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February 24, 2016 at 8:52 am

Graduate Students Share Pedagogical Practices

Dr. Mara Holt, Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition, delivers her keynote address, “Teaching U.S. and Transnational Feminisms with Thelma and Louise (1991) and Chaos (2001).

Dr. Mara Holt, Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition, delivers her keynote address, “Teaching U.S. and Transnational Feminisms with Thelma and Louise (1991) and Chaos (2001).

Graduate students from English, Philosophy, and Education hosted the first annual Graduate Student Pedagogy Conference, “Perfecting Pedagogical Practices,” on Friday, Feb. 12, in the Friends of the Library Room, Alden 319.

Samuel Stinson, a Ph.D. student and Graduate Teaching Associate in English, discusses strategies for using Blackboard in his presentation, “Classroom Technologies: Getting the Most out of Blackboard.

Samuel Stinson, a Ph.D. student and Graduate Teaching Associate in English, discusses strategies for using Blackboard in his presentation, “Classroom Technologies: Getting the Most out of Blackboard.

Panel presentations focused on sharing tips, techniques, and best practices for teaching. Presenters not only shared ideas for practical classroom strategies but also inspired vigorous discussion between panelists and audience members. A wide range of topics was covered by the presentations, including the use of media in the classroom, theories of teaching, encouraging class discussion and student engagement, and course and assignment design.

In addition to the five panels, the conference featured a keynote address, “Teaching U.S. and Transnational Feminisms with Thelma and Louise (1991) and Chaos (2001),” given by Dr. Mara Holt, Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition. The conference was well attended by students and faculty from across several university departments.

Next year’s Graduate Student Pedagogy Conference will be held on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Alden Library. Call for proposals for the conference will be solicited during Fall Semester 2016.

Jon Stansell, Associate Professor of English at Belmont College, describes a project that he uses in his English course in his presentation, “Finding Personal Meanings through Song Analysis: An ENG 1110 Handout Connecting Song Lyrics with Personal Experience.

Jon Stansell, Associate Professor of English at Belmont College, describes a project that he uses in his English course in his presentation, “Finding Personal Meanings through Song Analysis: An ENG 1110 Handout Connecting Song Lyrics with Personal Experience.

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