UMass Boston Minute: Kristin Murphy Helps Students Become Great Teachers

Anna Pinkert | December 20, 2013
Kristin Murphy

Kristin Murphy

Narrator: This is a UMass Boston Minute.

Murphy: I was excited to learn about UMass Boston Being a research university with a teaching soul.

Narrator: Kristin Murphy, new faculty member in special education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UMass Boston.

Murphy: I love teaching, it’s what I really care about. It meant a lot to me that I could be out in the city, out in urban schools every day doing research – but also working in the graduate school classroom with the teachers that are working every day. The curriculum and instruction dept is growing, and we have seven new faculty that are in the dept this semester. And so, as a result, I think there has been great camaraderie among the new faculty and a lot of support and mentorships from those ahead of us. The students are unbelievable. I get to go out and observe and evaluate their teaching during the day, and then they’re coming here at night and giving it their all. I love the conversations I have with them, I love the enthusiasm that they have, and it makes me feel really good to be here.

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Tags: cehd , curriculum and instruction , education , faculty , kristin murphy , students , teaching

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Posted by Paul Murphy | March 14, 2014 - 8:32 a.m.

I enjoyed listening to and reading how much you love teaching. UMass Boston sounds like a wonderful environment in which to teach, to study, and to share your experiences with students and teachers. Keep up the good work!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!