Abstract

Professor John Mitchell had taken several typical sabbaticals—travel and research culminating in several articles and a book—and up until the last minute, his spring 2009 sabbatical promised nothing very different. And then with a single phone call, his sabbatical book project collapsed. There was nothing else about which he was passionate at that time, and it seemed stupid to arbitrarily choose a topic and then spend the next four years writing a book he didn't care about. In the midst of scrambling desperation, the idea of a sabbatical focused not on a scholarly project, but on his primary teaching focus (Evidence) emerged. The end product would be to totally rethink/reconceptualize the Evidence course he had taught for almost two decades. The article details the new direction proposed for Professor Mitchell’s sabbatical.

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