Synergia | Teaching

The Disability Resources office has updated the syllabus statement for the 2015-16 academic year. Please be sure to update your syllabi with the new statement.
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Midterm break offers an opportunity to gather student feedback and make minor course corrections before the end of the semester.
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Cynthia Sarver and Michael Wilder, Instructional Designers
Though it seems as if we’re just getting started, midterm grading will be upon us before another issue of Synergia crosses your desktop. This feedback lets students see how they are faring in courses, activating, if need be, a network of support to help them get back on track before the semester’s end. But midterm grading can also provide faculty with a valuable opportunity for reflecting upon how they are faring as teachers.
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Inaugural Course Design for the Common Good workshop a success. Twenty faculty from across St. Thomas came together on campus and online during the frigid weeks of January 2016 to re-imagine their courses and refresh their assignments for Spring semester. ‌
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Dr. Ann Johnson, Director of Faculty Development, Professor of Psychology‌‌
As you know, at colleges and universities across the country students are pressing administrators and faculty to confront racism and privilege within their institutions and classrooms. UST students have spoken up, and across our campus plans are being made now to create conversation and training opportunities for staff and faculty. In Faculty Development we are devoting all of Spring semester to providing avenues for faculty to examine implicit bias, recognize and deal with microaggressions, and build skills for guiding difficult classroom conversations.
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In their December 11, 2015 email to faculty and staff, Drs. Sullivan and Plumb encouraged the St. Thomas community to "...support our multicultural student groups by participating in cultural heritage events on campus, visit the Faculty Development website for resources on how to promote inclusion in the classroom, critically examine your worldview by taking one of the Harvard Implicit Association tests, and create a learning community where a robust exchange of ideas occurs on the complexity of 21st century social justice challenges."
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