Month: February 2019

National Study on Inclusive Teaching Survey

February 28, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Announcements /

Washington University in St. Louis faculty members are invited to participate in a national survey study aimed at providing insight into inclusive teaching efforts occurring at institutions of higher education. Faculty from all disciplines and institutions are welcome to complete the questionnaire. Outcomes will be used to inform future research and professional development addressing inclusive pedagogy. […]

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Tips for Using Classroom Assessment Techniques

February 28, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

At one point or another, many faculty members fall back on prompts such as, “Any questions?” or “Does this make sense?” to gauge students’ comprehension of a lesson. However, using Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) could be a more effective way of monitoring student learning, writes Pete Watkins, associate director of the Center for the Advancement of […]

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Incorporating Wellness Courses into Higher Ed Curriculum

February 27, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

One in four college students reports being diagnosed with or treated for a mental illness, according to a 2018 study in the journal Depression and Anxiety cited in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle article focuses on how some colleges are integrating wellness courses into their curriculum to address mental health issues […]

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Tips for Successful Teaching Demos

February 21, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

Teaching demos are a common yet sometimes harrowing part of tenure-track interviews. Still, there are steps that candidates can take beforehand to make sure they are adequately prepared for the task, writes Kevin Gannon, professor of history at Grand View University and director of its Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, in a recent story […]

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Prison Education Project Leaders Discuss Inclusive Teaching and Research

February 20, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight / Teaching at WashU

“It will only make us better teachers to look at issues in different ways, and that can happen if we engage with students with different life experiences from our own,” said Jennifer Hudson, Ph.D., political science faculty member and former Prison Education Project Manager and Academic Advisor for the Prison Education Project at Washington University […]

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Panel Discussion: Identifying and Helping Students in Distress

February 18, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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The Teaching Center and Habif Health and Wellness Center staff are co-hosting a panel discussion on how faculty can address student mental health. Jordan Worthington, MSW, Assistant Director, Mental Health Outreach and Programming at Habif Health and Wellness Center at Washington University in St. Louis, and Lindsey H. Herzog, MSW, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at […]

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Designing Courses to Elicit Student Participation

February 18, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Student participation is a challenging part of teaching, but framing courses based on certain pedagogical questions can help tackle this issue head-on. In a recent Faculty Focus article, Rebecca Zambrano, director of online faculty development at Edgewood College, details questions that teachers can ask themselves when designing content to boost students’ motivation and engagement in a […]

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Call for Applications for Gordon Research Conference and Undergraduate Biology Education Research Gordon Research Seminar

February 15, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Applications are now being accepted for the Undergraduate Biology Education Research Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) and Gordon Research Conference (GRC). The GRS is a 2-day conference (June 22-23, 2019) specifically for early-career scientists that directly precedes the GRC (June 23-28, 2019), both held at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. GRS participants are strongly encouraged to also […]

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Day of Discovery, Dialogue & Action 2019

February 15, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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As part of Washington University’s ongoing commitment to furthering campus efforts around diversity and inclusion, the university will again host the annual Day of Discovery, Dialogue & Action next week. The theme of this year’s event is “Dialogues Across Difference.” The event begins with a keynote address on Tuesday, February 19 from Irshad Manji. Discussions, engagement […]

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A Model for Project-Based, Interdisciplinary Learning

February 12, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Integrating Active Learning /

“To develop coursework that mirrors the world beyond campus, faculty members must climb out of their disciplinary silos and engage in open-ended exploration alongside their students,” writes reporter Beth McMurtrie in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The story looks at JMU X-Labs, a four-year-old program at James Madison University that combines […]

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