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Another Great Video – Why You Should NEVER Lecture from the Book’s Slides

October 22, 2013

My first semester teaching as a PhD’d professor was tough – I was constantly struggling to stay on top of my research responsibilities and my family responsibilities.  Add in teaching 2 new preps – something had to give!  Well, I thought I found a solution – the textbook I was using for Intro to IR had already-made Powerpoint presentations!  All I needed to do was change the name and date on the slides and – Voilà! – teaching duties done! Unfortunately, every time I tried that, I ended up looking exactly like this guy:


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Amanda Murdie is Professor & Dean Rusk Scholar of International Relations in the Department of International Affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. She is the author of Help or Harm: The Human Security Effects of International NGOs (Stanford, 2014). Her main research interests include non-state actors, and human rights and human security.

When not blogging, Amanda enjoys hanging out with her two pre-teen daughters (as long as she can keep them away from their cell phones) and her fabulous significant other.