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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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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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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.

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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.

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