Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Film, Theatre & Communication Arts - Low Residency Creative Writing concentration;


Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts

Major Professor

Lavender, William

Second Advisor

Moore, Dinty W.

Third Advisor

Veslany, Kathleen


In this series of essays about professional burnout, a veteran teacher seeks a way to continue her work and enthusiasm in it, for the sake of both her and her students. To that end, she explores her relationships with her father and mother, and how the practices of teaching and learning she brought from home have affected her present classroom experiences. A complicating factor is the presence of chronic illness and its demands both primary and secondary: her father's Alzheimer's, her mother's bi-polar disorder, and the demands of eldercare for her mother. She also explores her own habitual practice of being a student, in a reflective inquiry into the mind and situation of students from inside her own experiences. Interleaved vignettes of student interaction illustrate the kinds of difficulty that the speaker has with her teaching. They appear chronologically to suggest a developmental movement.


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