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Pedagogy Programs and Workshops

Faculty-Graduate Teaching Seminar

Scholarly Approaches to Teaching

The McGraw Teaching Seminar is a year-long opportunity for faculty and graduate student participants to engage collaboratively with current research on a range of issues in teaching and learning in higher education. Based on the current scholarship on teaching, the seminar provides a unique context for participants to have sustained conversations in which they can inquire and reflect on the goals and practices of their teaching.  Drawing on these discussions, participants design or redesign courses, create new teaching strategies, and reflect on their students' learning.

Starts Friday, October 16; details and application available here.

Applying the Lessons of Whistling Vivaldi

Whistling Vivaldi is this year's Princeton Pre-read selected by President Eisgruber for the incoming Class of 2019. These open discussions provide a setting for faculty to discuss the book by Claude Steele and consider its implications for teaching at Princeton. Faculty are invited to share ideas for fostering diversity in their classrooms and mitigating the challenges - including stereotype threat - that may impede student engagement in the academic life of the campus. Co-hosted with the Council on Science and Technology.

Wednesday, September 9, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. in 234 Frist; lunch will be available.
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Thursday, October 8, 5 - 6:15 p.m. in 330 Frist; arrive early for wine and cheese.
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Writing Walk and Talk with Wendy Belcher

Want a conference with Professor Wendy Laura Belcher, author of Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Writing Success? She is offering a new conference format for the Writing Center, based on the recent Stanford study finding that an individual’s creativity increased by 60 percent when walking. Sign up here to take a 60-minute morning walk through the Institute of Advanced Study’s woods while talking with Prof. Belcher about anything to do with writing in the social sciences or humanities, including dissertations, books, articles, or seminar papers. Feel free to bring a friend if you’d like to make it a group walk/talk. The early time of this conference (8 a.m.) is intended to set you up for a day of happy writing! 
To sign up for a slot,
then select “Walk and Talk Conference with Professor Wendy Belcher.”
You will meet Professor Belcher outside the University Store, on the steps into the store on University Place at your scheduled time.  

Taking the Temperature of Your Class: Getting Useful Feedback at Mid-semester

Now that your first semester of teaching at Princeton is underway, you are ready to discuss the actual challenges and possibilities that have arisen in your classes or labs. This session offers a setting for conversation among new faculty on issues they would like to address. Mid-semester is also an excellent time to reflect on the progress of your course and plan adjustments that can enhance your students’ engagement and their learning. To help you “take the temperature of your class” we can offer a number of methods for gathering meaningful feedback from your students. Even if you are not teaching this semester, feel free to attend and have the opportunity to meet other new faculty and learn more about teaching at Princeton. 

Thursday, Oct. 22, 5:00-6:15 p.m. in 330 Frist; arrive early for wine and cheese. 
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Using Argument Maps to Build Students' Analytical Skills

A visualization technique called "argument mapping" can be a powerful tool for helping students to develop crucial analytical skills within the content focused courses. In this hands-on session, led by Princeton faculty, you will learn what argument mapping is, and how it can be used to help your students.

Thursday, October 22,  3:30 – 5:00 PM in the New Media Center, 131 Lewis Science Library
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Online Learning and Interactive Classes

A presentation of key lessons from recent faculty experiments with “flipping” and integrating online environments with campus classes, and a guide to resources and techniques for using online tools to create engaged learning in and out of the classroom. Based on recent recommendations from the president’s strategic review on online education, this session focuses on enhancing the role of faculty in the classroom and on creating online materials to support students in making their way through challenging areas of the curriculum.

Thursday, October 29, 12:15 – 1:20 p.m. in 330
 Fristlunch will be available. 
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Designing a Course

Are you preparing a new syllabus? 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 18,
 3:30-5:00 p.m. in 330 Frist
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Funding Resources to Support Curricular and Teaching Innovation

Several faculty members will present projects they have pursued with support from the 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education. The 250th Fund is the University’s principal resource for supporting innovation in the undergraduate curriculum and members of the faculty are invited to submit proposals for this year’s December deadline (TBA). McGraw Center staff will also be available to answer questions and offer guidance on preparing a proposal.

Thursday, November 19, 12 - 1:30 PM in 330 Frist; lunch will be available.
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Wednesday, December 2, 12 - 1:30 PM in 330 Frist; lunch will be available.
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