Upcoming Conference

Join us on May 11, 2017 for our annual Spring Perspectives on Teaching Conference.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nancy Chick, Academic Director of the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, University Chair in Teaching and Learning, and Teaching Professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. Dr. Chick will deliver both the keynote address as well as facilitating a concurrent session on the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Keynote: Teaching with Our Signatures: Cultivating Disciplinary Habits of Mind

Just over twelve years ago, Lee Shulman introduced the idea of “signature pedagogies,” or approaches to teaching that cultivate disciplinary habits of mind. This concept challenges us to ask some pointed questions: how does the biologist, for example, teach so that her students experience thinking like a biologist and even doing biology? How does the historian teach students to practice historical thinking? How does the artist teach students to see the world through artists’ eyes? What about the other disciplines? And ultimately, why should the biologist, the historian, the artist, and the rest of us care? Dr. Chick will share how a variety of disciplines have responded to the challenge, consider some of the criticisms that have emerged, and suggest potential avenues for exploring signature pedagogies moving forward.

The full conference schedule will be available in March 2017.