Faculty Interview Reflection Paragraph

ILS 138, CRC First-Year Seminar, Fall 2015

This reflection paragraph is worth 10pts and 5% of the overall grade.

150-200 words, 12 point font, double-spaced.

Please provide a brief transcript of the interview.


Identify one of your current faculty members to interview. For this assignment, faculty means an Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, or a Lecturer, NOT a teaching assistant (TA).

Contact this person (usually via e-mail) and arrange a time to meet, preferably in his or her office hours. You can also set up a meeting by talking with him or her before or after class. You are also welcome to schedule a meeting over a meal/coffee and utilize the Food 4 Thought program in CRC. Please be aware of how you approach scheduling this meeting; “I need to interview you for a class” comes across very differently than “I’d like to invite you to a meal.”

You will be asking questions, but we hope this will mostly be a conversation between you and your instructor.  Relax, have fun, be fluid. A list of sample questions is provided below. Please remember that the goal is for you to learn more about this instructor. You will be asked to provide a transcript of the interview along with your reflective paragraph.

  • How did you decide to teach at a University?
  • What do you remember from your first semester in college?
  • What brought you to Madison?
  • How did you end up in your academic discipline?
  • What are your area(s) of specialization and/or research?
  • What was your doctoral dissertation about?
  • What do you do for fun? What hobbies do you pursue?
  • What you enjoy most about teaching? What do you dislike?
  • What are some of your favorite places in Madison?
  • What are your thoughts on a Liberal Arts Education?
  • If you could offer one piece of advice to first-year students, what would it be?

Write a paragraph, giving a self-reflective response to the conversation. In order to do this, you’ll need to take notes during your conversation and ask follow-up questions and potentially answer some if the instructor asks you any.

  • What surprised you?
  • What was difficult about the conversation? What was simple?
  • How will this experience affect you in the future?

Due Date
: Week 8 (Submit to Dropbox on Learn@UW)

See Identity Reflection Paper.