Date: Friday April 1, 2011
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Therese Huston, Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Seattle University, Author Teaching What You Don’t Know
|Most people don’t like to admit it, but we know it’s true: As faculty, we often find ourselves teaching the unfamiliar. In some instances, we’re adding cutting edge issues into our courses, and in others, we’re asked to teach topics we haven’t studied (or used) since we were sophomores ourselves.We can immediately picture the pitfalls of this scenario, but in what ways can this make us better teachers and our students better learners? In this interactive seminar, Therese Huston shares her research and interviews with faculty from across the country. What are best practices from professors who teach material outside of their comfort zone and do it well? What are some of the common but avoidable mistakes we all tend to make? Whether you’re teaching a course for the first or the umpteenth time, we hope you’ll join Professor Huston to reflect upon this experience of “teaching while learning” and what it suggests for how to work more creatively and innovatively with students.
Sponsored by the Teaching Resource Center’s Tomorrow’s Professor Today Program
Therese Huston is the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Seattle University. Her recent book, Teaching What You Don’t Know, was published by Harvard University Press, and her research articles focus on faculty morale and retention, course evaluations, and peer mentoring programs for teachers. Therese earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and her B.A. in psychology from Carleton College. She was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical cognitive neuroscience at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at the University of Pittsburgh. Before moving into a career of educational development, she was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pacific University. Therese has co-chaired two national conferences on faculty development in higher education and serves on the board of directors of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education.