Teaching Concerns

Between 1991 and 2009, Teaching Concerns was published once per semester by the Teaching Resource Center for faculty and teaching assistants at the University of Virginia. It served as a medium for dissemination of teaching tips, essays, book reviews, announcements and deadlines, as well as other teaching related information. Read More »

Handbooks & Guides

Teaching a Diverse Student Body: Practical Strategies for Enhancing our Students’ Learning

  Table of Contents Foreword, by Vice President and Provost, Gene Block Introduction, by Associate Dean Angela M. Davis and Professor Michael J. Smith, Co-Chairs of the President’s Commission on Diversity and Equity Acknowledgements Preface   I. Teaching a Diverse… Read More »

Accommodating Students with Physical Disabilities

  General Principles Always talk directly to the student, not about the student to the interpreter or caretaker. Monitor small group work to make sure the student is included. Make a concerted effort to include the student in class discussion.… Read More »

Characteristics of Personal Identity

Multiple variables influence an individual student’s behaviors and attitudes. These overlapping categories of identity include, but are not limited to, characteristics such as gender, race, ethnic group, social class, region of origin, religion, and level of ability. We need to be… Read More »

Classroom Dynamics

Though once excluded from most institutions of higher education, female students have made significant gains in educational achievement within the last thirty years. So much so, that by the end of the twentieth century, women began outnumbering men at US… Read More »

Strategies for Teaching International Students

  General Principles Be explicit about your expectations and try to give examples or model what you are talking about. Focus on meaning first and grammar and style later. Stress fluency in communication along with correctness. Try not to foster… Read More »

Specific Teaching Strategies

Class Dynamics: Establish ground rules for acceptable behavior in writing early in the semester. Remind the students of these guidelines throughout the semester, if need be. Pay close attention to the patterns of student behaviors, comments, and interaction. If you sense unusual… Read More »


Jean-Francois Revel’s book, Anti-Americanism, analyzes European attitudes and occasional hypocrisy towards the United States. In one of the later chapters Revel reflects on the remarkable success of American universities, why the world’s brightest flock to American institutions. He points to the catalytic… Read More »

Introduction to Teaching a Diverse Student Body

In the aftermath of racial incidents at the University during the spring of 2003, President John T. Casteen III and Gordon F. Rainey, Jr., the newly elected rector of the University’s Board of Visitors, created two groups charged with evaluating… Read More »

Accommodating Students with Emotional or Psychiatric Disabilities

If a student confides in you about personal problem that you suspect may be an undiagnosed emotional or psychiatric illness, refer the student to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Student Health, the Office of the Dean of Students, or the… Read More »

Creating an Inclusive Classroom Environment

According to research, traditional teaching methods are often ineffective for learners outside of the majority culture (Wlodkowski & Ginsberg 147). For example, studies have shown that many students, including women and students of color, may be more likely to prosper… Read More »

Essay & Essay Collections

Occasional Paper Series No. 1

A Teacher’s Attention by Stephen B. Cushman, Department of English, University of Virginia. Read More »

Occasional Paper Series No. 2

Some “Whys” Behind the “Hows” of University Teaching and Research by Robert F. Cook, Professor of French, University of Virginia. Read More »

Occasional Paper Series No. 3

In the Undergraduate Mind: The First-Year Experience from Three Perspectives Read More »

Occasional Paper Series, No. 4

Balancing Life and Work: Three Perspectives from Tenured
Faculty at the University of Virginia Read More »