What has been the biggest thrill in your academic career? Having students engage so deeply and fully with their learning that they enter a state of flow, evoking curiosity, a sense of ecstasy, inner clarity, self-efficacy, serenity, timelessness and intrinsic motivation to continue.
What has been the toughest course that you’ve taught at UCalgary? Teaching EDUC 420 – Issues in Teaching and Learning to a class of 350 undergrads who were in the first year of their program. They had little idea of the experience of teaching, except from the experience of being a student.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Keeping peace with others and myself.
What is your greatest fear? To look back and regret not doing something because I was too afraid or too concerned about what others might think.
Who are your favourite writers? Maxine Greene and Toni Morrison.
Who are your heroes in real life? Those who teach others.
What is your greatest regret? Not having enough time to learn and do everything I want.
What is your greatest extravagance? Glamping in the Serengeti.
Where would you most like to live? Right where I currently live.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Patience.
On what occasion do you lie? When I don’t want to hurt someone.
What or who is the greatest love of your life? My three children and seven grandchildren.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “What we need is a day-stretcher”; “Really?”
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Being known as a disruptive and a positive force for advancing student and teacher learning.
Which talent would you most like to have? The ability to play the piano.
What is your most treasured possession? My memories and experiences.