Past News from the Center

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.

“Flipping Your Course” Institute at the Sheridan Center

Tuesday July 21 – Thursday July 23
9 am – 3 pm each day (lunch provided)
Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning

This intensive three-day workshop introduces the key components of flipped course design and prepares instructors to flip their own courses. Through a combination of hands-on activities, presentation, and discussion, we will work through the essentials of flipping a course, from designing online and in-class materials to facilitating learning activities in the classroom.

To apply, please complete this form by May 15th. Due to space limitations, registration is limited to Brown faculty (any rank), postdoctoral scholars, and designated graduate teaching assistants. A small stipend is available for faculty participants.

More information about the Institute is available here. If you have any questions, please





Visit The Sheridan Center's New Laboratory for Educational Innovation Website!

The Sheridan Center's Laboratory for Educational Innovation fosters innovative approaches to enhancing teaching and learning at Brown through digital technologies and new media. Visit the Laboratory's new website to learn more about our work and to read about some of our recent projects.

Call for Applications- Certificate V: Principles and Practice in Reflective Mentorship

Applications are solicited from graduate students who will have advanced to Ph.D. candidacy prior to the start of the 2015-2016 academic year. All applicants must complete the online application form (linked here: ) and submit additional materials (in a single .pdf file) via email to by May 12, 2015 at 11:59pm.
Just as the activities involved in the two practice-based component tracks will differ, applications to these tracks will require different elements. Descriptions of the two tracks and specific criteria for selection are described in this document.

Congratulations to the recipients of the Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning!

The Sheridan Center is pleased to announce the 2014 winners of the Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning, Dr. Luba Dumenco (Depts of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School) & Dr. Stéphanie Ravillon (Dept of French Studies).  Read more about their outstanding Accomplishments.

Welcome Jessica Metzler, our new Associate Director of Humanities and Social Sciences!

At the Sheridan Center, Jessica will collaborate with faculty, graduate students, and postdocs in the Humanities and Social Sciences on teaching and professional development projects and workshops, including the Junior Faculty Roundtable and Orientation sessions for new faculty and graduate student instructors. She will also lead the Center’s Course Design Seminar (Certificate II) and Professional Development Seminar (Certificate III) in 2015-2016.
Read more about Jessica.

Former Teaching Consultant Cristina Serverius highlights Sheridan Center on Brown Global Voices

See video


Help us grow the Sheridan Center Conversation Tree!

Prompted by our interest in sustaining conversations started in the Fall Semester around the Sheridan Center's annual theme of Communication, and inspired in particular by a campus-wide performance by the University of Michigan's CRLT Players, we've placed a Conversation Tree in the main entrance of the Center. The tree presents handwritten tags, initially collected from the audience at the CRLT Players' performance, that reflect on a range of issues and concerns that affect us as individuals and as members of the wider Brown community.These issues include student and faculty diversity, staff experiences, work-life balance, and educational climate. We invite all members of the Brown community to stop by the Center, to reflect on these tags, and to contribute their own tags to this ongoing conversation about topics that matter at Brown.

Brown forms Partnership with The Lincoln School for Girls to offer Introduction to Engineering

The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning is collaborating with the School of Engineering to design a hands-on, nine-week engineering course for high school girls.    Read more.

Deadline Reminder: December 31st

Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning.
Nominations should be submitted no later than December 31, 2104 to

The schedule for conversations following the Transformative Conversations@Brown campus-wide performance by the University of Michigan’s CRLT Players is now available. 

Please check here for the details of conversations being held across campus by various groups, centers, and offices. The conversations will focus on themes highlighted in the performance, including diversity in the classroom, time management, and anxiety.

A Campus-Wide Transformative Conversations Performance

(7 into 15) + 1 Performance

Presented by the University of Michigan's CRLT PlayersWednesday, November 19th, 2014, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, Salomon 101

Come join us for a high-energy, performance that unveils the different ways we engage with and experience Brown. Through vivid sketches, re-visit your own experiences through the eyes of others and engage in transformative conversations. As a nationally renowned touring theatre company housed in the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning & Teaching, the Players use a variety of performance modes and facilitation strategies to spark dialogue, promote inclusivity, and effect positive change. Follow-up discussion sessions and forums will be scheduled across campus by various groups, centers and offices. Please RSVP if you would like to attend.

Welcome Jessica Brodsky '14, the new Digital and Online Learning Designer.  
At the Sheridan Center, Jessica works with faculty, students, and staff on digital and online projects to enrich teaching and learning at Brown. She is also part of an interdisciplinary research team studying visualizations in science education.
Learn more about Jessica on our website.

Sheridan Certificate V Mentorship Program participants selected.

The 2014-15 cohort for the Certificate V Mentorship Program have been selected.  Read about their projects here

New publication from the Sheridan Center:

A Metacognitive Approach to Mapping Collaborative Inquiry through E-Portfolios
For more information on e-portfolios for learning see the upcoming AAEEBL Annual E-portfolio Conference in Boston July 28 - 31. 

Grant boosts undergraduate STEM teaching

The Sheridan Center is co-leading a new $1.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to implement innovative, evidence-based transformations in introductory science classes to enhance STEM education at Brown.  Learn more.

2014 University Awards recipients 

The 2014 University Awards Ceremony was held on May 5 in Sayles Hall. The annual ceremony, a celebration of teaching and excellence at Brown, honored nearly 70 faculty and graduate students for their work in teaching, advising, mentorship, and research. Among the awards given were the Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards, the Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning, and the Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship. The full list of award winners is available online.

Request for Course Development Proposals
Development of Experimental Teaching Modules

The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning is accepting proposals to develop experimental modules or new courses that pursue creative approaches to teaching and learning at Brown.  Proposals will be accepted beginning on April 1, 2014, and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with John Melson to discuss their proposal prior to submission.  Learn more and apply.

Sheridan Center Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows win recognition
Junior Faculty Teaching Fellow Thomas Serre has received a CAREER Award from the National Science FoundationJunior Faculty Teaching Fellow Monica Linden has been accepted to attend the NSF Biology Scholars Program, where she will join a community of faculty across the life sciences to engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Congratulations to the Recipients of the Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning! 

The Sheridan Center is pleased to announce the 2013 winners of the Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning, Barbara Tannenbaum (TAPS) and Michael Paradiso (Neuroscience).  They are exemplary teachers, mentors and leaders, who have inspired and supported their colleagues and graduate students across Brown throughout their careers.  View photos from this years ceremony.

Brown University Coursera Course Re-Launch 

Professor Sue Alcock will be teaching her innovative massive open online course, Archaeology's Dirty Little Secrets, for the second time beginning on February 24, 2014.  Developed with support from the Sheridan Center, last summer's successful first offereing attracted participants of all ages from more then 120 countries.  This new version of the course offers revised course materials and draws Brown students in Prof. Alcock's spring semester "Field Archaeology in the Ancient World" class into a global conversation about the study and practice of archaeology.

Sheridan Center's New Mentorship Program Helps Bring Renowned Women Composers/Performers in Experimental Computer Music to the Campus

Opensignal: a dynamic reconfiguring of women in computer music from MEME (Multimedia & Electronic Music Experiments) is supported by the Sheridan Center's Principles & Practice in Reflective Mentorship Program.  Through collaborative peer mentorship, the graduate and undergraduate students in the program have successfully created and produced a compilation of sound works.  For more information visit: Opensignal.

Congratulations to the Recipients of the Reginald D. Archambault Award for Teaching Excellence:

Arseny Khakhalin, Teaching Consultant.
Lauren Quattrochi, Teaching Consultant and Participant in the Center's new Mentorship program. 
Michelle Fogerson, Participant in the Center's new Mentorship program. 

First Cohort of the Sheridan Center's New Mentorship Program Selected

We are pleased to announce that the first cohort has been selected for Principles & Practice in Reflective Mentorship Program, a new Center program for graduate students in mentorship skills development.  In this program, the following teams and pairs of graduate and undergraduate students are pursuing scholarly development or examining research questions in a way that both gives the graduate students opportunities to practice critical mentorship skills and promotes undergraduate students' intellectual development.  Graduate student mentors also receive training in positive mentorship principles and practices.  Learn more about this program and the first cohort of participants.

Sheridan Teaching Consultants Win Best Poster Award

 Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences graduate students Neal Fox and Megan Reilly, who currently serve as Sheridan Teaching Consultants, were awarded Best Poster by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology for a poster they presented at the Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology in October 2013.  Their poster was titled "Significantly Different: A meta-analysis of the gap between statistics students learn and statistics psychologists use."

Congratulations Neal and Megan!

Welcome to Kathryn Trenshaw, the new AAU Postdoctoral Fellow at the Sheridan Center

Kathryn has joined the Sheridan Center to support the Association of American Universities (AAU) grant initiative addressing mathematical competency among STEM students to prepare them to succeed in science courses and in research. The Center will support STEM departments (including Chemistry, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Neuroscience and Engineering) in curriculum development, graduate student pedagogical training, and the implementation of effective teaching practices. 
Kathryn earned her Ph.D. in Engineering Education and M.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her dissertation focused on improving students' affective outcomes in core engineering courses using student teams. She also has a personal research interest in the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students in STEM fields and hopes to promote LGBTQ supportive practices in higher education with her future work.

Brown Awarded AAU Stem Grant

The Association of American Universities has announced that Brown has been selected as one of eight universities to institutionalize evidence-based teaching in STEM fields.  The Sheridan Center will play a key role in this $500,000 project, which addresses mathematical competency among STEM concentrators to prepare students to succeed in interdisciplinary and research-based science courses.  The Center will support the implementation of effective teaching practices amongst several STEM departments across Brown and train graduate students.  Those departments include Chemistry, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Neuroscience and Engineering.

Sheridan Center Executive Director Elected to ISSOTL Presidency

Sheridan Center Executive Director Kathy Takayama has been elected to serve as the President of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL).  ISSOTL supports and disseminates scholarly work on teaching and learning across the disciplines and promotes collaboration of scholars in different countries and the application of the scholarship of teaching and learning across national boundaries.