New Faculty Seminars on Teaching

The New Faculty Seminars on Teaching are monthly gatherings where full-time faculty in their first two years at BC can discuss the fundamentals of teaching with colleagues. Launched in 2021 as a re-imagining of the CTE’s earlier Junior Faculty Conversations program, the New Faculty Seminars seek to address the topics of most interest to those getting started in the BC classroom.

Seminar meetings are largely discussion-based, with CTE staff typically spending 10 - 15 minutes of each session sharing research and strategies relevant to the topic at hand. Session topics are chosen based on the input of that year’s new faculty.

Fall 2021

Effective Lecturing

Thursday, September 9, 2:00-3:00 | O'Neill 250 (Innovation Lab)

Whether our classes involve significant amounts of lecturing or rely more on other formats, presenting content tends to be a central task in university teaching.  Our first meeting of the year will explore ways to make delivery engaging and effective, and to further enliven a strong lecture by interweaving it with other types of instructional activities.  We’ll draw on learning sciences and other research, share ideas and questions, and learn from each other’s experiences of lecturing and presenting.

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Fostering Student Belonging

Wednesday, October 6, 10:00-11:00 | O'Neill 250 (Innovation Lab)

Research indicates that fostering students’ sense of belonging — the feeling that their presence in the classroom is anticipated and that they can be themselves — is fundamental to supporting student learning. These questions of belonging are even more pressing for students from historically marginalized groups, because our larger social and cultural systems are more likely to denigrate and dismiss those students and their place in higher education. Join us for a recap of relevant research on fostering belonging before exchanging questions and ideas from your own practice with colleagues.

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Designing Better Discussions

Tuesday, October 26, 2:00-3:00 | O'Neill 250 (Innovation Lab)

When classroom conversations go well they can be kinetic, exploratory, enabling everyone involved to consolidate and apply their learning and to come into a better understanding of the world. But discussions don’t always reach those heights, either because they never gain momentum or because they get derailed early. Whether you’re teaching seminars or looking to integrate discussion opportunities into a lecture or project-based course, join us for an overview on troubleshooting discussions. We’ll explore how that troubleshooting can inform future planning and you’ll have the chance to hear what’s worked—and what hasn’t—for your colleagues.

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Equitable Grading

Wednesday, November 17, 10:00-11:00 | O'Neill 250 (Innovation Lab)

Grading is the most tedious and painful part of teaching for many faculty members, and the specter of grades can hang over an entire learning environment, fueling anxiety and training students to avoid intellectual risk-taking. Grading can also clarify the stakes of inequities in higher education: Do our grading practices implicitly replicate existing social stratification? Join us for a review of grading practices that can promote equity across disciplines and to hear how your colleagues are approaching this concern in their own teaching.

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Past Conversations