Teaching Professor February, 2010 issue-article
Submitted by James Moyer, Prof. of Religious Studies and Provost Fellow for the Faculty Center of Teaching and Learning, Missouri State University
In this article I found the list of 10 rewards that come to those who teach to resonate with my own experience, and could not add any more reasons. However, I want to make some comments on the article.
1. Teaching is the greatest job in the world for all 10 of these rewards noted in the article.
2. I consider myself a patriotic citizen who is serving his country because I am training future citizens and thereby making our country more competitive in the world as a result of my effective teaching.
3. At one point in my forty-year-career there were four of my former students who were upper level administrators ranging from Deans to Vice Presidents serving the University. That was most gratifying to me.
4. I have served as both administrator and classroom teacher. Of the two, the greatest rewards are for classroom teachers by far. My discussions with others who have served as administrators are uniformly similar. When they return to the classroom they say that they are rediscovering the real reasons they went into higher education in the first place.
5. I have posted this in my Department as a reminder to all of us that in tough and gloomy economic times right now, there are many other rewards beyond a simple job to support ourselves.