Magazine article Liberal Education

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Magazine article Liberal Education

From the Editor

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Border crossing as a metaphOr well expresses for me the phenomenon of once-separated activities expanding into another sphere. In other contexts, when I imagine border crossing, I think curiosity, boldness, a spirit of adventure. When graduate students who are part of the Preparing Future Faculty program were invited to attend AAC&U's Annual Meeting, they crossed into a territory where questions of broad educational practice were addressed. With some of that spirit of adventure, they readily joined in the dialogue that the conference generates.

For those graduate students, a "real" experience of what it is to be a faculty member has been infused into their graduate education. PFF is a border crossing: fusing a focus on their scholarly field to the professing of that field through application to teaching and campus citizenship. If PFF means anything, it is an increased awareness of the multidimensional nature of the professoriate. …

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