Month: February 2017

Recently at the Teaching Center…

Short-term Study Abroad Programs: An Introduction to Teaching on the Road from Faculty Leaders Lunch Discussion Presenters (left to right):  Thandi Dinani, Alison Parker, Nathan Webb, and Mimi Bernard Creating a Maymester or summer study abroad program is one way that a faculty member can internationalize the curriculum and take learning outside of the classroom.  For this …

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First Year Faculty Thoughts

Janet Hicks, Ph.D. Professor & Director of Mental Health Counseling BS, Education, Eastern New Mexico University (1990) MS, Counseling, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi (1997) PhD, Counselor Education, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi (2005) My first semester at Belmont has been a wonderful challenge. My students perform at a higher cognitive level and exhibit …

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Recently at the Teaching Center…

Integrating Digital Assignments into an Existing Course January Workshop To begin the new semester, Belmont faculty with some recent experience in using Scholarship of Digital Information (SoDI) sources presented ways to create new assignments for an existing course to foster interdisciplinary learning and collaboration.  SoDI assignments attempt to integrate current Internet databases and archives with the full …

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Sabbatical Leaves

In a continuing series on sabbaticals, the Teaching Center will be offering a mini-workshop session: Post-Sabbatical: Now What? Wednesday, March 1 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Ayers (JAAC) 1045 We will hear from several Belmont faculty members who recently completed a semester-long sabbatical leave.  In particular, Natalia Pelaz (Foreign Languages), Judy Skeen (Religion) and John Niedzwiecki (Biology) will talk informally about their experience transitioning …

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Diverse Perspectives for the Classroom

Last fall, the Teaching Center’s first Lunch Discussion focused on diverse perspectives for the classroom.  Belmont faculty panelists (from left to right) , Edgar Diaz-Cruz (Pharmacy), Mona Ivey-Soto (Education), Linda Jones (Psychological Science), and Cheryl Slay Carr (Music Business) shared insights from their own pedagogies on methods for engaging racial, ethnic, gender, or other diversity themes in …

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First Year Faculty Thoughts

Jeremy Fyke, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Communication Studies and Corporate Communication BA Communication Studies, Texas State University (2005) MA Organizational Communication, Texas State University (2007) Ph.D. Organizational Communication, Purdue University (2011) Reflecting on my first semester, three words come to mind: collegiality, uniqueness, and commitment. First, I was struck by the friendly spirit at Belmont, from …

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Student Veterans

In October, the Teaching Center hosted a lunch discussion entitled, “The Needs of Veterans as Students”, to continue the conversation about how we, as teachers, can create welcoming spaces in our classrooms for veterans to thrive and contribute in their own unique ways while integrating into our communities of learning.  A panel of current Belmont …

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First Year Faculty Thoughts

Catherine Graham, Ph.D. Director, Honors Program LEAD Track PhD English, University of Kentucky MEd Counseling, Vanderbilt University MA English, College of William and Mary BA English, University of Tennessee In my role with the Honors Program, I have been impressed by the intellectual curiosity of the students and by their admirable goals. The students demonstrate …

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Upcoming Events for February

Lunch Discussions: Wednesday, February 8 Syllabus and Course Design for Faculty-Led Study Abroad 12:00 – 1:30 pm Frist Lecture Hall Thursday, February 16 Academic Rigor and Student Success 11:30 – 1:00 pm Massey Boardroom Tuesday, February 22 Why Diversity and Inclusion Matters in Higher Education 11:30 – 1:00 pm Vince Gill Room   New Faculty …

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MLK Week Lunch Discussion Reflections

Teaching Center Luncheon Dr. Marla Frederick, Professor of African and African American Studies and the Study of Religion, Harvard University   “Between Racial Reconciliation and Social Justice: The Challenge of Contemporary Christianity”   On Wednesday, January 18, as part of MLK Week at Belmont, Dr. Marla Frederick led a Teaching Center lunch discussion for an engaged …

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