News from the Center

Welcome Sharon Swartz, our Interim Faculty Director!

Please join us in welcoming our interim faculty director, Professor Sharon Swartz of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Engineering. Sharon is a member of the Sheridan Center’s Advisory Board and we look forward to working closely with her as we continue serving the needs of Brown’s teaching and learning community.


2015-16 Re-envisioning Teaching and Learning at Brown

Each year, the Sheridan Center has a theme that informs our programming and creates links between our events and partners across campus. Our theme for 2015-16 is Re-envisioning Teaching and Learning at Brown. Join us at events throughout the year as we explore ways to re-envision different aspects of teaching and learning across disciplines, learning environments, and communities. 

Farewell to Sheridan Center Executive Director Kathy Takayama

Kathy Takayama will be assuming a new position as Associate Provost and Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Columbia University at the end of August. Please join us for her farewell reception on Tuesday August 18th at the Faculty Club (3:30 - 5 pm).

Welcome Shawn Nordell, our new Associate Director of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Disciplines (STEM)!

At the Sheridan Center, Shawn works with faculty, post-docs, graduate, and undergraduate students in the STEM disciplines on pedagogical and professional development. She leads the Certificate I: Sheridan Teaching Seminar – Reflective Teaching, and Certificate III: The Professional Development Seminar for the STEM disciplines.  In addition, she works with the Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows and runs the New Teaching Assistant Orientation. 

Read more about Shawn.

2015-16 Head Teaching Consultants

The Sheridan Center’s 2015-16 Head Teaching Consultants are Alexandra Collins Mathwig, History of Art and Architecture, and Ryan Maloney, Neuroscience. Head Teaching Consultants work with the Director of the Certificate IV Program to co-facilitate training sessions, mentor peers, and facilitate communication and feedback between the Sheridan Center and the Teaching Consultant community.

Read more about Ali and Ryan.

2015-16 Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows

The Sheridan Center is pleased to announce our 2015-16 Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows:

Lisa Dicarlo, Sociology
Jennifer Franck, School of Engineering
Jennifer Lambe, History
Jeremy Mumford, History

The Sheridan Center’s Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows Program provides tenure-track assistant professors and lecturers with an opportunity to engage in professional development activities targeted toward early career faculty. Fellows have the opportunity to refine their teaching skills and learn to teach more efficiently, while engaging in these activities in a community of other scholars.

Registration is Now Open for Certificate Programs

Registration opens July 1st for the following Sheridan Center Teaching Certificate Programs:

Certificate I - Sheridan Teaching Seminar: Reflective Teaching  - Teaching practices, assessment strategies and communication skills based on how students learn.
Certificate II* - Course Design Seminar: Principles + Practice - Course design, teaching and assessment strategies applied to a model course (limited enrollment).
Certificate III* - Professional Development Seminar - Teaching portfolios, cover letters, CVs, presentation skills, and interview practice for the academic job market  (limited enrollment).
Certificate IV* - Teaching Consultant Program - Peer observation and feedback, leadership skills, and discussion facilitation (limited enrollment).

* Certificate I is a prerequisite for these programs.

New TA Orientation to Teaching at Brown

Tues, Sept 8, 9am-12pm
Sayles Hall

Register here by August 24th (note the program may fill before the registration deadline).

New Faculty Orientation to Teaching at Brown
Thurs, Sept 3, 9-11:30am
Pembroke Hall

Register here for the Fall 2015 New Faculty Orientation.

New Faculty Orientation Workshop: Teaching for the First Time
Thurs, Sept 3, 12:30-1:30pm
Sheridan Center

Lunch will be served. RSVP here to reserve a place at this workshop.

New Faculty Orientation Workshop: Interactive Classrooms
Tues, Sept 8, 2-3pm
Sheridan Center

RSVP here to reserve a place at this workshop.


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