Teacher of the Week - Fran Teague
University Professor of the Arts & Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Theatre and Film Studies and the Department of English
“She’s a professor in the humanities who showed us how to be human and to strive for excellence in the profession.”
The Center for Teaching and Learning recognizes Fran Teague as CTL Teacher of the Week. Teague is a University Professor of the Arts and a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies and has a joint appointment with the Department of English in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
Over the years, Dr. Teague has learned to ask students what they need or what they find confusing. She’s also learned (the hard way) that scolding accomplishes nothing, so while she may correct a student's error or penalize poorly completed work, she tries to steer clear of shame and blame. In short, since she asks students to behave like adults, she does her best to treat each student like an adult. Dr. Teague also recognizes the importance of humor in her classroom and utilizes jokes because as she notes “being silly seems to work for me.”
Ultimately, what Dr. Teague does as a teacher in the classroom matters not a whit unless the students in her classroom are learners, and she attributes any success in the classroom to her students. Dr. Nathan Gilmour, former student and current Assistant Professor at Emmaunel College describes his former teacher, “Fran Teague travels with me every time I conduct a class, every time I prepare a lesson, every time I talk a student, panicked at the prospect of failing as once I panicked at my own prospects, down from the ledge. She’s a professor in the humanities who showed us how to be human and to strive for excellence in the profession. To find a disciple of Teague is to find a teacher who knows what’s possible if a professor does things right.” Another former student, Dr. Jessica Walker, Assistant Professor at Alabama A&M University adds, “Fran challenges her students to become innovative, productive scholars and shapes them into effective teachers by both instruction and example. But beyond that, she helps her students become successful professionals, guiding them through challenges such as how to weigh career options, behave considerately toward colleagues, and balance personal and professional responsibilities.”
See Teague’s online biography: http://www.drama.uga.edu/faculty-and-staff/fran-teague