Mar 24, 2013
The Advantages of Teaching What You Don't Know
I recently came across Therese Huston’s book Teaching What You Don’t Know. In the book the author addresses the common experience of many professors who are tasked with teaching a course outside of their area of expertise. In a chapter entitled “Why It’s Better than It Seems,” Huston points out four potential advantages to teaching outside of one’s area of expertise (pp. 31–34).
● Learn something new and interesting
● Connect with faculty outside your department
● Broaden your CV
● Develop new areas of research
While these advantages might not make the preparation any easier, it might provide some encouragement during the process.