Teaching is a craft, encompassing elements of both art and science. The classroom of an experienced teacher is a distinctive and even unique environment, yet research can identify shared methods that are highly effective at engaging students. The best educators meet the challenges of the profession with an approach that includes empathy, consistent expectations, self-awareness, and deep understanding of their subject matter.


Why Prepare for a Teaching Career at Sewanee?

Sewanee's educational ethos both models and cultivates many of the traits of effective teaching, and so it's no surprise that many alumni have gone on to distinguished careers in the profession. Students are able to build a strong base of content area knowledge within majors across the college's liberal arts curriculum, as well as benefiting from top-notch job search support through Career Readiness. The southern middle Tennessee region also affords a wide variety of opportunities for students to make a difference in the community and to gain experience working in a school environment. 

A Sampling of Courses


James Ross Macdonald
Associate Professor of English


Gailor Hall 129, ext. 1338


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