Pedagogy and Professional Development Programs for Faculty

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


      Spring 2018

      Profiles in Innovative Teaching

      Tuesday, February 20, 12:00 - 1:20 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
      RSVP to reserve a seat. Lunch is provided. Contact the McGraw Center about any dietary concerns.

      Elena Fratto and Tala Khanmalek will describe their innovative course, Humanities 302: Medical Story-Worlds, which examined illness, health, and the body through the lens of storytelling. These stories included historical accounts of the spectacle of the American circus freak show, Audre Lorde’s collection of essays The Cancer Journals, and the graphic novel Epileptic by David Beauchard. Highly interactive, the seminar took the form of a “floating classroom,” taking students to spaces across campus for individual classes and guest lectures given by faculty members in various disciplines. 

      Speakers:
      Elena Fratto, Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
      Tala Khanmalek, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Lecturer in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

      Just Teaching: Why Inclusive Classrooms and Campuses Matter

      Monday, February 26, 4:30 p.m. in McCormick 101

      An Inclusive Teaching at Princeton event. In this talk, Professor Tricia Rose will reflect on her own teaching and explore the importance of creating a just and inclusive campus in society. All members of the University community are welcome to attend.

      Speaker: Tricia Rose, Chancellor's Professor of Africana Studies, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives, and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University

      Sponsored by The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, Programs in Access and Inclusion, and the Office of the Dean of the College.

      Teaching Data Visualization

      Tuesday, March 6, 12:00 - 1:20 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
      RSVP to reserve a seat. Lunch is provided. Contact the McGraw Center about any dietary concerns.

      How and why do we teach students to graphically represent data or information? What becomes visible to students – what insights are deepened, what relationships are noticed, what patterns are discerned – when they do? 

      Panelists:
      Miguel A. Centeno
      , Musgrave Professor of Sociology. Professor of Sociology and International Affairs.
      Jeffrey D. Himpele, Director, Ethnographic Data Visualization Lab, Anthropology. Lecturer in Anthropology.
      Elizabeth M. Roberto, Lecturer in Sociology.
      Frederik J. Simons, Professor of Geosciences.

      Teaching Graduate Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences

      Wednesday, March 14, 12:00 - 1:20 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
      RSVP to reserve a seat. Lunch is provided. Contact the McGraw Center about any dietary concerns.

      What is the pedagogy of the graduate classroom? In what way is our teaching of graduate students different from our teaching of undergraduates? How do we construct syllabi for graduate-level courses? What should newly appointed faculty know about the teaching and mentoring of graduate students?

      Speakers:
      Christopher H. Achen
      , Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences, Professor of Politics.
      Katja Guenther, Associate Professor of History.
      Sarah Rivett, Associate Professor of English and American Studies.

      Profiles in Innovative Teaching, with Corina Tarnita

      Monday, April 2, 12:00 - 1:20 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
      RSVP to reserve a seat. Lunch is provided. Contact the McGraw Center about any dietary concerns.

      Corina Tarnita’s innovative freshman seminar, The Equations of Life, focused on the role of models in scientific discovery. Organized around a central question - how can mathematical modeling help illuminate biological processes? - this seminar emphasized student inquiry. Professor Tarnita will describe her development of this seminar, in which students learned to build and analyze models using mathematical tools in order to study evolution and behavior, ecology, and virus dynamics.

      Speaker:
      Corina E. Tarnita
      , Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

      Master Class on Teaching with Howard Stone

      Tuesday, April 17, 4:30 - 5:45 p.m., location TBA

      Join us for the second event in this new series, which will feature distinguished teachers from across the disciplines.

      Speaker:
      Howard Stone
      , Donald R. Dixon '69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Chair, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

      Moderator:
      Emily Carter
      , Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science. Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment. Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics.


      Previously held Spring 2018 programs

      Master Class on Teaching with Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor of African American Studies

      Join us for the inaugural event in this series, which will feature distinguished teachers from across the disciplines. Speaker: Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor of African American Studies. Arthur H. Scribner Bicentennial Preceptor. Moderator:
      Jill Dolan, Dean of the College. Annan Professor in English. Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts.

      Teaching Graduate Students in Engineering and the Natural Sciences

      What is the pedagogy of the graduate classroom? In what way is our teaching of graduate students different from our teaching of undergraduates? How do we mentor graduate students in the lab?  What should newly appointed faculty know about the teaching and mentoring of graduate students?

      Speakers:  Sigrid M. Adriaenssens, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Kenneth A. Norman, Professor of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Chair, Department of Psychology, and Rodney D. Priestley, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
      Moderator:
      Sarah-Jane Leslie, Dean of the Graduate School, Class of 1943 Professor of Philosophy