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Speaking of Teaching

Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education sets series


9:21 a.m., Jan. 27, 2012--The University of Delaware Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education has announced its spring Speaking of Teaching series.

The series will highlight UD faculty members from across the disciplines who have been honored for their outstanding contributions to education at the University and beyond.

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The series will be held as follows:

Friday, Feb. 10: James Magee, “Conceptions and Concepts in Constructing Constitutional Law.” The series kicks off with three-time Excellence in Teaching Award winner Magee, professor of political science and international relations, who will discuss his instructional methods and philosophy, including his emphasis on helping students develop their critical thinking and analytical skills as they learn about Constitutional law.

Friday, March 9: Janice Selekman, “Technology, Tantrums, and Teaching: Have We Really Improved Collegiate Education?” Selekman, professor of nursing and recipient of the Excellence in Education Award from the Society of Pediatric Nurses, will explore the challenges and controversies of synchronous and asynchronous distance education from both the student and the faculty perspective.

Friday, April 13: Jules Bruck, Terry Harvey, Tony Middlebrooks and Troy Richards, “Silos, Bridges and Designing Stew.” Members of the Delaware Design Institute will discuss development and implementation of their multidisciplinary, design-oriented courses, leading into a panel discussion and question-and-answer session on “design” as an educational theme.

Friday, May 11: Peter Rees, “The Challenge of the Geographically-Challenged. ” Rees, associate professor of geography and Latin American studies and recipient the Higher Education Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Council for Geographic Education, will discuss the challenges and successes of developing students’ geographic perspectives as a way of looking at the world.  

All of the featured presenters emphasize student engagement in their classes, reinforcing the idea that student-centered practices can lead to rich educational experiences in a variety of disciplinary settings. 

Sessions will be held on Fridays, from 2:30-4 p.m., in 208 Gore Hall.  For more information or to register, visit the Speaking of Teaching website.

The series is sponsored by the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education (ITUE), Center for Educational Effectiveness (CFEE), Academic Technology Services (IT-ATS) and the Office of the Provost.

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