Why is this class important?
University and college faculty are often asked to teach outside of their expertise. Some people choose to stretch, but many of us find ourselves forced outside our intellectual comfort zones.
Departmental budgets are tight and many are being cut;
New courses are being added to the curriculum all the time, often without new hires to cover them;
Faculty are being pushed to teach interdisciplinary courses that span topics they’ve never studied or haven’t touched since their own days as an undergraduate;
Even introductory courses to one’s field can encompass unfamiliar topics;
In many fields, knowledge is expanding too rapidly for most well-intentioned faculty to keep up, which pushes individuals to specialize;
Administrators are jumping on the latest general education bandwagon, and faculty are doing their best to keep up.
And if that isn't enough, consider that
The pressures are greater for women, who often find themselves teaching the large, sweeping introductory courses in the department, and/or for faculty of color, who are in many instances assumed to be a content expert in diversity.
In this workshop, we explore ten savvy survival strategies, drawn from the empirical research literature and interviews with real faculty who teach on the edge of their expertise & do it well, including the following.
Responding to students’ questions when you don’t know the answer;
Recovering gracefully and credibly when you make a mistake in class;
Prioritizing what to read and when;
Deciding who to confide in (in other words, who do you tell that you’re teaching outside of your expertise?)
Starting off right: What to do the first week of class;
Managing the middle: What to do the sixth week of class, even though it’s scary:
Finding out what students don't understand (one quick way);
Motivating your students to think more deeply about the material you do know something about (we'll consider three strategies;
Deciding which topics to address in class when you’re new to those topics yourself;
And for the next course you’re teaching, designing the course to make it more manageable;
And more, believe it or not?!
This teleseminar is free so please let your family, friends, and colleagues know about it so they don't miss out!
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