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Fall 2011 Teaching IDEAS Series

*All workshops offered 12:00-1:30pm (unless noted) in Perkins Library 217 with a free boxed lunch for those with a confirmed pre-registration.

Sept. 12, 2011
Navigating the Teaching Assistant Role: From Protégé to Professional Development

Speakers: Graduate Student Panel: (Vanessa Doriott, French; Tiffany Kolba, Mathematics; Mac Mason, Computer Science,  Shana Starobin, Environment, Kalina Staub, Econ)

Experienced TAs will share tips and practical strategies to help you make the most from any TA opportunity, including how to improve communication with the professor and students, as well as how to document your own professional development in teaching.

Sept. 26, 2011
Teaching Controversial Issues in the Classroom

12:00-2:00 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Ed Neal, Editor, Journal of Faculty Development and Director of Faculty Development (1976-2008), UNC Center for Teaching & Learning

Controversy, conflict, and disagreement are integral elements of college teaching.  Instructors can use controversy deliberately, through a system of “intentional engagement,” to promote critical thinking in students. In this workshop, participants will consider ways to anticipate controversy and use it productively, through a repertoire of approaches that avoid antagonism and promote engagement.

Oct. 3, 2011
Teaching “Service-Learning” Courses at Duke

Speakers: Kristin Wright, Program Coordinator, Service-Learning Program, Duke; Becki Bach, Associate Professor of Sociology; Ryan Nilson, Service-Learning graduate assistant; Bonnie McManus, Director of Latino Initiatives

The Program in Education at Duke hosts the Service-Learning initiative.  Service-learning has been identified by the American Association of Colleges and Universities as one of several “high-impact educational practices” that educational research suggests increase rates of student retention and student engagement. In service-learning, field-based “experiential learning” with community partners is an instructional strategy designed to give students direct experience with issues they are studying, and with ongoing efforts to analyze and solve problems in the community. Duke offers over 50 service-learning courses in a wide variety of disciplines and formats. In this interactive session, a panel of faculty, staff, and a graduate assistant will share their perspectives on the benefits and challenges of implementing this type of community-based pedagogy for one’s teaching, research, and service.

Oct. 24, 2011
Teaching Undergraduates at Duke:  Diverse students, Distinctive Themes, and Strategic Goals”

Speaker: Dr. Lee Willard, Senior Associate Dean and Associate Vice Provost, Office of Undergraduate Education, Duke

Dr. Willard will share statistical data about Duke undergraduates, describe key ‘enduring themes’ in Duke’s strategic plan, and provide an overview of the integration of curricular and non-curricular goals for undergraduate student success. She has been involved with Project Kaleidoscope, the Association of American Colleges & Universities, and other national initiatives on undergraduate education.

Nov. 7, 2011
Using & Sharing “Learning Resources” (MERLOT, NSF Digital Library, etc.)

Speaker: Dr. Ray Purdom, Director, University Teaching and Learning Center, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

In this workshop, Dr. Purdom will share how faculty and instructors can tap into ‘learning resources’ such as MERLOT and the NSF Digital Library to enhance teaching and foster student learning.  Dr. Purdom has served as the coordinator of the Lilly South Conference on College & University Teaching for many years which will be held on Feb. 10-12, 2012.