Category: Faculty

Recently at the Teaching Center…

A World of Possibilities: Curriculum Elements and Opportunities from Around the Globe As part of Belmont’s Diversity Week, the Teaching Center hosted a lunch discussion focusing on teaching and learning experiences and approaches from around the world. Attendees heard from Belmont faculty members who have extended beyond Western ideas and frameworks to enrich their students’ learning. …

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Book Groups at Belmont

The Teaching Center at Belmont provides a number of opportunities for faculty to come together to read and reflect on books related to teaching and learning. Specifically, the Teaching Center organizes three types of reading groups: Belmont Applied Teaching and Learning (BeATLe) book groups, reflective book groups, and summer reading groups. BeATLe groups are encouraged …

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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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Circle of Trust Retreats

Judy Skeen, Ph.D. Professor of Religion       “Teaching, like any truly human activity, emerges from one’s inwardness, for better or worse. As I teach, I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject, and our way of being together. “ —Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach I read Parker …

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SPACE – Symposium for Part-Time, Adjunct and Contingent Educators

The Symposium for Part-time, Adjunct, and Contingent Educators (SPACE) is a conference where part-time, adjunct, and contingent faculty can present their original scholarship in a peer-reviewed, professional setting. SPACE also provides a venue for contingent faculty members to share what they are doing in the classroom and to connect with their contingent colleagues.  This year’s …

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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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