Teaching is the biggest question to me. How can I pass on what is in my mind to the minds of the future? Dostoevsky mentioned this dilemma in his work called the Idiot.

“There is something at the bottom of every new human thought, every thought of genius, or even every earnest thought that springs up in any brain, which can never be communicated to others, even if one were to write volumes about it and were explaining one's idea for thirty-five years; there's something left which cannot be induced to emerge from your brain, and remains with you forever; and with it you will die, without communicating to anyone perhaps the most important of your ideas.”

 

Course Repository

I have been working on creating a Raciolinguistic class in the intersection of linguistics, psychology, gender studies, race studies, and anthropology. You can access the syllabus below. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to make suggestions or give me feedback on this.

 
DSC_0355.jpg

My question remains the same, but I have had the chance to meet amazing students who taught me a different piece of my question.

Over the course of my teaching at the University of Florida, I was awarded with two awards. In Spring 2020, I received the Graduate Assistant Teaching Award after a second time nomination. In Fall 2019, I was awarded with the Anderson Scholars Faculty Honoree award which is nominated by Anderson Scholars at the University of Florida. 

The best outcome of my teaching practice was always to get to see my students' feedback. Below are quotes from my teaching evaluations for the Introduction to Linguistics course that I have been teaching since Summer 2017.

 

"Professor Kutlu is marvelous at inspiring students to research more into the subject and always ensures that everyone is on the same page and understands the class material. He is easy-going and easy to talk to but maintains a professional attitude toward the subject and is considerate of every student."

 

"Ethan Kutlu is the funniest professor i have ever met!! He made coming to class the most enjoyable thing ever. Attention was never lost because he was always cracking jokes that were relevant to the material we were learning. He always relayed the course material to real world scenarios to make it easier for us to understand. He is the nicest person ever and truly cares about his students. He was always there for all students and was more than willing to go out of his way to ensure all students thoroughly understood the material. He bent over backwards for his students and made each and every one of us feel important, valued, and intelligent."

 

"This instructor was my favorite instructor this semester. It truly felt like he cared about our learning and wanted us to succeed in the class."

 

"Relatable, caring, very interested in the subject. Able to use his personal language acquisition experience to explain the material. Participation is fun!"