The Other Side of Campus

The Official Podcast of the Provost's Teaching Fellows at The University of Texas at Austin

About the show

"Who we are as people shapes who we are as teachers."
The Other Side of Campus brings you the voices and experiences of faculty from all across UT Austin who want to innovate, create, and grow as teachers. Sharing their stories, insights, and memorable moments in a lecture hall, these educators are here to engage everyone in the learning process, including themselves. Hosted by faculty from the Provost's Teaching Fellows at UT Austin, this program is meant to provide a fun and entertaining space to explore ways in which personal narratives shape campuses, classrooms, students, and teachers. As one of the biggest institutions in America, UT has a lot of room for improved cross-campus connections and for building teaching and learning bridges. We look forward to seeing you on The Other Side of Campus!

Executive Producer and Creator: Mary C. Neuburger

The Fellows are hard-working, forward-thinking, community-minded faculty committed to improving teaching practice and campus culture at UT Austin. The current cohort of 43 Fellows represents faculty of all rank, 13 Colleges and Schools, and a multiplicity of disciplines and unique perspectives. At present, 25 Teaching Fellows pursue individual initiatives, 18 Senior Fellows provide mentorship and guidance, and 11 Alumni Fellows remain active in the program. Collectively, Fellows spearhead events that benefit the entire campus, including the New Faculty Symposium, monthly Think Tanks where faculty discuss thorny issues in a safe and collaborative environment, and Eyes on Teaching. Visit our UT website for more information:

DISCLAIMER: The Other Side of Campus is a member of the Texas Podcast Network, brought to you by The University of Texas at Austin. Podcasts are produced by faculty members and staffers at UT Austin who work with University Communications to craft content that adheres to journalistic best practices. The University of Texas at Austin offers these podcasts at no charge. Podcasts appearing on the network and this webpage represent the views of the hosts, not of The University of Texas at Austin.


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    Episode 29: The Aesthetics of Health with Megan Hildebrandt

    July 3rd, 2022  |  Season 2  |  40 mins 1 sec
    advocacy, arts, health

    Katie and Dixie speak with Professor Megan Hildebrandt whose unique life journey, which conjoined her artistic development with serious unexpected health issues, led her to become an "arts in healthcare advocate." Her experiential learning class, the Aesthetics of Health, won a Texas Tower award in 2021 and is a proving ground for the beneficial effects of artmaking in healthcare spaces. Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!

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    Episode 28: Experiential Learning Abroad: Studying Ukraine and Youth Political Engagement

    April 4th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  47 mins 31 secs
    experiential learning, global classrooms, teaching, ukraine

    In this special episode, Katie talks with two prominent UT professors, Drs. Mary Neuburger and Oksana Lutsyshyna, and former students of theirs who together undertook a phenomenal investigative project in spring 2019 to examine and closely follow Ukrainian youth political engagement during the presidential election in which Volodymyr Zelensky ultimately won, beating incumbent Petro Poroshenko. The team discusses the fascinating process by which they began their research, connected with Ukrainian students via Skype (not Zoom!), and eventually traveled to Ukraine itself. The lasting relationships and connections they made during that memorable month abroad in early summer 2019 inform their thinking and processing of the War in Ukraine today. Thank you for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!

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    Episode 27: "There's Always a Crisis": Global Conflicts in the Classroom with Lorinc Redei and Michael Mosser

    March 24th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  52 mins 12 secs
    conflict, information, propaganda, teaching, ukraine, war

    On this episode, Stephanie and Katie talk with two excellent albeit very different teachers and European affairs experts, Lorinc Redei and Michael Mosser, on how they handle global conflicts, such as Putin's war in Ukraine, in the classroom. Thanks for joining us on the Other Side of Campus.

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    Episode 26: Teaching Research Through Story: Immigration, Deportation, and Migrant Health with Miguel Pinedo

    February 7th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  39 mins 47 secs
    borders, health disparities, immigration, research, teaching

    On this episode, Dixie and Stephanie talk with Dr. Miguel Pinedo from the College of Education. He focuses on studying the health implications of immigration policies on migrants residing on both sides of the US-Mexico border. Although a research-trained professor, in the classroom, Dr. Pinedo expounds on how he has developed practices to humanize his research to help students viscerally connect the data and findings to real life experiences. Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!

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    Episode 25: "Sipping Coffee with Intention": Mindfulness Training in the Classroom with James Butler

    January 7th, 2022  |  Season 2  |  35 mins 53 secs
    health, mindfulness, stress management, wellness

    Jen and Stephanie get a chance to talk with a new and very welcome addition to the UT Austin campus, James Butler, who brings nearly two decades of expertise in mindfulness and stress management to the Forty Acres. Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!

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    Episode 24: Checking In and Acting Out: The Graduate Student Perspective with Kaitlyn Farrell Rodriguez

    December 3rd, 2021  |  Season 2  |  25 mins 54 secs
    graduate students, self-care, wellness

    Dixie and Stephanie get a chance to talk with PhD candidate and graduate student mentor Kaitlyn Farrell Rodriguez about her current work in student mentorship and wellness and the ways in which she uses her previous experience as a dramaturg in her classroom and research. Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!

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    Episode 23: The Power of Travel: International Work and Global Exchange with James Patton

    November 19th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  36 mins 21 secs
    diversity, inclusion, international education, special ed

    In honor of International Education Week, we invited James Patton to talk with us about his life, his prolific work with special education programs around the world, and his undergraduate classes in which he carries out State Department-sponsored global exchange. Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!

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    Episode 22: Humanity in Higher Ed: Supporting Students, Modeling Care, and Forging Connection with Molly Hatcher

    November 2nd, 2021  |  Season 2  |  36 mins 40 secs
    connection, graduate students, mental health, self-care, wellness

    Dr. Molly Hatcher, the director of the Faculty Innovation Center at UT Austin, joins Stephanie and Dixie to talk about the book she recently co-edited entitled Preparing for College and University Teaching: Competencies for Graduate and Professional Students. This was a great follow-up to our previous conversation with Dr. Thea Woodruff on effective teaching and student wellness. Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!

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    Episode 21: "FUN is not a bad word!": Motivation, Effective Teaching, and Student Wellness with Thea Woodruff

    October 15th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  36 mins 26 secs
    faculty, higher ed, mental health, student wellness

    On this episode of The Other Side of Campus, Jen and Stephanie invite Thea Woodruff, Director of Well-being in Learning Environments at the Counseling and Mental Health Center to talk about her initiative to help improve interactions between faculty and students in order to create a more effective teaching and learning environment (in person or online). We hope you enjoy this FUN and uplifting conversation!

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    Episode 20: Inside the Role: Listening, Consensus Building, and Problem Solving with Texas Provost Sharon Wood

    September 28th, 2021  |  Season 2  |  37 mins 20 secs
    administration, experiential learning, soft skills, teaching

    Season 2 kicks off with Dr. Sharon L. Wood! As the new provost of The University of Texas at Austin, she brings a wealth of experience as a structural engineer, teacher, and administrator to the position. We are so excited to get to speak with her, glean from her insights, and empathize with the extreme complexity of her job as provost, especially at this unprecedented time in higher education history. We hope you enjoy this conversation. Thank you for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!

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    Episode 19: Digging Deep: Collaboration, Interdisciplinarity, and Hands-on Learning with Adam Rabinowitz

    May 7th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  57 mins 35 secs
    experiential learning, storytelling, teaching, teamwork

    On this final episode of our first season, Dixie and Katie speak with archaeologist Dr. Adam Rabinowitz. Adam brings his expertise in experiential learning to the show and entertains us with his powerful story from the time he was on his first archaeological expedition (as a teenager) with his aunt in Italy. Take a listen, and thanks so much for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!

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    Episode 18: Eat, Drink, Think: From the Dinner Table to the Classroom with Hi'ilei Hobart

    April 23rd, 2021  |  Season 1  |  30 mins 18 secs
    anthropology, culture, experiential learning, food, history

    On this episode, Jen and Stephanie speak with UT anthropologist Hi'ilei Hobart who brings her unique research on food sovereignty and indigenous peoples to the proverbial table of this podcast, discussing the ways in which her personal experiences have shaped her writing and her classroom. We enjoyed this conversation, and we hope you do too! Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!

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    Episode 17: Teaching Growth Mindset through the Art Gallery Experience with Siobhán McCusker

    April 9th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  40 mins 8 secs

    From the Blanton Museum of Art, Siobhán McCusker, an artist and innovative educator, joins Jen, Stephanie, and Dixie to talk about the creative ways in which she uses the art gallery experience as a microcosm for teaching growth mindset to classrooms (and faculty) of all disciplines. We really enjoyed this wonderful and uplifting conversation and we hope you do as well. Thank you!

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    Episode 16: "It's Definitely Been a Journey": Nursing a Learning Mindset with Danica Sumpter

    March 26th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  47 mins 30 secs
    health, inequality, nursing, racism, teaching

    Dr. Danica Sumpter from UT's School of Nursing joins Dixie and Stephanie to talk about her incredible personal journey to nursing and teaching nursing as well as her high-impact work in so many areas of society, including the Black Mamas Community Collective. Her inspiring story and mindful practices in an online classroom environment are so helpful for all teachers across disciplines and settings. Thanks for listening, and we hope you enjoy!

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    Episode 15: "It's All About Communication" with Mike Mackert

    March 12th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  39 mins 11 secs
    communication, covid, health, online learning

    On this fun episode, Mike Mackert, the illustrious director of UT's Center for Health Communication, regales Dixie and Jen with his (very) non-linear personal journey to his current high-impact platform of evidence-based health communication strategies and and the amazing work of his team that truly spans the vast campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Thanks for listening!

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    Episode 14: "We Are Faculty": Campus Climate, Community, and Career Cultivation with Tasha Beretvas

    February 26th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  40 mins 1 sec
    campus community, career, growth, teaching

    On this episode, Dixie and Jen speak with Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at UT Tasha Beretvas. Dr. Beretvas has had an illustrious, winding career which has taken her from programming at IBM to being an all-star teacher at The University of Texas at Austin. This was a fun and open discussion about the various types of faculty on campus and the challenges Tasha faces as both a professor and administrator. Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!