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Teaching Conversations in the Residential Colleges

The lunchtime "Teaching Conversations in the Residential Colleges" series is co-hosted by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and the Residential Colleges. These workshops bring together faculty from across divisions and departments and provide opportunities for the sharing of knowledge and ideas among peers. The suite of topics below reflects areas of interest that have been identified by our faculty fellows and other faculty colleagues.  While each is discrete, together they have the potential to nest and overlap in ways that encourage ongoing conversation. We hope to see you soon and often around the lunch table!
Lisa Herschbach
Director, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning
Associate Dean of the College
Jeff Himpele,
Director, Teaching Initiatives and Programs
McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning



Teaching and Mentoring Graduate Students

What are the goals and practices of graduate education in your discipline? Faculty often ask how their strategies for teaching disciplinary content in doctoral programs should differ from those they use for their undergraduate courses. Does graduate training call for a deeper involvement or a more hands-off approach? How do we address the uneven preparation among students who join disciplinary programs? What professional development skills fall within the scope of a faculty mentor? How to best prepare future colleagues for careers as scholars and for the realities of faculty life? And how to train doctoral students for a range of careers beyond the academy? This discussion offers an opportunity for faculty to share their own questions about graduate education, and to learn from the techniques of teaching and approaches to mentorship from peers across the disciplines. Lunch with discussion will be led by McGraw Faculty Fellows Sigrid Adriaenssens and Bill Gleason.
Friday, March 4, 12–1:20 p.m. in the Wilcox Private Dining Room, Wilson College
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The Flexible Future of Teaching

Over the past several years, faculty have experimented with a variety of teaching innovations that enhance their roles as teachers, intensify learning for their students and expand the idea of the classroom. Yet our evolving forms of teaching often resist existing class schedules and spaces. Innovative courses that combine online content with “flipped classes” designed for highly interactive learning, for instance, require flexibility in teaching spaces as well as adjustments in scheduling. If both lectures and precepts become zones of interactivity, then what is the significance of the division between them? Teaching innovations have also expanded the modes in which faculty engage with students. How do online lectures and mediated discussions defy conventional notions of “contact time”? This discussion is an opportunity to explore the implications of increasingly engaged teaching and learning on the schedules and spaces that have historically structured teaching on our campus. Lunch with discussion will be led by McGraw Faculty Fellows Sigrid Adriaenssens and Bill Gleason.
Friday, April 22, 12 –1:20 p.m. in the Whitman Octagonal Private Dining Room
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FALL 2015

Beginnings Matter: Roundtable on the Lessons from Reading Whistling Vivaldi

This discussion considers the influence on our campus of this year’s Princeton Pre-read, distributed to the incoming class of 2019 as well as faculty and graduate students. With Claude Steele’s book in mind, how did you approach the start of the semester? What changes, if any, have you implemented (or are considering implementing) to respond to the dynamics surrounding stereotype threat, in which high performing members of a group may feel constrained by their identities? What strategies would you recommend to colleagues? We’ll also discuss the ways that heightened awareness of the issues raised by Whistling Vivaldi may have affected classroom interaction. In the context of campus-wide and national discussions of diversity over the past year, our conversation will provide new insights and strategies for participation in an inclusive academic environment. Lunch with discussion will be led by McGraw Faculty Fellows Sigrid Adriaenssens and Bill Gleason.