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Mentored Discussions of Teaching

Modified: March 2, 2016

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning invites you to participate in Mentored Discussions of Teaching, one of our CIRTL at Northwestern programs that will be offered this spring.  CIRTL is a national center working to advance undergraduate education in STEM fields (including social and behavioral sciences) by promoting future faculty professional development.  CIRTL at Northwestern works closely with the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching.
Mentored Discussions of Teaching is a one-quarter program designed to generate discussions about teaching. The program is flexible and built to accommodate the busy lives of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Participants will observe an instructor teaching a small number of undergraduate or early graduate classes. You will meet at least once with the instructor before the end of the quarter to discuss your observations about teaching methods. You will be provided with some guidelines to assist with your observations and will also attend three group sessions with your peers – one to introduce you to the program, one to discuss literature about teaching and learning, and one to hear everyone’s perspectives on their observations.  Please see the objectives and expectations for participants. 
There will be a list of interested PhD students and postdocs generated for Spring 2016, and you will be matched with an instructor who has agreed to participate.  The CIRTL believes that it will be instructive for you to consider pedagogical aspects of a course rather than its content, so the match may not be exactly in your discipline.  The initial group meeting will be held twice in Evanston – March 29 or April 1. If interest is high among those on the Chicago campus, they will offer additional sessions on Thursday afternoons in Chicago. Otherwise, all meetings will be held in Evanston. The other two group meetings will also be held at multiple times to accommodate everyone.
If you are interested in participating this Spring please complete this brief survey no later than Monday night, March 21

Contact Rob Linsenmeier or Rachael Baiduc with any questions.

Training Grant Director