Teach & Tell

Once a month, the Center for Teaching hosts a casual lunch gathering for faculty to share teaching ideas and techniques with their colleagues. Topics so far have included a method for close reading and building rapport in the classroom, active learning, mentoring students, film in the classroom, research in the classroom, and others.

You can find current and past semester Teach & Tell videos, resources, and other information using the navigation menu on the left hand side. Be sure to check out our Teach & Tell archives for all the wonderful resources, techniques, and conversations about teaching which have happened at the University of the South. 

If you have an idea for a new Teach & Tell, please contact Betsy Sandlin or Jordan Troisi.

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Connected Colleagues

Formerly called the faculty mentorship program, the CfT sponsors a “connected colleagues” program that sponsors triads of faculty from different disciplines and ranks getting together over lunch or coffee to talk about teaching and the profession. If you would like to participate, please email Betsy Sandlin or Jordan Troisi

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Faculty Learning Communities

The CfT sponsors faculty learning communities, which bring small groups of faculty together in a casual setting to discuss topics of common interest. Current FLC’s include:

  • Liberal Education

If you have a book you would like to suggest for a future book group, or a topic for an FLC, please email Betsy Sandlin  or Jordan Troisi.


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Team Observing Peers

The Team Observing Peers (TOP) program enables faculty members to learn from each other through mutual observation. The goal is to gain new ideas, strategies, and techniques for classroom teaching and to share goals and common concerns. This program is formative, not evaluative; it is an avenue for faculty development. It will not be a part of anyone’s review process. 

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New Faculty Programming

The CfT works closely with Elizabeth Skomp, Associate Dean for Inclusion and Faculty Development, to provide orientation and year-long programming for our new faculty. This year’s schedule is as follows:

New Faculty Development Sessions

(Center for Teaching, 2nd floor of duPont Library)

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will take place from 3-5 p.m.

Friday, September 14, 2018, 4-5:30 p.m. (Torian Room)
- Course design / proposing new courses (with a representative from the Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee)
- "Small teaching" and practical pedagogical strategies 

Friday, November 2, 2018, 3-5 p.m. (Center for Teaching)
- Mid-semester feedback and problem-solving protocol
- Optional consultation: syllabi and practical pedagogical strategies

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 12-2 p.m. (Center for Teaching)
- Reflections on the first semester 

Friday, February 1, 2019, 3-5 p.m. (Center for Teaching)
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion: the inclusive classroom

Friday, March 1, 2019, 3-5 p.m. (Center for Teaching)
- Getting to know the University: student and staff panels

Friday, April 12, 2019, 3-5 p.m. (Center for Teaching)
- Balancing teaching, research, and service: reflecting on the first year and preparing for the second-year review
- Brief overview of College and University committees and service




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Co-sponsoring Talks & Events

We are always happy to assist groups on campus hoping to organize a talk, workshop or event that promotes excellence in teaching. We have co-sponsored events with the Director of Advising, the Mellon Globalization Forum, the QEP initiative (speaking and listening), and more.  If you or your group have ideas for an event or would like to reserve the CfT space, please contact Betsy Sandlin or Jordan Troisi

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