a poetry writing workshop. To see students who are pretty sure at the beginning of the course that they cannot write "real" poetry turn out some pretty good poems is a joyful thing. The other day I had them read aloud the poems they had written over the weekend. What began as hesitation ended in enthusiasm as they realized what they had done. They've come a long way in a few short weeks. Some will go on writing. All will have a greater appreciation for the language as expressed in poetry.
My experiences with these students got me to thinking about my audience. I wonder if people would be interested in a free poetry writing workshop. I would love to share my teaching materials and methods with an online audience. I'm not trying to sell anybody anything. I just thought it might be fun to see if people are interested and if so, what results we might have. If you are interested, let me know.