By Christina Bieber Lake and Jasmine Obeyesekere Fernando

Dr. Christina Bieber Lake: The Flourishing Teacher

“Just like we have to learn how to give grace to ourselves, we really have to give grace to our students. I'm giving more grace than ever before....Some students would really just appreciate being seen by you and recognizing that their struggle is difficult." 

— Dr. Christina Bieber Lake

Listen in on our book club conversation with author and professor Dr. Christina Bieber Lake where we discuss thriving in academia — even during a pandemic.

Whether you are a seasoned college professor or just starting out in your career, Dr. Bieber Lake offers a rich combination of spiritual insight and practical tips that will renew your love of teaching. Her intent is to help you thrive — rather than merely survive — in academia. Even though Christina wrote her book pre-pandemic, it was published during the pandemic and some of the issues she addresses in the book take on pressing and deeper significance. How do you adjust your expectations in the face of personal and societal crises and grief?  How can teachers practice habits of well-being and bring a sense of well-being to their students? How do you find the solitude needed for academic reading and writing?

These are just some of the questions around which we had lively discussions as we read The Flourishing Teacher at the Fall book club hosted by Women in the Academy and Professions. In November, we enjoyed having Dr. Bieber Lake join us for the book club finale to talk to us about thriving as a teacher during this season. This episode is a recording of that book club session from November 10, 2020. We hope you too will enjoy listening to Dr. Bieber Lake’s wisdom and be spurred to pick up her book!

Jasmine Obeyesekere

 
You can listen on iTunesSpotify, or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.
 

Links mentioned in this interview

If you are interested in leading a discussion on this book, please see the book discussion notes prepared by our book club leader, Jasmine Obeyeskere Fernando.

Photo by JJ Sky’s the Limit from StockSnap.

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About the Author

Christina Bieber Lake is the Clyde S. Kilby professor of English at Wheaton College where she teaches classes in contemporary American literature and literary theory. Her most recent books include The Flourishing Teacher: Vocational Renewal for a Sacred Profession and Beyond the Story: American Literary Fiction and the Limits of Materialism. The Pre-school Retreat and Master Class she designed for teaching faculty can be found online. Christina also coaches, consults, and occasionally blogs at christinabieberlake.com.

Jasmine is from Colombo, Sri Lanka, where she worked for the IFES affiliated Fellowship of Christian University Students (FOCUS) as a national staff worker, briefly as Acting General Secretary and recently as a Board member. She also worked for the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. She has a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and a MA in International Relations from Syracuse University. Jasmine’s InterVarsity involvement includes leading the Graduate Christian Fellowship at Syracuse University and chapter planting as a volunteer staffworker at SUNY Albany for GFM. She presently volunteers as Staff Development Specialist to South Asian American Ministries. Jasmine has written for The Well and for Mutuality Magazine. She is married to Guy and is mom to Jayathri and Yannik. Jasmine is a WAP Associate focusing on special projects.

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