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Teaching and Application, Forest and the Trees

This semester is my first teaching a course. It has a focus on the application of policy tools in international relations. Each week we

The Many Hands of Teaching

Nearly three weeks into the fall semester and the year is up and running. Papers will be coming in at the end of this

Let It Rain

I’m teaching Weather, Climate, & Change (pdf) – a COLL 100 course – to 40 enthusiastic students who are in their first semester at W&M. 

Seeing the Good in Our Mistakes

Every once in a while on this campus known for high achievers, I overhear or take part in conversations that are totally counter-cultural. People

Knickpoint on the Nottoway

Deep in the heart of Southside Virginia lies a bedrock outcrop of tremendous size. Quality outcrops are rare in the Piedmont, but between the

Jump On Into Student Research

One of our summer highlights is a student research “shark tank.” Students work with staff and faculty mentors to hone an original idea, which

My Dream Job Found Me (When I Was Not Looking)

This week, I celebrate my second year anniversary as a professor at William & Mary (W&M).  I tell my students that two of the

Hot Summer, Cool Wren, & 20 Years of the Spotswood Society

While some of the students and professors are away from campus over the summer, a small yet dedicated group of students and staff keep

Summer research – turning up the heat!

I often get asked if life at a college is slower paced during the summer. Nope! If anything, it’s our busiest time of year,