Past Events

Leading a First Readings Discussion: A Workshop for Facilitators

Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning

This workshop will equip First Readings seminar leaders with tools and strategies to facilitate thoughtful and productive discussion. Participants will learn techniques for creating a seminar environment conducive to discussion and develop strategies for starting, sustaining, and concluding a book discussion. This workshop will be offered twice and is appropriate for faculty and staff who will be facilitating a First Readings seminar.

English Language Learning Workshop: Interpreting Idioms and Acronyms

Sciences Library, Room 520

What does someone mean when they say "catch the RIPTA" or "meet me in The Ratty"? Join ELL Graduate Specialist Sara Gramley in exploring the local language of Brown and the surrounding community. Idioms, acronyms, and abbreviations will be decoded and discussed.
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English Language Learning Workshop: Email Etiquette at the University

Sciences Library, Room 520

Date & Times: Monday, August 28, 10:00am-11:00am
Where: Sciences Library, Room 520
Description: Join ELL Graduate Specialist Sara Gramley in exploring some do's and don'ts of email communication in a university setting.
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New Faculty Orientation to Teaching at Brown

Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Center

On Friday, August 25, the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning will offer its annual teaching orientation for faculty and postdoctoral fellows new to teaching at Brown. You may also be interested in resources the Sheridan has developed for syllabus design or for those new to teaching at Brown.

Please register if you plan to attend.  

University Awards Ceremony

Pembroke Hall, Room 305

Members of the Brown community are invited to honor the recipients of the University awards in Teaching at the 2017 Awards Ceremony. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of faculty and graduate students at this university-wide reception and ceremony. Sponsored by the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning.

Teaching Portfolios

Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning

This session, led by Sheridan Associate Director Jessica Metzler, will introduce participants to the elements of a teaching portfolio and discuss how portfolios can be part of an academic job search. The Academic Job Search series is co-sponsored by CareerLab and the Sheridan Center. Please register

Facilitating Controversial Discussions

Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning

Controversial discussions -- planned and unanticipated -- raise a number of challenging dynamics in the classroom. This session spotlights Brown faculty and their approaches to controversial discussions, with opportunities for participants to engage in some strategies and apply to critical incidents. This session will be co-facilitated by Matt Guterl (Africana Studies and American Studies), Björn Sandstede (Applied Math), Victoria Smith (Hispanic Studies), and Mary Wright (Sheridan). This workshop is open to junior faculty, lecturers and postdoctoral scholars.

Planning a Teaching Demonstration for the Academic Job Search

Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning

Some academic interviews now require a teaching presentation or demonstration as an indicator of instructional effectiveness. In this interactive session, we will discuss the range of formats a teaching demonstration can take, as well as questions to ask your interviewers beforehand. Workshop activities will help participants to construct a plan for a teaching demonstration, which can be tailored to different institutional and disciplinary settings. This workshop will be facilitated by Mary Wright, Director of the Sheridan Center.