Teach & Tell

Once a month, the Center for Teaching hosts a casual lunch gathering for faculty to share teaching ideas and techniques with their colleagues. Topics so far have included a method for close reading and building rapport in the classroom, active learning, mentoring students, film in the classroom, research in the classroom, and others.

You can find current and past semester Teach & Tell videos, resources, and other information using the navigation menu on the left hand side. Be sure to check out our Teach & Tell archives for all the wonderful resources, techniques, and conversations about teaching which have happened at the University of the South. 

If you have an idea for a new Teach & Tell, please contact Emily Puckette or Jordan Troisi.

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Connected Colleagues

Formerly called the faculty mentorship program, the CfT sponsors a “connected colleagues” program that sponsors triads of faculty from different disciplines and ranks getting together over lunch or coffee to talk about teaching and the profession. If you would like to participate, please email Emily Puckette or Jordan Troisi

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Faculty Learning Communities

The CfT sponsors faculty learning communities, which bring small groups of faculty together in a casual setting to discuss topics of common interest. Current FLC’s include:

  • Liberal Education

If you have a book you would like to suggest for a future book group, or a topic for an FLC, please email Emily Puckette  or Jordan Troisi.


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Team Observing Peers

The Team Observing Peers (TOP) program enables faculty members to learn from each other through mutual observation. The goal is to gain new ideas, strategies, and techniques for classroom teaching and to share goals and common concerns. This program is formative, not evaluative; it is an avenue for faculty development. It will not be a part of anyone’s review process. 

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New Faculty Programming

The CfT works closely with Betsy Sandlin, Associate Dean for Inclusion and Faculty Development, to provide orientation and year-long programming for our new faculty. This year’s schedule is as follows:

2019-2020 New faculty development sessions: TENTATIVE schedule

(Center for Teaching, 2nd floor of duPont Library)

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will take place from 3-5 p.m.


FALL 2019

September 13, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Center for Teaching

1a.Proposing new courses 

1b. Taking stock of the first few weeks


November 1, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Center for Teaching

2a.Problem-solving protocol for addressing some of the semester’s sticky situations so far

(some faculty members in their 2nd-5th years at Sewanee will join us for this session to 

provide their advice)

2b."Small teaching" and practical pedagogical strategies


December 12 [12-2 p.m. session with lunch]

3.Reflections on the first semester and an opportunity to “ask anything”


January 31, 3:00-5:00

4a.Diversity, equity, and inclusion: the inclusive classroom 

4b.Mid-semester feedback


February 28, 3:00-5:00

5.Getting to know the University (better): student and staff panels


April 30 (Reading Day), 3:00-5:00

6a.Balancing teaching, research, and service: reflecting on the first year and preparing for

 the second-year review

6b. Brief overview of College and University committees and service

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Co-sponsoring Talks & Events

We are always happy to assist groups on campus hoping to organize a talk, workshop or event that promotes excellence in teaching. We have co-sponsored events with the Director of Advising, the Mellon Globalization Forum, the QEP initiative (speaking and listening), and more.  If you or your group have ideas for an event or would like to reserve the CfT space, please contact Emily Puckette or Jordan Troisi

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