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Southwestern Professors Effectively Handle Conflict In the Classroom

An article in today’s New York Times, “In a Volatile Climate on Campus, Professors Teach on Tenterhooks,” discusses the politically charged climate on college campuses and specific ways faculty prepare for and handle conflict in the classroom.

It highlights Dr. Shannon Mariotti, Southwestern Professor of Political Science, and her strategies “to develop compassion and empathy” among students in her classes. Dr. Mariotti starts her classes with silent meditation and incorporates the book, “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life” to encourage students to handle conflict and opposing views with respect and compassion.


The article also points out that conflict and hot-button issues on college campuses are not exclusive to political science courses. It quotes Scott McLean, Professor of Kinesiology at Southwestern, and his mindful attention to presenting both sides of a potentially dividing issue. He prepares for potential conflict and how to handle heated discussions in his kinesiology classes.

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President Burger’s Article “Why Teachers Must Nurture Curiosity And Confidence To Inspire Students” Featured on Huffington Post

Dr. Edward Burger is not only the President of Southwestern University, he also a Professor. Dr. Burger teaches a course titled “Effective Thinking Through Creative Puzzle-Solving” to help students develop effective thinking and problem-solving skills.

He has dedicated the past 35 years of his life to promoting impactful learning and continuously strives to find new ways to engage and inspire students both inside and outside of the classroom.

Dr. Burger shared his thoughts on “Why Teachers Must Nurture Curiosity And Confidence To Inspire Students.”

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Professor of English David Gaines Breaks Down Why Bob Dylan Deserves the Nobel Prize for Literature

Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He’s the first musician ever to capture the prize, and the first American writer since 1993 to do so.

But should a songwriter really be eligible to win the Nobel Prize for literature?

Yes, says Dylan expert David Gaines, professor of English at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and author of the book “In Dylan Town: A Fan’s Life.”

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