Signature Teaching and Advising Series
Modeled on our students’ Signature Learning Experiences program, the Signature Teaching & Advising program guarantees professional development opportunities at a time when you can take advantage of them—on Wednesdays from 11 am to 12:15 pm. Upon conclusion of the annual program, faculty members receive a letter documenting their participation, thus providing an artifact suitable for inclusion in a professional portfolio to highlight efforts to improve teaching and advising effectiveness. Upcoming event dates and times can be found on our Faculty Development website, and the Spring 2019 line-up is as follows:
Kevin Gannon Returns! Designing and Teaching for Inclusion. The Conversation Continues.
March 20 from 11:00 am—12:15 PM in Susquehanna Room
Kevin Gannon will extend the conversation initiated during his visit in January and will offer professional development support for ongoing work in the area of designing and teaching for inclusion. In particular, we will examine how diversity and inclusion efforts are really the province of all departments and units on campus; strategies for creating an inclusive classroom and campus climate; and - - most importantly - what our students are telling us about their learning experiences. Participants will come away from this session with an appreciation for how they might advance inclusion in their own particular areas, as well as some concrete strategies for doing so.
March 20 from 3:30 pm—5:30 PM in Hoover 110
Syllabus Tune-up: What makes a good syllabus? How do we make sure that we aren’t overwhelming students with a bunch of policy language and bureaucracy-speak? How do we get students to actually read the syllabus? This interactive workshop will give you a chance to look at the course syllabus from a student perspective, and to think about ways to revise and reframe your syllabi. We’ll discuss such issues as: the basics of effective syllabi; tone, transparency, and class climate; and dealing with rules, policies, and expectations. Attendees should bring a copy of a current course syllabus.
March 20th and March 21st
One-on-one sessions or small group working sessions with Kevin Gannon will be available on March 20th or March 21st. Email CETL with your availability if you are interested in reserving a time.
Biography: Dr. Kevin Gannon is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Professor of History at Grand View University. Dr. Gannon’s teaching, research, and public work centers on critical and inclusive pedagogy; race, history, and justice; and technology and teaching. He writes for Vitae (a section of The Chronicle of Higher Education), and has also appeared in Vox and the Washington Post. His forthcoming book, entitled Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, will be published by West Virginia University press as part of their Teaching and Learning in Higher Education series, edited by James M. Lang. Gannon is also writing a textbook for the US Civil War and Reconstruction eras for Routledge. In 2016, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, which was directed by Ava DuVernay.
Teaching with Technology Expo, Part 2.
April 10 from 11:00 am—12:15 PM in Hoover 110
Structured in the same way as Teaching with Technology Expo, Part 1., workshop participants will have the opportunity to engage with technology to accomplish specific tasks. Would you like to suggest a topic? E-mail email@example.com with ideas!