Tag: Cara Meixner

Jan 22

In Case You Missed It… Teaching and Engaging Millennial Learners

In Case You Missed It… is a feature of the Center for Faculty Innovation blog providing resources from our programs for faculty who were not able to attend. Although no substitute for being able to attend, we hope that this follow up is useful to you.   Last week at the CFI, Dr. Cara Meixner …

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Feb 27

Looking Forward – jmUDESIGN 2013

by: Cara Meixner From time to time, we rearrange and redesign our homes – applying fresh paint, shuffling our furniture, or collecting novel accouterments. While such changes take time, the outcomes often justify the means. Ultimately, we feel better about our dwelling spaces, however small or large-scale the change may have been. We can apply …

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Nov 13


by: Cara Meixner Recently, I had the privilege of attending a segment of President Jonathan Alger’s listening tour, during which time a colleague remarked on the “deep humility” of our faculty. The depth of inquiry, diversity of pedagogies, and expanse of outreach engaged in by our faculty are profound hallmarks of the JMU mission. Still, …

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Oct 18

A Quiet Revolution

by: Cara Meixner Last night, I savored a brief TED Talk by Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. Her text has been on my ever-expanding to-read list since February, which feels like a dozen years to an introspective bibliophile. Cup of rooibos in hand, …

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Oct 11

Inspiring Work-Life Integration

by: Cara Meixner When I contemplate what it means to be “holistic” in my approach to life as an academic, a vision comes to mind. I picture a space within which my scholarship, teaching and service are inextricably connected, even recursive and as necessary, self-correcting. I imagine inhabiting a philosophical place-of-mind wherein talks of work-life …

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Nov 14

Expertise: Lore or Allure?

by: Cara Meixner As faculty, each of us cultivates an area of expertise. Specialists in a field or fields of inquiry, we are paid, promoted, and (too often) critiqued for knowing a lot about a little. The very process of earning a PhD exacerbates this status, and it isn’t uncommon for the “freshly-minted” varietal to …

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Sep 09

Who’s Hiding in Your Teaching Philosophy?

by: Cara Meixner Please submit your teaching statement. The above phrase evokes multiple thoughts and emotions.  To some, the mere thought of drafting, writing, and revising a teaching philosophy arouses a state of near panic.  Others may find this act reflective, insight-laden, or – dare I say – exhilarating.  Regardless of how we feel, most …

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