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Seminar in College Teaching Course - GC 592

In Fall 2016, pending final approval, the Graduate College will begin to offer the Seminar in College Teaching, GC 592. Created by John Coumbe-Lilley, who developed the courses in our new campus certificate program, GC 592 will cover a range of topics pertinent to the future of teaching, learning, and assessment in college education. The seminar extends the appreciation and insight of the role of a college educator based on the experiences of invited presenters from the field and emerging trends affecting the role, expectations, and delivery of college education.

The course is open to degree-seeking students in the Graduate College, with priority given to those with active TA or adjunct appointments. The course carries 3 hours of credit, runs for 16 weeks, and is graded Satifactory/Unsatisfactory.

GC 592 is eligible to be used as a free elective; however, some programs may not allow the credit hours to be used toward degree requirements. Students are advised to confer with their Director of Graduate Studies, if this is a concern.

Course Outcomes

  1. Discuss the roles and responsibilities of a college educator.
  2. Comprehend the range of complementary methods of teaching in Arts and Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences, and Life Sciences.
  3. Consider alternative approaches to course planning and preparation.
  4. Recognize the impact of technology on teaching, learning, and assessment. 
  5. Relate the range of student engagement techniques to diverse student populations.
  6. Use the knowledge to make a professional development plan.

Course Topics

(Subject to change.)

  1. What is your field and why do you love it?
  2. What made you start teaching?
  3. How does your teaching in your field make the world a better place?
  4. What was your first semester/year of teaching like?
  5. What were the toughest hurdles you faced in your early teaching career?
  6. What have been your greatest successes as a college teacher?
  7. What are your favorite ways to engage diverse student populations?
  8. What have students taught you about teaching?
  9. What are three things you recommend prospective college educators do to prepare themselves to teach in higher education?
  10. What legacy do you hope to leave through your teaching?

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