Learn to love teaching (again).
Hi, I'm Christina.
How can I help?
“We need inspiration—and practical tips to survive.”
“I’m struggling to balance it all! What should I focus on?"
“Our faculty is ready to mutiny. Can we fix it?”
Trust me—I've been where you are now.
If you pull up my professional bio, you’ll see my public side: a PhD in literature from Emory University, publication credits, and even a couple of teaching awards here and there.
But what you won’t read is how I have struggled—profoundly—to hold it all together. The relentless pace, the class overload, the planning, the grading, the advising. The meetings. On top of it, I’m married, and had a child in the early part of my career.
During the last 20 years I’ve worked hard to build systems that have helped me to move from surviving to thriving. When my colleagues started emailing me to ask how I was managing it all, I realized that I couldn’t keep these tools to myself.
You can teach and love it. You can have a life outside the classroom, outside your next publication, outside the exhausting pursuit of tenure. I absolutely love helping teachers re-discover their love for teaching, and I’d love to help you, too.
Kind words from colleagues
A Guide to the Good Life
“This book might save your teaching career, your joy in your vocational calling, and even your marriage.”
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It’s finally here! After spending most of the break updating and providing new content for you all, I’m happy to announce that the Spring Retreat and Master Class is ready for enrollment. There are a couple of completely new sections, including Getting Things Done for Academics and How to Re-think your assignments. Enroll for 25%
It’s December, so I know that we are all grading, grading, grading right now. Because I am. But while COVID presents challenges it also presents opportunities: at this moment I’m delivering my final exam to my students across the country, while I’m in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, where I’m on my annual writing group retreat.
Sometimes you just have to teach off script. Here’s why. I’ve been teaching American literature for over 25 years, and it enables me to raise all kinds of issue of central importance today, including our persistent failure to move beyond the racist attitudes present at the founding of the United States. But sometimes we need