Pedagogy and Professional Development Workshops for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Fall 2017

Making the Most of the Teaching Transcript

The Teaching Transcript Program guides you in enhancing your teaching skills and provides documentation of your formal pedagogical training for the academic job search. In this lunchtime meeting, participants plan strategies for effectively reflecting on their teaching throughout the semester. We discuss components of our program such as the class observation as well as how to draw on that and our workshops to prepare an effective statement of teaching philosophy and syllabus, which are the written work for the Transcript. Lunch will be provided. Contact the McGraw Center with any dietary concerns.

Thursday, September 14, from 12:00 to 1:20 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
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Preparing to Write a Meaningful Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Teaching statements have become important in academic job searches as more and more colleges and universities are requesting them from applicants for faculty positions. This workshop will introduce participants to the concept of the teaching statement and present recent research on how search committees interpret them. We will also discuss how writing a statement can serve as a valuable means of enhancing one’s own teaching strategies. This workshop will provide a context for participants to start writing their own statements by drafting key elements of them that draw on their teaching experiences and their goals for their students.

Wednesday, September 27, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
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Troubleshooting Your Precept – Leading Discussions, Solving Problems

Tired of doing homework problems on the board? Can't get your students to talk on topic? Come share your experiences with fellow preceptors and a panel of experienced Graduate Teaching Fellows from the McGraw Center. We will discuss strategies that you can use in your classroom to address your specific concerns. This conversation is directed at both new graduate Assistants in Instruction and experienced AI's who want to invigorate their classrooms with new teaching strategies. Lunch will be provided. Contact the McGraw Center with any dietary concerns.

Thursday, September 28, from 12:00 to 1:20 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
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The Scholar as Teacher

In this series, faculty members distinguished for their teaching offer reflections on their practice as teachers.  Lunch will be provided. Contact the McGraw Center with any dietary concerns.

Bringing Our Bodies into the Classroom - Aynsley Vandenbroucke, Lewis Center for the Arts

Wednesday, October 4, from 12:00 to 1:20 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
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Mercer County Community College/Princeton Teaching Partnership Information Session

Join us for an information session with Princeton graduate students currently participating in this program, as well as faculty and staff from Mercer County Community College to learn more about the Community College Teaching Partnership program and the application process. Co-sponsored with the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School.

This session does not count for the Teaching Transcript program.

Wednesday, October 4, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
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Prison Teaching Initiative Information Session

The Prison Teaching Initiative at Princeton University is hosting two volunteer information sessions for prospective instructors, and we hope you'll join us for one! We'll have a pleasant and informal chat about how prison teaching works and answer all your questions. You'll also have the opportunity to complete background check paperwork for the NJ Department of Corrections and/or Fort Dix if you decide one or both of those opportunities is right for you. Lunch will be provided. Contact the McGraw Center with any dietary concerns.

This session does not count for the Teaching Transcript program.

Thursday, October 12, from 12:00 to 1:20 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
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Prison Teaching Initiative Information Session

The Prison Teaching Initiative at Princeton University is hosting two volunteer information sessions for prospective instructors, and we hope you'll join us for one! We'll have a pleasant and informal chat about how prison teaching works and answer all your questions. You'll also have the opportunity to complete background check paperwork for the NJ Department of Corrections and/or Fort Dix if you decide one or both of those opportunities is right for you.

This session does not count for the Teaching Transcript program.

Wednesday, October 18, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
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Preparing to Write a Meaningful Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Teaching statements have become important in academic job searches as more and more colleges and universities are requesting them from applicants for faculty positions. This workshop will introduce participants to the concept of the teaching statement and present recent research on how search committees interpret them. We will also discuss how writing a statement can serve as a valuable means of enhancing one’s own teaching strategies. This workshop will provide a context for participants to start writing their own statements by drafting key elements of them that draw on their teaching experiences and their goals for their students.

Thursday, October 19, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
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Designing a Course

Are you preparing a new syllabus for a new teaching position or job search? This workshop examines course design and syllabus preparation from the perspective of student learning, using a variety of models from across the disciplines. Workshop activities guide you in defining your goals for your students and then using them to shape all aspects of a well-integrated course, from your class format to student assignments, exams, and the syllabus.

Wednesday, November 1, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
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Efficient and Effective Lesson Planning

Leading a precept is hard, and for those who want to do it well, preparation can take a lot of time. What do the experts say about how to be the teacher you want to be while staying on top of your other work—and staying sane? This workshop will introduce best practices in lesson planning across disciplines and give participants a chance to practice proven strategies to maximize student learning while making your preparation more efficient.

Wednesday, November 8, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
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The Scholar as Teacher

In this series, faculty members distinguished for their teaching offer reflections on their practice as teachers. Lunch will be provided. Contact the McGraw Center with any dietary concerns.

Teaching Close Reading - Anna Shields, East Asian Studies

Thursday, November 16, from 12:00 to 1:20 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
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Talking about Teaching in an Academic Interview

While graduate students and post-doctoral fellows receive ample opportunity to present their doctoral research in forums such as departmental colloquia or national conferences, they rarely talk about teaching and pedagogy in such public settings. As a result, they may lack the preparation for speaking about their teaching in compelling terms when it may count the most: the job interview. This workshop gives participants the chance to begin—or refine—that preparation as they anticipate a campus visit. Co-sponsored with the Office of Career Services.

Thursday, November 29, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
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Preparing Your Teaching Demonstration for a Campus Interview

A campus visit invitation from a search committee is terrific news, but it often comes with the challenging request for a “teaching demo.” In this workshop, we’ll talk about what questions you should ask and how you can use the answers from a particular hiring institution to craft an effective demonstration of your teaching prowess. During the workshop, you’ll begin the process of planning an engaging lesson to highlight the strengths of your teaching for hiring committees and beyond.

Wednesday, December 6, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in 330 Frist Campus Center
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Coming Soon

Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Ideas from Whistling Vivaldi

Claude Steele’s Whistling Vivaldi discusses stereotype threat, a phenomenon in which a member of a negatively stereotyped group feels pressure to disprove those stereotypes. In an academic setting, this can negatively impact performance (e.g., women perform worse on difficult math exams because they feel pressure to disprove that women are bad at math, white men perform worse on athletic activities when they are told the activities measure their athletic abilities while black men perform worse when told that the activities measure their sports strategic intelligence, etc.). We invite you—whether or not you’ve read the book—to come and discuss the implications of this research for teaching and learning in your precepts and labs. We’ll share practical ideas for implementing these findings and creating more inclusive classrooms.