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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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Graduate Student Institute: Preparing for the Academic Job Market
Apr
1
9:00 AM09:00

Graduate Student Institute: Preparing for the Academic Job Market

Are you a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar preparing to go on the job market? If so, please join Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence for our spring Graduate Student Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs on Friday, April 1st, from 9AM-12PM in Herring 129. In this 3-hour hands-on and interactive workshop, we will discuss how to find and interpret job advertisements, how to create materials that best convey your research and teaching abilities and interests, how best to anticipate and respond to questions in the interview process, and how to demonstrate one’s teaching abilities in an on-campus setting.  

Coffee and pastries will be served, and all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are welcome.

Please RSVP here. The Institute will be limited to the first 60 registrants.

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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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Pedagogy Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Nov
13
1:00 PM13:00

Pedagogy Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs

HOW LEARNING WORKS (& WHY IT MATTERS)

Are you planning a career in academia? Are you currently a TA, Graduate Instructor, or Teaching Postdoc at Rice? Are you running lab sections, grading papers, or developing your own courses? Do you ever wonder whether the things you’re doing (or thinking about doing) will make a difference for your students?  Are you curious about how to frame your teaching experiences for different audiences?

If so, please join Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence for our inaugural Pedagogy Institute for Graduate Students and Postdocs on Friday, November 13th, from 1:00-4:00PM. In this 3-hour workshop, we will introduce you to the broad outlines of scholarship on teaching and learning, discuss ways this scholarship might be applied to your current and future teaching, and help you to think about how you might discuss what you’ve learned on the job market. Topics to be covered include: memory, retention, motivation, and metacognitive reflection. We will also make a point to highlight the diverse methodological approaches of the scholarship of teaching and learning as a broad, interdisciplinary field.

Coffee and cookies will be served, and all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are welcome.

Please RSVP here.

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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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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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Graduate Student TA Training
Aug
24
12:00 PM12:00

Graduate Student TA Training

At Rice University, teaching assistants (TAs) play an important role in the success of many of the university’s courses. Serving as a teaching assistant provides many benefits to the students and faculty as well as the graduate student taking on this role. Directly assisting and working with undergraduates and one’s peers brings with it many rewards in addition to many responsibilities. The CTE’s Teaching Assistant training takes place in the first few weeks of every semester and is designed to provide students who are currently TAs or plan to be TAs in the future with the tools to be successful teaching assistants. Topics covered in the training include:

  • Institutional Policies (ADA, FERPA, etc.)
  • Grading and Rubrics
  • Mentoring, Office Hours, and Other Kinds of One-on-One Teaching
  • Teaching Tips

We have currently reached capacity for this event and registration is now closed. We look forward to working with you!

 

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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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TEACH Workshop: "Checking your Work: Designing Activities and Assignments that Assess Student Progress"
Mar
20
12:00 PM12:00

TEACH Workshop: "Checking your Work: Designing Activities and Assignments that Assess Student Progress"

Following our successful workshop on learning outcomes, this session (led by CTE Assistant Director Betsy Barre) will help attendees think about the best ways to assess whether students have progressed on those outcomes. If you’ve ever wondered how instructors make decisions about the structure of activities, assignments, and/or exams, or you’ve found yourself in a situation where you’ve been tasked with designing these assessments, then this is a session for you!

Open to all disciplines; no RSVP required.

The TEACH workshop series contains 2 different tracks: (1) pedagogy and (2) the academic job market. These tracks build upon the most popular TEACH topics, providing solid foundations in each of the subject matters. Attendance at six TEACH sessions (regardless of track) during students’ academic career at Rice will qualify them for a letter of recognition for their participation.

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TEACH Workshop: "Teaching and the Academic Job Market: Offer Negotiations and the First Year on the Tenure Track"
Feb
20
12:00 PM12:00

TEACH Workshop: "Teaching and the Academic Job Market: Offer Negotiations and the First Year on the Tenure Track"

This workshop in the TEACH series will explore methods for negotiating academic job offers and navigating your first year on the tenure track.

Open to all disciplines; no RSVP required.

The TEACH workshop series contains 2 different tracks: (1) pedagogy and (2) the academic job market. These tracks build upon the most popular TEACH topics, providing solid foundations in each of the subject matters. Attendance at six TEACH sessions (regardless of track) during students’ academic career at Rice will qualify them for a letter of recognition for their participation.

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TEACH Workshop: "Beginning with the End in Mind: Incorporating Learning Goals in Course Design"
Feb
6
12:00 PM12:00

TEACH Workshop: "Beginning with the End in Mind: Incorporating Learning Goals in Course Design"

This workshop in the TEACH series will explore methods for basing course design around learning goals.

Open to all disciplines; no RSVP required.

The TEACH workshop series contains 2 different tracks: (1) pedagogy and (2) the academic job market. These tracks build upon the most popular TEACH topics, providing solid foundations in each of the subject matters. Attendance at six TEACH sessions (regardless of track) during students’ academic career at Rice will qualify them for a letter of recognition for their participation.

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TEACH Workshop: "Teaching and the Academic Job Market: The On-Campus Interview"
Jan
30
12:00 PM12:00

TEACH Workshop: "Teaching and the Academic Job Market: The On-Campus Interview"

This workshop in the TEACH series will explore methods for discussing students'  teaching experience and materials during the academic job interview.

Open to all disciplines; no RSVP required.

The TEACH workshop series contains 2 different tracks: (1) pedagogy and (2) the academic job market. These tracks build upon the most popular TEACH topics, providing solid foundations in each of the subject matters. Attendance at six TEACH sessions (regardless of track) during students’ academic career at Rice will qualify them for a letter of recognition for their participation.

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TA Training for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Jan
28
7:00 PM19:00

TA Training for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Are you a graduate or undergraduate student working as teaching assistant (TA) this semester? If so, please join the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 in Humanities 117 from 7- 8:30pm. This is a great opportunity to learn some valuable tips, ask questions, and find out how to make the most of your experience working as a TA. Both new and experienced TA’s are welcome to attend. We will have cookies!!

Topics will include:

  • Communication with your faculty supervisor
  • Time and scheduling concerns
  • Developing and using a grading rubric
  • Conducting a class/lab
  • Office hours and working with students outside of class
  • Rice’s Amorous Relations Policy for graduate and undergraduate TAs
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TEACH Workshop: "Pedagogical Strategies: Engaging Students in the Classroom and Beyond"
Nov
19
12:00 PM12:00

TEACH Workshop: "Pedagogical Strategies: Engaging Students in the Classroom and Beyond"

This workshop in the TEACH series is designed to focus on innovative, transformational techniques to enhance student learning. This final session for fall 2014 will discuss research-based pedagogical strategies for student engagement in support of their learning inside and outside the classroom.

Open to all disciplines, no RSVP required. The TEACH workshop series contains 2 different tracks: (1) pedagogy and (2) the academic job market. These tracks build upon the most popular TEACH topics, providing solid foundations in each of the subject matters. Attendance at six TEACH sessions (regardless of track) during students’ academic career at Rice will qualify them for a letter of recognition for their participation.

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TEACH Workshop: "Pedagogical Strategies: What Makes a Good Teacher?"
Oct
22
12:00 PM12:00

TEACH Workshop: "Pedagogical Strategies: What Makes a Good Teacher?"

This workshop in the TEACH series is designed to focus on innovative, transformational techniques to enhance student learning. In this session we'll explore research-based pedagogical strategies in answer to the question: "what makes a good teacher?"

Open to all disciplines, no RSVP required. The TEACH workshop series contains 2 different tracks: (1) pedagogy and (2) the academic job market. These tracks build upon the most popular TEACH topics, providing solid foundations in each of the subject matters. Attendance at six TEACH sessions (regardless of track) during students’ academic career at Rice will qualify them for a letter of recognition for their participation.

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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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TEACH Workshop: "Teaching and the Academic Job Market: Talking about Your Teaching During First-Round Interviews"
Oct
8
12:00 PM12:00

TEACH Workshop: "Teaching and the Academic Job Market: Talking about Your Teaching During First-Round Interviews"

This workshop in the TEACH series will explore methods for discussing students'  teaching experience and materials during the academic job application process. 

Open to all disciplines, no RSVP required. The TEACH workshop series contains 2 different tracks: (1) pedagogy and (2) the academic job market. These tracks build upon the most popular TEACH topics, providing solid foundations in each of the subject matters. Attendance at six TEACH sessions (regardless of track) during students’ academic career at Rice will qualify them for a letter of recognition for their participation.

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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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TEACH Workshop: "Teaching and the Academic Job Market: Application Materials"
Sep
10
12:00 PM12:00

TEACH Workshop: "Teaching and the Academic Job Market: Application Materials"

This workshop in the TEACH series will explore application materials students prepare for the academic job market, with special focus on teaching portfolios and teaching experience.

Open to all disciplines, no RSVP required. The TEACH workshop series contains 2 different tracks: (1) pedagogy and (2) the academic job market. These tracks build upon the most popular TEACH topics, providing solid foundations in each of the subject matters. Attendance at six TEACH sessions (regardless of track) during students’ academic career at Rice will qualify them for a letter of recognition for their participation.

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