Teaching Initiatives and Programs for Faculty

Spring 2019

Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is the Key 

Tuesday, March 26, 4:30 p.m. in Lewis Library, Room 120
No RSVP required. 

An Inclusive Teaching at Princeton event: Students in the 21st century come to college with widely varying academic skills, approaches to learning, and motivation levels. Faculty often lament that students are focused on achieving high grades, but are not willing to invest much time or effort in learning. This session will focus on the importance of helping students acquire simple, but effective, learning strategies based on cognitive science principles.

Presenter: 
Saundra McGuire, Ph.D. Director Emerita, Center for Academic Success, retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry, Louisiana State University.

Teaching in Turbulent Times: Gender in the Classroom

Wednesday, March 27, 12:00 - 1:20 p.m. in 329 Frist Campus Center
RSVP to reserve a seat.   Lunch will be served. 

How do we take gender issues into account when we design assignments, manage classroom dynamics, or hold office hours? In what ways are students' gender identities part of our classrooms? What messages are we sending to our students through the decisions we make? Wendy Laura Belcher, Associate Professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and African American Studies, will facilitate an open-ended and confidential conversation on these and other questions. She will be joined by Kate Stanton, senior associate director of Teaching Initiatives and Programs for Faculty at the McGraw Center. This conversation will inform the McGraw Center's ongoing development of a resource for teaching inclusively and equitably.

Facilitator:
Wendy Laura Belcher, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and African American Studies.

Join her for these upcoming conversations in April:
Teaching in Turbulent Times: Class in the Classroom on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 12:00 - 1:20 p.m. 
Teaching in Turbulent Times: Race and Ethnicity in the Classroom on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 12:00 - 1:20 p.m.

Teaching on Poverty and Inequality

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 12:00 - 1:20 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
RSVP to reserve a spot. 
Lunch will be served.

What narratives about poverty, inequality, and consumption do students bring to our courses? How do we deepen, complicate, or nuance those narratives? How do we address questions of virtue or deservedness in our classrooms? Join us for a moderated conversation among faculty on these questions.

Speakers:
Martha B. Coven, Visiting Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School. John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor.
Elisabeth H. Donahue, Associate Dean, Public Affairs & Communications, Woodrow Wilson School. Lecturer in Public and International Affairs and Freshman Seminars.
Kathryn J. Edin, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School.
Elisabeth H. Donahue, Associate Dean, Public Affairs & Communications, Woodrow Wilson School.
Bernadette J. Pérez, Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities, History, and American Studies. Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in Race and Ethnicity Studies.

Profiles in Innovative Teaching: Alexander Davis

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 12:00 - 1:20 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
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Lunch will be served.

We live in an increasingly quantified world, one in which natural scientists rely on high-performance computing to analyze the human genome, social scientists use "big data" to investigate patterns in human behavior, and even humanists mine databases as a complement to traditional modes of inquiry. How can we best prepare undergraduate students to work with those quantitative methods and materials in the context of academic writing?

Join us to learn about the pedagogic resources that sociologist Dr. Alexander Davis is developing for teaching quantitative reasoning in the Princeton writing seminars.

Facilitator:
Alexander Davis, Lecturer in Princeton Writing Program.

Teaching in Turbulent Times: Class in the Classroom

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 12:00 - 1:20 p.m. in 329 Frist Campus Center
RSVP to reserve a seat. 
Lunch will be served.

How do we take issues of class and access to cultural capital into account when we design and teach our courses? In what ways are students’ class identities part of our classrooms? What messages are we sending to our students through the decisions we make? Wendy Laura Belcher, Associate Professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and African American Studies, will facilitate an open-ended and confidential conversation on these and other questions. She will be joined by Kate Stanton, senior associate director of Teaching Initiatives and Programs for Faculty at the McGraw Center. This conversation will inform the McGraw Center’s ongoing development of a resource for teaching inclusively and equitably.

Facilitator:
Wendy Laura Belcher, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and African American Studies.

Pronouns in the Classroom

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
RSVP
to reserve a seat. Lunch will be served.

The McGraw Center and the LGBT Center Present: A Discussion on Pronouns in the Classroom

Judy Jarvis, Director of the LGBT Center, will moderate a conversation about how to approach asking for students' pronouns in classroom or advisory settings. She will be joined by two transgender students - who will share their experiences with professors' uses and misuses of their pronouns - and Reg Kunzel, Doris Stevens Chair and Professor of History and Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. They will consider some of the difficult questions related to this topic: How do you respect students who do not want to share their pronouns in class? How can professors be true to their own commitments and pedagogies while still making sure trans and gender-variant students feel seen and respected? Join us for this important conversation.

Teaching in Turbulent Times: Race and Ethnicity in the Classroom

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 12:00 - 1:20 p.m. in 329 Frist Campus Center
RSVP to reserve a seat. 
Lunch will be served.

How do we take issues of race and ethnicity into account when we design and teach our courses? In what ways are students’ racial and ethnic identities part of our classroom? What messages are we sending to our students through the decisions we make? Wendy Laura Belcher, Associate Professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and African American Studies, will facilitate an open-ended and confidential conversation on these and other questions. She will be joined by

Kate Stanton, senior associate director of Teaching Initiatives and Programs for Faculty at the McGraw Center. This conversation will inform the McGraw Center’s ongoing development of a resource for teaching inclusively and equitably.

Facilitator:
Wendy Laura Belcher, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and African American Studies.
 


Previously held Spring 2019 programs

How do I Know They Know? Building Better Exams

Assessing student learning is a fundamental component of teaching. Although assessment strategies can take many forms, the most common (and perhaps most studied) form in the higher education classroom is the test or exam. This interactive session will focus on making the most of traditional exams, with an emphasis on designing a valid and reliable assessment. 
Facilitator: Kelly Godfrey, Assistant Director, Educational and Program Assessment, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.

Profiles in Innovative Teaching: Katie Chenoweth

In this series, faculty tell the story of a pedagogical innovation or change they have made at Princeton. Katie Chenoweth, Assistant Professor of French and Italian, will reflect on designing and teaching a hands-on course on the philosopher Jacques Derrida, “Derrida’s Library: Deconstruction and the Book,” making use of Derrida’s working library and archival materials, now housed at Princeton.
Facilitator: Katie Chenoweth, Assistant Professor of French and Italian.


 

Many of the workshops below are available to departments or groups by request.  Write to us at mcgraw@princeton.edu.