Skip to main content
Kelly Hogan

Kelly Hogan (photo by Viji Sathy)

Q: How is creativity important to your work as a professor?

A: Every time I set an objective about what I want my students to learn, I need to think creatively about how I’m going to help them reach that goal. There isn’t one learning path or activity that is right. I often need multiple paths because of the diversity of learners, and I find it exciting that there are endless possibilities I might design or “borrow” from some other instructor. I might decide to have students draw a model, solve a problem or even role play. Creative folks take risks, and teaching is about taking risks and determining what works best for you and your students.

Q: What gets your creative juices flowing?

A: First, I need to be inspired — that usually comes from having a problem I feel needs to be solved or by being surrounded by other folks who I admire. Then, I need time. I can’t be rushed in between emails and household responsibilities. I need to carve out time for creative thinking.

Q: What’s your biggest “fail?” How and what did you learn from that experience?

A: My biggest fails in teaching often revolve around technology. I tend to take risks with classroom technology. I sometimes find myself in the middle of a semester with a new technology and I realize it is not functioning with 400-plus students the way I envisioned. In the past, I stressed more about failure like this. I’ve learned to not give much weight for student grades associated with a new technology so I can still have the freedom to explore and abort if need be. I now acknowledge that I can never foresee the challenges that come with scaling up a new tool for the masses. I guess I’ve learned to accept failure as part of the process!

Kelly A Hogan
Director of Instructional Innovation, College of Arts and Sciences
Senior STEM Lecturer, Department of Biology

Published in the Spring 2016 issue | Features

Read More

Logo: Celebrating 100 Years of Latin American Studies at Carolina

Celebrating 100 years of Latin American studies at UNC

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is celebrating…

Peaches Golding in an Austin Healey car

England’s first black High Sheriff: Peaches Golding (biology ’76)

From her earliest childhood, Peaches Golding had both a love…

Kirsten Consing

$3.7 million gift endows the Karen M. Gil Internship Program in Psychology

An anonymous couple has committed $3.1 million in permanent funding…

Comments are closed.