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.

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