Friday @ the Center
March 6, 2009
In these e-newsletters and Center workshops, we often talk about effective pedagogy in rather sweeping terms, but we all know that different disciplines involve different kinds of assumptions, methods of inquiry, and practice, so it makes sense that helping students learn the discipline will involve different kinds of pedagogical strategies—from dissecting a sheep brain to writing multiple drafts. Lee Schulman, from the Carnegie Institute, uses the phrase “signature pedagogies” to talk about those more discipline specific ways in which we teach. He challenges professors to identify the traditional signature pedagogy of their discipline and then understand, evaluate, and develop signature pedagogies that better facilitate learning. In Exploring Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind, 14 contributors explore specific signature pedagogies in history, literary studies, creative writing, music theory and performance, the arts, geography, human development, psychology, sociology, animal and dairy science, biology, computer science, math, and physics. Perhaps this might be good fodder for a departmental discussion?
Reconciliation Studies Seminar
The co-directors of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke University, Chris Rice and Emmanuel Katongole, will discuss the work of the Center for Reconciliation, approaches to reconciliation studies, and future possibilities for collaborative work. All faculty are invited to attend from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, March 11, in the Library Seminar Room. Rice and Katongole are the authors of Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace, and Healing (Inter Varsity, 2008). Light refreshments will be served.
All faculty are encouraged to attend this year’s Palmer Lecture, Tuesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn. Dr. Ephraim Radner, Professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College, will speak on “Is Christ Divided? Locating the Possibility of the True Church.”
NOW is the time to log into your banner account and check which course evaluations are operative for your winter quarter courses, add any course-specific questions, and choose a different form if there is one that is more applicable. You have until midnight on Sunday, March 8, to make changes. Students will be notified that course evaluations are available for them to complete on Monday, March 9, and they will have until Sunday, March 29th, to complete them.