Month: January 2019

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Tips for Creating Inclusive Lab Environments

January 31, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Inclusive Teaching & Learning /

“Diversity without inclusion is an empty gesture,” writes David Asai, senior director for science education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, in a recent Nature article. In the op-ed, Asai writes about his own experience as a faculty member learning how to create more inclusive lab environments. Earlier in his career, Asai reluctantly attended a required […]

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English Literature Professor Highlights Technology in the Humanities

January 29, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight / Teaching at WashU

“I want students to go away from my classes with a more capacious understanding of what it might mean to be a lower-case ‘c’ critic of literature,” said Melanie Micir, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Washington University in St. Louis. Micir teachers undergraduate and graduate courses at the university on modern and […]

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How to Leverage the Rhythms of the Semester

January 24, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Research on Teaching and Learning

Attitudes and emotions change throughout the semester, according to research from Mann and colleagues and Duffy & Jones. A recent article in Faculty Focus examines those “rhythms” and provides tips on how faculty can leverage changes to improve their teaching. For example, many faculty and students approach the beginning of the semester with positive attitudes […]

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15th Annual Postdoc Symposium to Host Wash U Provost Holden Thorpe

January 24, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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The Postdoc Symposium is an annual opportunity to recognize and showcase the important contributions of postdocs to the university’s research and teaching mission. This event is sponsored by the WashU Postdoc Society, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. This year’s keynote speaker is Holden Thorpe, Ph.D., Provost and […]

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Integrating Active Learning into Lectures

January 22, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Integrating Active Learning /

Lecture has become a fraught topic in teaching recently, with some higher education professionals and research suggesting that active learning is a better approach than lecturing. However, lecture can work well in certain cases, especially when a mix of teaching practices are utilized in the classroom, David Gooblar, a lecturer in the rhetoric department at […]

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Crafting Email ‘Nudges’ to Boost Student Success

January 16, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Evidence-Based Strategies / Improving Teaching and Learning /

Classroom-based “nudges,” or interventions that encourage but do not mandate certain behavior, can often help boost students’ performance in a course, according to feedback from teachers and recent studies. For example, Zoë Cohen, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, saw that a large number of students failed the first exam in her “Physiology of […]

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Taking a ‘SMART’ Approach to Student Learning

January 14, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Many students believe that working harder and longer results in better outcomes, but sometimes working more efficiently is key to their success. Teachers can present a “SMART” approach to students to help them study more effectively, writes Conred Maddox, assistant professor of language arts at Honolulu Community College, in a recent Faculty Focus article. “SMART” practice stands […]

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Outstanding Faculty and Staff Awards Nominations from the Graduate Student Senate

January 9, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Preparing for the First Day of Class (and Beyond)

January 8, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Whether you’re a first-time teacher or seasoned professional, the first day of class brings its own set of challenges. A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education provides tips on preparing for the first day of class and how to use the first class session as a benchmark for success throughout the semester. The […]

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Teaching Students How to Write Effectively

January 3, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Teaching with Writing

Professors often complain about students’ writing but schools could do a better job of teaching students how to write, said John Warner in his new book, Why They Can’t Write: Killing the Five-Paragraph Essay and Other Necessities. Warner, who is also a blogger for Inside Higher Ed, gave an interview recently on the website where he outlines […]

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