Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: How My Students Trained Me to Teach Them
Keywords:imposter syndrome, higher education, teaching, vulnerability, shared vulnerability, Teaching, practice
Starting a new job can be very stressful, and often brings out feelings of insecurity. These insecurities can come in the form of feeling like an imposter, especially in situations, like teaching, when we might feel like a great amount of expertise is required. Much can be learned from listening to our students. In this reflection, student feedback fell into seven themes: 1) teaching methods and style, 2) clear communication, 3) instructor “personality,” 4) real world application, 5) relationship, 6) organization and structure, and 7) accessibility and responsiveness. This article concludes by encouraging openness to feedback and vulnerability in order to move beyond our insecurities and feeling like an imposter.
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NARRATIVES OF PROFESSIONAL HELPING
Cleveland State University
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