Many things are possible in a residential college in Singapore. Working with students and colleagues to figure out what this space can be is one of the most interesting aspects of my job.
Beyond my classroom teaching and director's portfolio, I have been involved in aspects of college life that link to my personal interests, such as classical music performance, gender/sexuality discourse and advocacy, and personal development/coaching. I also champion and support the Tembusu Wildlife Association.
In January 2016, an interview with me, conducted by Nisha Verma, was published in the journal Treehouse, as part of a series of perspectives on five years of Tembusu College. In it, I talk about student agency, about the college's imperfections being part of its educational value, and about combatting 'judgmentalism'.
Many of the ideas that have shaped our paradigm at Tembusu College are shared with other institutions and individuals. We consider ourselves part of a growing movement to make higher education more student-centered, more collaborative, more holistic, and more intrinsically motivated. This movement finds expression in the Big Beacon and its allied Education Innovators Working Group, and The Collegiate Way.
Tembusu as a community has also made me shine in unexpected ways, for example during the Shunji Matsuo show 2015...