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New Faculty Orientation
Aug
15
9:00 AM09:00

New Faculty Orientation

We welcome all new Rice faculty to Day 2 of New Faculty Orientation. The Center for Teaching Excellence will lead interactive discussions on teaching goals, syllabi preparation, and effective teaching strategies. Morning coffee and pastries, as well as lunch, will be served.

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New Faculty Orientation
Aug
16
9:00 AM09:00

New Faculty Orientation

We welcome all new Rice faculty to Day 2 of New Faculty Orientation. The Center for Teaching Excellence will lead interactive discussions on teaching goals, syllabi preparation, and effective teaching strategies. Morning coffee and pastries, as well as lunch, will be served.

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Faculty Owl Days (Day 2 of 2)
Feb
1
8:00 AM08:00

Faculty Owl Days (Day 2 of 2)

As we strive to improve our teaching, our small campus affords us the opportunity to learn from colleagues within and without our departments. Observing our peers, as they teach, has the capacity to both strengthen our faculty community and challenge our beliefs on how space, technology and presentation impact effective learning. Faculty invite you to observe their work, in an incredibly broad array of spaces, styles and languages. No need to RSVP. 

*Click here to download a PDF of the courses arranged by day/time. PDF updated 1/26/17

Michael Gustin,  Chair of the CTE Faculty Fellows
Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

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Faculty Owl Days (Day 1 of 2)
Jan
31
8:00 AM08:00

Faculty Owl Days (Day 1 of 2)

As we strive to improve our teaching, our small campus affords us the opportunity to learn from colleagues within and without our departments. Observing our peers, as they teach, has the capacity to both strengthen our faculty community and challenge our beliefs on how space, technology and presentation impact effective learning. Faculty invite you to observe their work, in an incredibly broad array of spaces, styles and languages. No need to RSVP. 

*Click here to download a PDF of the courses arranged by day/time. PDF updated 1/26/17

Michael Gustin,  Chair of the CTE Faculty Fellows
Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

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Annual Teaching Award Ceremony & Reception
Apr
26
3:00 PM15:00

Annual Teaching Award Ceremony & Reception

The entire campus community is invited to join us as we celebrate teaching at Rice and—in particular—those instructors who care very deeply about student learning. There will be a wine and appetizer reception in Herring Hall 129 following the ceremony. All students, faculty, alumni, and staff are encouraged to attend! No RSVP required.

2016 Brown Lecture on Teaching Excellence:
Presented by Yousif Shamoo
2015 Recipient, George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching
Vice Provost for Research
Professor of Biosciences
Wiess Career Development Chair
Director, Institute of Biosciences & Bioengineering

Awards Presented:
George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching
George R. Brown Awards for Superior Teaching
Charles W. Duncan Achievement Award for Outstanding Faculty
Nicolas Salgo Outstanding Teaching Award
Presidential Award for Mentoring
Sarah A. Burnett Teaching Prize in the Social Sciences
Sophia Meyer Farb Prize for Teaching (Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award)
NEW! STC Teaching Award (for Student-Taught Courses)
(T+R)^2 Award, School of Engineering

A special presentation of the George R. Brown Certificate of Highest Merit will be made to Michael C. Gustin, Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. The Certificate bestows the status of honorary lifetime recipient, and its winners are retired from the Brown competition.

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Stereotype Threat: What It Is and How It Affects Our Teaching
Apr
6
12:00 PM12:00

Stereotype Threat: What It Is and How It Affects Our Teaching

Negative stereotypes impose an intellectual burden on many minorities as well as those who believe that others perceive their performance or abilities in negative ways.  The threat of possibly satisfying or confirming a stereotype - often referred to as stereotype threat in the literature - can interfere with a student’s performance on a variety of tasks. Stereotype threat is one of several factors that contribute to academic inequality, yet the research shows that it is also one of the factors that can be easily addressed. In this talk I will discuss what the current research on stereotype threat tells us about how stereotypes affect individuals, why it happens, and how we can address it our classrooms.

About the "What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning" Series:
Each semester, the CTE hosts at least one formal research presentation on a specific question addressed within the scholarship of teaching and learning. The "What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning" talks take place over lunch (provided by the CTE) and are open to all faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students.

Please RSVP here.

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Course Design Workshop
Mar
31
9:00 AM09:00

Course Design Workshop

Are you preparing to teach a new course, looking to redesign assignments or assessments, thinking about integrating active learning in your course, or considering revising your course learning goals? If so, we invite you to join us in a hands-on course design workshop on Thursday March 31st from 9-11am in Herring 129.  

Over two hours faculty will apply research-based teaching and learning principles to designing a new course or elements of their existing courses. We will begin by exploring learner-centered design principles in a large group setting after which participants will break off into smaller working groups organized around specific course design goals. Participants will be able to chose from among the following breakout sessions:

  • Refining learning goals
  • Assignment (re)design
  • Collaborative and cooperative learning activities

If you are interested in participating please RSVP here.

Coffee and pastries will be served. This workshop is open to all instructors at Rice University.

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What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning: Curiosity and the College Classroom
Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning: Curiosity and the College Classroom

Josh Eyler
Director, Rice CTE

About the Presentation:
Curiosity is an essential part of the way human beings learn, and it always has been. In order to learn something, we must first wonder about it. This was true of our distant ancestors, and it is true of all of us. Researchers have shown, though, that somewhere between the time when children are very young and when they find their way to our college classrooms, the lion’s share of this curiosity is lost. I'll suggest some ways that we might try to find it again and why the search matters so much for higher education.

About the "What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning" Series:
Each semester, the CTE hosts at least one formal research presentation on a specific question addressed within the scholarship of teaching and learning. The "What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning" talks take place over lunch (provided by the CTE) and are open to all faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students.

Please RSVP here.

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Teaching Matters: Balancing Teaching and Research
Feb
3
12:00 PM12:00

Teaching Matters: Balancing Teaching and Research

Are teaching and research opposing forces? At times it may feel difficult to strike a balance between the demands of research and the demands of teaching.  However, the skills required to be excellent at both teaching and research are not mutually exclusive.

Join us on Wednesday February 3rd at noon in Herring 129 for a faculty-centered conversation on strategies for balancing teaching and research with Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology.

This conversation is part of our Teaching Matters series for Rice faculty.

Please RSVP here. Lunch will be provided.

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Brown Teaching Grant Application Process - Information Session
Jan
22
12:00 PM12:00

Brown Teaching Grant Application Process - Information Session

Each year, the University's Committee on Teaching administers a grant from the Brown Foundation for the purpose of fostering excellence in undergraduate teaching at Rice (more information here). In this session on January 22nd, CTE staff will help applicants better understand the goals and expectations of the Brown Grants, and provide guidance about the content of successful proposals. RSVP not required.

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Mentorship: Teaching Beyond the Classroom
Nov
17
12:00 PM12:00

Mentorship: Teaching Beyond the Classroom

Mentorship is among the most important ways that the Rice faculty engage with students. Join us on November 17th for a discussion with Steve Cox, Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics, and Illya Hicks, Associate Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics on the pedagogical value of developing and fostering mentoring relationships with graduate and undergraduate students.

This conversation is part of our Teaching Matters series for Rice faculty.

Please RSVP here. Lunch will be provided.

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The Pedagogical Value of Embracing Controversy in the Classroom
Oct
20
12:00 PM12:00

The Pedagogical Value of Embracing Controversy in the Classroom

Instructors often avoid controversial issues in the classroom because students are uneasy with disagreement and because heated discussions can be difficult to manage. However, research has demonstrated that conflict or controversy can be a useful pedagogical tool to promote cognitive gains in complex reasoning, integrated thinking, and decision-making.

Join us on October 20th for a faculty-centered conversation on strategies for teaching controversial topics with Matthias Henze, Isla Carroll and Perry E. Turner Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism, and Rachel Kimbro, Associate Professor of Sociology. 

This conversation is part of our Teaching Matters series for Rice faculty.

Please RSVP here. Lunch will be provided.

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Mikki Hebl: Baylor University’s Cherry Award Lecture
Oct
5
4:00 PM16:00

Mikki Hebl: Baylor University’s Cherry Award Lecture

Mikki Hebl, Professor of Psychology, is a finalist for the Robert Foster Cherry Award—a national teaching award housed at Baylor University.  As a finalist, she has already won $15,000 for herself and $10,000 for her department.  If she wins the award, she will receive $250,000 for herself and $25,000 for her department.  This award is a tremendous honor and is only given out once every two years.  More information on the award can be found here.

As a finalist, Mikki must give one lecture at Baylor and one here at Rice.  The home-base lecture will take place on Monday, October 5th, at 4:00 in McMurtry Auditorium.  Our Provost will offer welcoming remarks, and a reception will follow the event.  The Center for Teaching Excellence is coordinating the details for the lecture, and we are hoping that many from the Rice community will consider attending.

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The Importance of Teaching the Humanities: A Faculty-Led Discussion
Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

The Importance of Teaching the Humanities: A Faculty-Led Discussion

Featuring:  Lisa Balabanlilar, Terry Doody, Richard Grandy, Caleb McDaniel, Scott McGill, and Kirsten Ostherr

The Center for Teaching Excellence is excited to announce an event designed for and facilitated by faculty in the School of Humanities!

Modeled on one of the sessions at last year's De Lange conference, all attendees will have the opportunity to take part in small-group conversations exploring the importance of teaching the Humanities.  Each group will be led by a faculty colleague who will facilitate the discussion.   It is, of course, a broad topic, but we are hoping that each group will steer the conversation in any direction they'd like.  After 20 minutes of these small-group discussions, we will then ask the leaders to share the results of the conversations with the larger group.  Following this, we'll open the floor for commentary and questions.

Tenured, tenure-track, and NTT faculty are all welcome.  Please RSVP here:  http://cte.rice.edu/humanitiesrsvp.

Please direct any questions or comments to Josh Eyler at jeyler@rice.edu or x2732.

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Faculty Owl Days (Day 2 of 2)
Sep
16
8:00 AM08:00

Faculty Owl Days (Day 2 of 2)

As we strive to improve our teaching, our small campus affords us the opportunity to learn from colleagues within and without our departments. Observing our peers, as they teach, has the capacity to both strengthen our faculty community and challenge our beliefs on how space, technology and presentation impact effective learning. The following 50 faculty invite you to observe their work, in an incredibly broad array of spaces, styles and languages. No need to RSVP. 

Faculty Owl Days Listing

The conversations sparked by our participation in one another's courses will be celebrated at a reception in Rice’s newest teaching space and home of our Center for Teaching Excellence, Herring 129, Friday, September 18 from 4-6 pm. All faculty are welcome.

Steve Cox,  Chair of the CTE Faculty Fellows
Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics

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Do Student Evaluations of Teaching Really Get an "F"?
Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

Do Student Evaluations of Teaching Really Get an "F"?

There is perhaps no issue within the scholarship of teaching and learning that is more controversial than the question of whether student evaluations can provide valid and reliable measures of teaching effectiveness. And due in no small part to the controversial nature of the question, it is also the most studied issue in the history of peer-reviewed research on higher education. In this talk, CTE Assistant Director Betsy Barre will summarize the broad outlines of this 100 year-old research literature before opening the floor to your questions. She will discuss the various ways scholars have tried to assess the validity of these instruments, past and current debates about variables that might bias the results (grades, workload, student effort, class size, discipline, and gender, among others), and what the research has to say about whether student evaluations can be used to improve teaching.

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Faculty Owl Days (Day 1 of 2)
Sep
15
8:00 AM08:00

Faculty Owl Days (Day 1 of 2)

As we strive to improve our teaching, our small campus affords us the opportunity to learn from colleagues within and without our departments. Observing our peers, as they teach, has the capacity to both strengthen our faculty community and challenge our beliefs on how space, technology and presentation impact effective learning. The following 50 faculty invite you to observe their work, in an incredibly broad array of spaces, styles and languages. No need to RSVP. 

Faculty Owl Days Listing

The conversations sparked by our participation in one another's courses will be celebrated at a reception in Rice’s newest teaching space and home of our Center for Teaching Excellence, Herring 129, Friday, September 18 from 4-6 pm. All faculty are welcome.

Steve Cox,  Chair of the CTE Faculty Fellows
Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics

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New Faculty Orientation
Aug
19
9:00 AM09:00

New Faculty Orientation

We welcome all new Rice faculty to Day 2 of New Faculty Orientation. The Center for Teaching Excellence will lead interactive discussions on teaching goals, syllabi preparation, and effective teaching strategies. Morning coffee and pastries, as well as lunch, will be served.

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2015 University Teaching Award Ceremony and Reception
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

2015 University Teaching Award Ceremony and Reception

The entire campus community is invited to join us as we celebrate teaching at Rice and—in particular—those instructors who care very deeply about student learning.

Awards:
(T + R)^2 Award, School of Engineering
Sarofim Teaching Award, School of Humanities
Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award
Presidential Award for Mentoring
Nicolas Salgo Outstanding Teacher Award
Charles W. Duncan Achievement Award for Outstanding Faculty
George R. Brown Awards for Superior Teaching
George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching
George R. Brown Certificate of Highest Merit

2015 Brown Lecture on Teaching Excellence:
“Common Lessons from the Common Wealth”
Michael O. Emerson, PhD
Allyn & Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology
2014 Recipient, George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Wine reception following ceremony. All students, faculty, alumni, & staff welcome!

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Teaching Matters: "How do we know our students are learning?"
Apr
16
12:00 PM12:00

Teaching Matters: "How do we know our students are learning?"

The second Teaching Matters lunch of the spring semester will take place on Thursday, April 16th, in Herring Hall 129 from 12:00-1:00. The CTE will provide lunch and all tenured, tenure-track, and NTT faculty are all welcome.

Join us for a faculty-centered conversation led by Drs. Margaret Beier, Associate Professor of Psychology and Daniel Cohan, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In this workshop Drs. Beier and Cohan will address the question: “How do we know our students are learning?” Faculty will have the opportunity to learn more about the research on measuring student learning as well as the opportunity to discuss specific practices that are effective for gauging student learning in our classes. 

Please RSVP here.

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Teaching Matters: "The Scholarship-Teaching Nexus"
Feb
5
12:00 PM12:00

Teaching Matters: "The Scholarship-Teaching Nexus"

This spring the Center for Teaching Excellence is continuing our popular Teaching Matters program, a series of informal lunchtime conversations led by faculty. The first Teaching Matters lunch of the spring will take place on Thursday, February 5th, in Huff House 107 from 12:00-1:00.

Join us for a faculty-centered conversation on the scholarship-teaching nexus with Dr. Steve Cox (Professor, Computational and Applied Mathematics) and Dr. Ruth López Turley (Professor, Sociology & Director, Houston Education Research Consortium). In this workshop, faculty will discuss strategies for linking teaching and research, bringing research into the classroom, and engaging students in faculty research to enhance both learning and scholarship.

The CTE will provide food for all events in the series.  Tenured, tenure-track, and NTT faculty are all welcome.

Please RSVP here for the event.

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Teaching Matters: "Beyond Busy Work: Designing Assignments for Audiences of More than One"
Nov
10
12:00 PM12:00

Teaching Matters: "Beyond Busy Work: Designing Assignments for Audiences of More than One"

Most student assignments are designed to be seen by an audience of only one---the instructor of the class. But some of the most successful and popular classes at Rice, such as ENGI 120, feature engaging assignments in which students work collaboratively on real-world problems for community partners and clients. In this workshop, led by by Drs. Caleb McDaniel (History) and Scott Solomon (BioSciences),  faculty will discuss examples of how to create project-based assignments on a smaller scale in any class. Using both new technologies and familiar techniques, we will discuss assignments that move beyond busy work and enable students to contribute to projects that live on after a one-semester course has ended.

RSVP HERE

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De Lange Conference IX: Teaching in the University of Tomorrow (Day 2)
Oct
14
7:30 AM07:30

De Lange Conference IX: Teaching in the University of Tomorrow (Day 2)

  • Bioscience Research Collaborative (BRC) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

You are invited to participate in this forward-looking forum designed to contemplate the rapidly evolving changes in university teaching in response to disruptive technologies and global forces. The program features renowned educators and innovators from a variety of disciplines in lectures, discussions, teaching demonstrations and interactive workshops.

Looking broadly, this conference begins with exploring our historical understanding of teaching, learning, and the goals of university education and moves to addressing questions regarding the future.  How do contemporary transformations affect our perceptions of teaching?  How might technological advances -- those existing as well as those anticipated -- impact when, where, and how we teach?   The De Lange Conference IX on October 13-14, 2014 will provide a setting in which collective reflection on these issues will occur in concert with the opportunity to experience, envision, and discuss ways of transforming our own teaching practices.

Online registration now open through September 29, 2014. View the complete conference schedule here.

Organized and hosted by De Lange Conferences, Scientia: Institute for the History of Science and Culture, and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

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De Lange Conference IX: Teaching in the University of Tomorrow (Day 1)
Oct
13
7:30 AM07:30

De Lange Conference IX: Teaching in the University of Tomorrow (Day 1)

  • Bioscience Research Collaborative (BRC) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

You are invited to participate in this forward-looking forum designed to contemplate the rapidly evolving changes in university teaching in response to disruptive technologies and global forces. The program features renowned educators and innovators from a variety of disciplines in lectures, discussions, teaching demonstrations and interactive workshops.

Looking broadly, this conference begins with exploring our historical understanding of teaching, learning, and the goals of university education and moves to addressing questions regarding the future.  How do contemporary transformations affect our perceptions of teaching?  How might technological advances -- those existing as well as those anticipated -- impact when, where, and how we teach?   The De Lange Conference IX on October 13-14, 2014 will provide a setting in which collective reflection on these issues will occur in concert with the opportunity to experience, envision, and discuss ways of transforming our own teaching practices.

Online registration now open through September 29, 2014. View the complete conference schedule here.

Organized and hosted by De Lange Conferences, Scientia: Institute for the History of Science and Culture, and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

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Why Is Student Feedback a Key to Success in the Classroom?
Oct
6
12:00 PM12:00

Why Is Student Feedback a Key to Success in the Classroom?

All Rice instructors are welcome to join Dr. Josh Eyler (director, Center for Teaching Excellence) and Dr. Carlos Solis (assistant director, Academic Technology Services) for an interactive discussion on the value of student feedback in the classroom setting. No RSVP required; free pizza lunch will be provided.

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New Faculty Reading Group: Session 2
Oct
3
12:00 PM12:00

New Faculty Reading Group: Session 2

New faculty are welcome to join a reading group to study James Lang's On Course. We meet every other week and pizza will be served! We encourage all to attend when convenient in order to learn from each other and benefit from the discussion we have about our teaching.

This week, we will be reading chapters 3, 4, and 5 of On Course, all of which address various strategies for engaging our students within the classroom.

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Teaching Matters: "Engaging Students in the Classroom: Practices to Enhance Learning" (Bratter and Ramos)
Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

Teaching Matters: "Engaging Students in the Classroom: Practices to Enhance Learning" (Bratter and Ramos)

Research has shown that engaging students in the learning process motivates the development of higher-level critical thinking skills and meaningful learning experiences. Do you wonder how the best teachers encourage active engagement in their classes? Join us for faculty-centered conversation led by Drs. Jenifer Bratter (Sociology) and Renata Ramos (Bioengineering), two winners of the 2014 Brown Awards for Superior Teaching, as they discuss their practices to engage students in their classes. 

Lunch is provided.

RSVP HERE

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