RSAA Colloquia / Seminars / Feast-of-Facts: Friday, 02 October 2015, 14:00-14:20; Duffield Lecture Theatre

Kim Vy-Tran

"Tools for Developing a Teaching Philosophy"

Most applications for faculty positions request both a research and teaching statement. Having spent years honing one’s research program, the former is relatively straight-forward. However, most people have little experience with developing a meaningful teaching philosophy even though our primary job as faculty is to teach. What elevates a generic teaching statement to an excellent one? In this informal discussion, I provide some examples of proven learning methods such as peer instruction, think/pair/share exercises, in-class tutorials, and undergraduate mentoring that can be incorporated into a personal teaching philosophy.