Uncategorized / October 2, 2013

Professor aims at ‘active learning’

Visiting Instructor of Economics Theresa Bauer came to Knox from Carleton College hoping to engage students with her “active learning” teaching style. (Michele Luna/TKS)

Visiting Instructor of Economics Theresa Bauer came to Knox from Carleton College hoping to engage students with her “active learning” teaching style. (Michele Luna/TKS)

This fall, Knox welcomes Visiting Instructor of Economics Theresa Bauer to its faculty.

Bauer notes Knox’s diversity, the end of her position at Carleton College and the experience of teaching at another liberal arts school as reasons she chose to apply to Knox.

Bauer comes from Minneapolis, where she grew up with one sister and five brothers. As well as a fairly large family, she also has a dog named Copper. As an undergraduate, she attended St. Benedict, in conjunction with St. John’s University for her undergraduate studies. She then received a Master’s Degree at UC Davis. Currently, she is a PhD Candidate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and believes her experience at Knox will be helpful not only in her studies but as someone whose main goal is to obtain tenure at a liberal arts college.

Part of what makes the Knox experience diverse for Bauer is the size of the student body, which is smaller than that of Carleton, and that the students themselves come from a wide variety of backgrounds. She also notes that Knox is very different than any previous institution that she has taught at in its surrounding environment.

As a professor, Bauer wants to instill an enthusiasm for economics in her students. Though she does not necessarily believe all her students will continue to study economics, she does hope her class “will allow students to be able to see and understand how economics work in the real world.”

“My work as a teacher’s assistant showed that when students teach other students the material … the whole group learns more,” Bauer said.

She hopes this “active learning” approach will help her students get a firmer grasp on real world examples to help explain not only the lesson but the economic developments around them.

Andy Van Buskirk

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