Author: Jason Lovvorn

SoTL and GenEd Addressed at Lunch Discussion

On April 21st, for its final lunch discussion of the 2014-2015 academic year, the Belmont Teaching Center hosted several faculty members from a variety of disciplines, each of them addressing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) they have developed in direct connection to their general-education teaching.  Charmion Gustke (English) discussed her work connected to First Year …

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Lunch Discussion Addresses Writing In The Classroom

One reason many teachers encourage students to write is because the activity promotes deeper, more rigorous learning.  With writing assignments, students often must grapple with their own ideas, connect them to the ideas of others, and forge associative links across different pools of knowledge. As such, well-designed writing assignments can promote student engagement and student …

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Teacher Center Hosts Webinar on Mindfulness

A variety of Belmont faculty members have successfully integrated mindfulness activities—practices of paying attention and being in the moment— into their curricula in classes ranging from First-Year Seminar to graduate courses. On April 7, for faculty interested in this teaching strategy, the Belmont Teaching Center hosted a webinar entitled “Everybody Present: Mindfulness in the Classroom.” The …

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Newsletter Examines Writing and Learning

Please check out the latest edition of the Teaching Center newsletter, The Art of Teaching, at http://www.belmont.edu/tcenter/pdf/ArtofTeachingMarch2015.pdf.  In conjunction with next week’s Teaching Center lunch discussion, this issue addresses ideas about using writing to engage deeper student learning.  It features pieces by Darlene Panvini, Jonathan Thorndike, Bonnie Smith Whitehouse, Julie Hunt, and Donovan McAbee.

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Faculty Interest Groups Present

On Thursday, April 27, the Belmont Teaching Center hosted a lunch discussion featuring three faculty interest groups, each of which has developed community, collaboration, and scholarly activity among faculty.  Mitch McCoy and Abbie DeBlasis spoke about a faculty interest group that grew out of experiences during their New Faculty Orientation. Sally Barton Arwood, Kate McGowan, and Ryan …

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Pinter Co-Hosts, Presents at Faculty Forums

Mike Pinter, Director of the Belmont Teaching Center, in partnership with the Provost’s Office, co-facilitated three Belmont Faculty Forums on January 30, February 13, and March 6, and presented at the March 6 forum.  These forums presented faculty with student perceptions of the overall learning environments Belmont University offers, communicated information from student focus groups …

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Taylor Branch Presents at Teaching Center Event

On Friday, January 30, in the Massey Boardroom, the Teaching Center partnered with Belmont University’s Martin Luther King Committee to sponsor a lunch discussion entitled “For Students of Freedom: Taylor Branch on Teaching, Storytelling, and the Civil Rights Movement.”  The guest presenter, Taylor Branch, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of, among other works, one of the …

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Belmont Faculty Present at Lilly Conference on College Teaching

Fifteen faculty members from across Belmont University, associated with the Teaching Center and the Office of General Education, recently contributed six presentations at the 34rd Annual International Lilly Conference on College Teaching.  The theme for the 2014 conference, held November 19-22 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, was “Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning.” At the Lilly Conference, faculty scholars of teaching …

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Welcome!

Welcome to the Belmont University Teaching Center weblog, a new public face for the many activities, programs, and resources offered by the Teaching Center.  We hope you will stop by often and look for announcements regarding upcoming events, notes about past events, reflections and articles by Belmont faculty, and a range of other materials connected …

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