Reflections on Teaching, Spring Honors Lecture with Dr. Mark Christensen

Dr. Mark Christenson

Dr. Mark Christenson

On April 21, Bemidji State University’s Dr. Mark Christensen, professor of English, will continue the Spring 2022 Honors Council Lecture Series with a reading from his most recent book at 4 p.m. A book signing and retirement celebration will follow.

In November 2021 Christensen published the fourth book of his career, “Reflections on Teaching, A Passion for Learning,” which outlines 47 years in the classroom, 22 of which have been spent at Bemidji State. The honors lecture will feature Christensen reading select passages of the new book which features 23 reflections, two essays, occasional poems and additional information for educators.

“It isn’t even a book about how to teach, as that is far too large an aspiration for me to attempt,” Christensen said in an interview. “It is meant to be a book to be opened to any random page in hopes that the reflection you fall upon is one you can build upon as you develop your own presence in your own life.”

About Christensen

Christensen holds bachelor and master’s degrees in English, a Master of Education in Professional Development and doctorate in English education. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and a bachelor’s degree in music.

Christensen publications including a poetry collection that was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, a textbook for the writing of essays and a memoir in prose poems. In addition, he has published poems in venues around the country, as well as scholarly articles and popular press essays and commentaries. He maintains an active teaching and research agenda, centering on issues of composition theory, pedagogy and creative writing.

About the Honors Council Lecture Series

The Honors Council Lecture Series is hosted by the Bemidji State University Honors Council, the advisory group to BSU’s honors program. It is composed of 12 faculty members representing each of the university’s colleges. Student representatives are also elected to the council by their cohorts for one-year terms. The series provides BSU faculty with a forum to share their expertise and the results of their research with the Bemidji community. All Honors Council lectures are open free to the public.

Calendar Information

April 21– A.C. Clark Library, 4 p.m.