Teaching is at the core of the college’s mission, and the academic activity that drew the greater share of my time until I got into administration full-time. I hope to get back into the classroom at some point! My own pedagogical style tends to combine a mixture of lecture and seminar, with a heavy use of pop-cultural analogies, and a readiness to abandon the lecture to follow the thread of class discussion when that arises.
As far as philosophy of education goes, my tendency would be to follow Plato in the allegory of the Cave for the general way in which the liberal arts are meant to free us from the shibboleths of our setting in time and space. As a Catholic theologian, I’m also convinced that in doing this we will come to see what the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins saw: