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Teaching Circles

Every semester, the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning sponsors a variety of Teaching Circles where faculty come together to discuss a teaching topic of shared interest. These have proven especially useful for many faculty over the past several years, and we encourage faculty to consider leading or participating in a Teaching Circle this semester. The Sherrerd Center arranges for Teaching Circles to meet on three specific Fridays from noon until 1:00 in Neilson Browsing Room with lunch provided. See below for this semester's dates and specifics.

The following are Teaching Circles that are continuing or forming for the current semester. If you are interested in joining one of these groups, please contact the faculty organizer noted below. If you have ideas for other Teaching Circle topics, please contact Floyd Cheung to discuss it further.

FALL 2015

September 25
October 9
November 20

See below or contact the Teaching Circle organizer for details on meeting dates.


Teaching Circle on Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching - will meet on October 9 and November 20
Floyd Cheung (English Language & Literature, American Studies)

Building on ideas from Alison Cook-Sather’s book¬†Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching: A Guide for Faculty,¬†this circle convenes staff and faculty members interested in talking more about their own attempts at engaging or possible plans to engage students as partners. How can partnership increase student engagement and learning? How can partnership improve our teaching? What principles ought we to follow to assure respect, reciprocity, and responsibility? How can we make sure that our efforts reach the widest possible range of students?

Creating Student-Centered Learning Opportunities in Foreign Language Classrooms - will meet on September 25 and November 20
Atsuko Takahashi (East Asian Languages & Literature)

In this Teaching Circle, foreign language educators are invited to gather to discuss the latest trends in language teaching and issues in language classes, and to share ideas about curricula. This semester, we would like to focus on discussing how to create student-centered learning opportunities.


Feminist Science and Technology Studies

Lisa Armstong (Study of Women & Gender)

This teaching circle will combine professors from the humanities, social sciences and sciences to discuss course units, readings and themes that address gender studies research in and about the sciences. We will work together to discuss on ongoing classes as well as course development projects.