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NYU Center for Teaching Excellence Announces Spring Programs

February 15, 2013

The following Center for Teaching Excellence programs, except where indicated, are open to NYU faculty members and graduate students. Registration is required, as space is limited.

Video for Knowledge Building and Assessment

Professor Nirupama Rao and Instructional Technologist Phillip Servati; Professor Tazuko Shibusawa and Instructional Technologist Kristopher Moore
Thursday, February 21. 12:30-2:00 p.m., Kimmel Center Room 802

This session will consist of two presentations.

Building Baseline Knowledge with Video: Do you often wish that all of your students came to your class with the same foundation of knowledge? Do you spend vital classroom time at the start of each semester reviewing foundational information for students? Regain this vital classroom time but still ensure that your students are learning necessary content by creating small video content segments which students can review at their own pace.

Video Assessments in Teaching and Learning: Learn how to develop conceptual observation and assessment models that are discipline and content focused to help support balanced, reliable, and valid instructional methods.  Understand how to locate and target media rich content and how to develop in-class support structures that complement your learning environment(s) and align with your instructional goals.

NYU faculty members and graduate students are invited to participate in this program, sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment limited.


Teaching at the Tap Room

Ralph Katz, Professor and Chair, NYU College of Dentistry

Tuesday, February 26. 5:00-7:00 p.m., NYU Torch Club, 18 Waverly Place

Professor Katz will discuss his experiences with NYU College of Arts and Sciences freshman students in the use of film to complement reading assignments, and invites faculty members to share their experiences. Teaching at the Tap Room offers the chance for faculty to come together to discuss pedagogical issues with experts and peers alike, while enjoying drinks and refreshments in an informal and relaxed setting. This program is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. Enrollment limited to NYU faculty members.


Janice Cutler Symposium on Undergraduate Science Education

Brian Coppola, University of Michigan;  Diane Ebert-May, Michigan State University; Edward F. (Joe) Redish, University of Maryland

moderated by:

Michael Purugganan, New York University

Friday, March 1. 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center

250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Teaching Excellence and the New York Academy of Sciences.

This symposium features panel presentations by three distinguished science educators—representing the disciplines of chemistry, biology, and physics—who will share their experiences and insights about undergraduate science education. Drawing on general educational principles and discipline-specific themes, the presentations will highlight research-based innovations in curriculum design, pedagogy, and assessment that enable students to learn science more effectively. These methods include active learning, scientific teaching, and a focus on student learning outcomes. Following the presentations, participants will engage in a roundtable workshop session with the goal of implementing a teaching innovation within their own science courses and assessing its impact on student learning. The symposium will provide faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students in a range of disciplines with the knowledge and skills to improve teaching and learning in undergraduate science courses.

NYU faculty members, graduate students, and postdocs are invited to participate in this program free of charge. Register at the NYAS website.

Cut and paste this link into your web browser, click on ‘Register Now,’ and enter the registration code NYUFREE


The Syllabus as a Story

David Irving, Associate Professor, Tisch School of the Arts
Thursday, March 7. 12:30-2:00 p.m., Kimmel Center Room 914

The syllabus is a contract between the teacher and student. It makes clear what it is the student will be taught as well as the work he or she must perform.  Each class outlined in the syllabus builds one upon the other until the entire story is revealed.

Drawing from his recently published book Elements of College Teaching, Professor Irving leads an interactive discussion on the art and craft of college teaching.  Topics include the power of the syllabus and engaging through the dramatic shape of a class period.

NYU faculty members and graduate students are invited to participate in this program, sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. Discounted copies of Professor Irving’s book will be available for purchase at this event. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment limited.


Teaching at the Tap Room

Director, UNCF/Mellon Programs Associate Professor and Trustee, Spelman College; and Patricia Morris Carey, NYU Associate Vice Provost, Diversity Programs and Student Affairs

Wednesday, April 10. 5:00-7:00 p.m., NYU Torch Club, 18 Waverly Place

Dr. Spence and Dean Carey will conduct an interactive discussion on strategies for dealing with some of the challenges presented by today’s diverse classroom.

NYU faculty members are invited to participate in this program, sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. Refreshments will be provided.


To register for these programs, please see the Center for Teaching Excellence website.

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