Entering the Classroom: Taking the Podium Instead of a Seat

Posted on 10/26/2016 3:30:44 PM

Graduate students: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be behind the podium in the classroom instead of in a seat facing it? If so, you won’t want to miss the last seminar in the Preparing Future Faculty Series on Monday, November 7, 2016, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in Ackerman 116.

The Center for Teaching Excellence, in association with the Division of Academic Affairs and the School of Graduate Studies and Research, is pleased to offer a seminar series designed to provide an overview of college teaching for graduate students across all colleges and disciplines.   

Based on initial interest, the goal is to expand the program beyond monthly meetings for a more in-depth student-centered initiative to enhance understanding and competence in the major areas of faculty responsibility: teaching, advising, scholarship, and service.  

“Entering the Classroom: Taking the Podium Instead of a Seat” will be presented by the following faculty members: Amber Racchini, Developmental Studies; Kayla Jachimowski, Criminology; and Aaron Beasley, English.

As tenured faculty members prepare for class, it is interesting to listen to their discussions about excitement for the start of a new semester; curiosity about how or whether new materials, a new text, or a new form of delivery will work for the students; and awe at their colleagues’ new ideas for teaching, scholarship, service, and advising. Their discussions suggest that they are calm and at peace with the concept of teaching because they understand the environment and have been through the process twice a year for more years than they care to remember.

During this seminar, we will focus on whether these are the same emotional reactions and concerns found in new faculty members who are entering into the classroom for the first time. Our speakers will share their experiences about preparing for their first class, entering into the classroom, and their self-reflections at week 12 (November 7) of their first semester of teaching. Additionally, Racchini will discuss teaching strategies for Developmental Studies classes.

RSVPs are appreciated by November 3, 2016. Please click on this link to let us know you are planning to attend.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact John Lewis (J.A.Lewis@iup.edu or 724-357-5604) or Stephanie Taylor-Davis (stdavis@iup.edu or 724-357-7733).