Five things I've learned

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Dr. Anthony Alofsin
at UT [25 years]

1. Bevo sleeps with his eyes open.

2. Students remain eternally young.

3. Wise faculty learn to age with grace.

4. The need for critical thinking cuts across all disciplines.

5. Regardless of views to the contrary, teaching —at all levels — is a noble calling.

Tom Buckley
rhetoric and writing
at UT [22 years]

1. Questioning, challenging, imagining — these are the foundations of true education. Plato was correct: "The unexamined life is not worth living."

2. More does not equal better, particularly when it comes to writing. Mark Twain: "I would have written you a shorter letter, but I didn't have time."

3. Asking good questions is more important than knowing the correct answers.

4. All students are at risk of not reaching their potential. Those who claim their education — and aren't merely passive receptacles — have the best chance of succeeding.

5. Every student has a voice. Everyone we meet is a person first.

Tom Johnson
at UT [2 years]

1. A professor who believes he or she has all the answers has probably stopped looking. I am always amazed how much I learn from my students.

2. No matter how down I am feeling, I can always look over at the Tower and feel a little better.

3. Don’t forget to have fun. I've found that if I have nine hours and devote four hours to something I enjoy, I usually get about as much work done as when I set aside nine hours for work.

4. Many people look quite sharp wearing burnt orange and cream.

5. I probably own as many Christmas ties (8) as most of my colleagues own ties.