One Professor’s Guidelines for an Interrupted Semester
Brandon L. Bayne was trying to plot out a plan for a disrupted semester when he took a big step back. Like many faculty members around the country, Bayne, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recently learned that he would soon be teaching his face-to-face courses remotely, as colleges shut down in-person instruction due to the coronavirus pandemic.
For Bayne’s students, the crisis is just the latest and most dramatic disruption of their college experience. Over the last couple of years, he says, they have faced two hurricanes, two water-main breaks, and a lot of upheaval over the controversy surrounding the university’s well-known Confederate monument, Silent Sam, which was toppled by protesters in 2018.
Bayne was planning to revise the assignments for “Religion in America,” a course with 120 students, predominantly juniors and seniors. But he realized that he first wanted to write out some guiding principles.
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