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David Ray Vance, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

English Department - Creative Writing Program

UT San Antonio

My goal as a teacher is not to remake students in my own image but rather to model for them, and encourage them to undertake, a process of critical engagement that distinguishes education from mere training. Such critical engagement requires they scrutinize even their most strongly held beliefs — be they about poetry or human nature or anything else that matters to them — that they might discover new and better ways of thinking, making and being.