Joe teaches on Modern World Literature and is co-convener for the Devolutionary British fiction module and he has received impressive feedback from staff and students: “Joe has taught superbly on MWL”and “his lecture on Kafka was one of the module’s high points of the year”. He prides himself on being approachable and amiable, building rapport with students, and providing a secure and friendly environment in seminars to enable learning and participation.
He uses highly innovative teaching methods to engage, motivate and inspire all his students. For example in a particular research-led seminar, students were invited to form an interview panel and interview him as a prospective candidate. In other seminars, he recruited students via special ‘engagement tasks’ that cast them as agents, instigators and provocateurs to encourage peer-to-peer discussion.
One of his distinctive contributions has been to develop new ways of offering feedback on seminar performance and written work. After each seminar Joe blogs his reflections on the discussion and over the course of the module, he constructs an archive of the year’s work and uses this as a means of initiating further discussion as well as providing a valuable revision tool.
His is also a key contributor to the department’s outreach programme where he has enthused students from disadvantaged backgrounds by conducting a series of seminars aimed at engaging them in creative activities.
Joe is a fantastic tutor; he makes learning enjoyable and has given me confidence to speak in seminars and to share my ideas with the group.
More Joe Jacksons would be awesome
He is committed to excellent teaching and is also an active researcher who conveys his passion for world literature to all our undergraduates.
I have no doubt that those whom he has taught will remember his seminars, lectures and other pedagogic interventions as a central part of their time at Warwick.