Resources for Sewanee Faculty

Course (Re)Design 2019 Signup
Sign up for the 2019 Course (Re)Design Experience, August 14 & 15, 2019
We are offering three thematic tracks this year, plus a plenary session on course/syllabus design and plenty of opportunities for feedback and idea exchange.
Track 1: Global Learning with guest, Prof. Richard Kieley from Cornell University
Track 2: Metacognition and the Writing Process, with Prof. Stephanie Batkie
Track 3: What, Why, and How: Reducing Anxiety in the STEM Classroom, with Profs. Clint Smith and Kristen Cecala

Participants receive a modest stipend. To read more about the tracks, to find out how the course (re)design experience works, and to sign up, go here!

Teaching Larger Classes
A session led by Deon Miles, Professor of Chemistry. These slides include tips and strategies for teaching large classes as well as links to further information and useful resources on this topic. Dr. Miles focused on how to encourage student engagement and what you can do to make your course workload more manageable.  A panel of Sewanee faculty then shared their perspectives on teaching large classes, both on campus and at other institutions. The panelists were Chris McDonough (Classics), Ron Pongdee (Chemistry), Sarah Sherwood (EES), and Jeff Thompson (Art, Art History, & Visual Studies).   

The Inclusive Classroom
A collection of resources on the topic of inclusive teaching, defined broadly as setting conditions in which all students are able to succeed. Includes Google Slides of teaching strategies generated by Sewanee faculty during a new faculty development session, links to web resources, and a list of books and other resources available at Sewanee.

Quality Enhancement Plan
The Center for Teaching often partners with the Center for Speaking and Listening and its director, Professor Sean O’Rourke, and assistant director, Professor Melody Lehn, to organize programming for Sewanee faculty on the QEP topic, Learning to Speak, Speaking to Learn. Our QEP was designed to improve students’ oral communication skills through the practice of public speaking in disciplines across the curriculum. Good oral communication skills are essential to our students’ learning and lives because the ability to speak clearly and effectively transcends work in the classroom and allows students to communicate ideas of value both personally and professionally. Graduates with effective oral communication skills have a competitive edge in networking and the workplace, as well as the capacity and confidence to participate in and lead public discourse.

Mental Health
The Center for Teaching appreciates the important work of the Wellness Center in supporting our students in all aspects of their physical and mental wellbeing. The staff at the Wellness Center has graciously provided this PDF, which lists local mental health providers for the benefit of our faculty. 

Class Planning and General Teaching Strategies
Each semester, the CFT provides blank calendar templates for faculty to use in planning their courses and constructing syllabi. In addition, we have included some links to articles we like about planning the first day of class, small changes in teaching, and other general teaching tips.