Dr. Frances Garrett, from the University of Toronto, talks about how she designs courses in creative ways that focus on developing student skills as well as sharing Buddhist studies content. Her courses have included an immersive year-long role-playing experience and a seminar where the students collaborated on writing and publishing an academic article. As a self-professed introvert for whom teaching has always been a struggle, Frances talks about how she centers the mental health of her undergraduate and graduate students and aims to create a more compassionate university environment.
“I think as a teacher you have to model appreciative criticism.” Frances Garrett
“Students’ subjective experience can be a way into learning about interdependence.” Frances Garrett
Links and References
David Germano and the Tibetan Himalayan Digital Library website
Todd Lewis’ article, “Getting the Foundations Right when Teaching Asian Religions,” Education about Asia, 2010
Todd Lewis’ article, “Representations of Buddhism in Undergraduate Teaching: The Centrality of Ritual and Story Narratives,” Teaching Buddhism in the West Routledge 2002
Frances Garrett, Matt King, Barbara Hazelton, Andrew Erlich, and Nicholas Field’s article, “Narratives of Hospitality and Feeding in Tibetan Ritual,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion – co-written with grad students