Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who Want To Be Effective Teachers

West Virginia Univ. Jul. 2019. 264p. ISBN 9781949199062. pap. $26.99. SOC SCI
Those who earn graduate degrees, whether in physics, semiotics, or medieval literature, are highly educated specialists—but often lacking in one crucial area: how to teach. Neuhaus (U.S. history & pop culture, State Univ. of New York Plattsburgh; Manly Meals and Mom’s Home Cooking) notes that those who are drawn to academia are often considered reserved or bookish, or in common parlance, geeks—traits that make them excellent scholars but may keep them from connecting with their students. Breaking down the meanings behind the terms geek, introvert, and nerd (GINs) the author argues that effective educators need not be sugary and bubbly. She discusses how GINs can stay true to themselves while still succeeding as teachers. A practical tips and a hefty notes section make this a pragmatic work. Though the text is intended for academics, it’s a quick read, livened with self-deprecating humor and pop culture references.
VERDICT An original take on pedagogy, this is an ideal pick for the recent PhD graduate who is suddenly thrust into teaching their first 101 course.

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