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GradEXPO: Teaching Philosophies in Action


On April 5, 2012, six graduate student teaching assistants and teaching fellows, together with Arts & Sciences Acting Associate Dean Stephen Carr, convened at GradEXPO to discuss “Teaching  Philosophies in Action.”  Dr. Carr stressed the importance of teaching philosophies, not only as useful reflective statements on one’s own teaching, but also in the hiring process in academia.  The graduate student discussants explained how their unique and diverse philosophies of teaching—from “Get to know the students,” to “Linguistic Jazz: Teaching Communication Musically”—influence their actual teaching and student learning in the classroom, and vice versa.  The teaching philosophy of each participant is available below.

Grad students discuss their teaching philosophies.

Dean Carr’s remarks on teaching philosophies statements. 

For audio of the full discussion, click here.

For more on writing a Teaching Philosophy statement, see:http://www.celt.iastate.edu/teaching/philosophy.html

Margaret Rencewicz, Religious Studies, History
“By becoming better writers, students become better thinkers and thus, better students of history. With meaningful assignments and critical feedback, I can help students prepare for writing tasks in their future studies and work.”

David Landes, Communication & Rhetoric
“Linguistic Jazz: Teaching Communication Musically”

Gregory Gandenberger, History and Philosophy of Science
“One of the most important lessons a student can learn is that it is exceedingly difficult to develop defensible views about very basic questions.”

Maria Saldarriaga, Hispanic Languages and Literatures
“Successful learning is a collective experience that requires constant intervention and feedback by all parties involved.”

Jonathan Graf, Mathematics
“Get to know the students.”

Erica McGreevy, Biological Sciences
“Successful instructors impart enthusiasm for learning through high energy, engaging, and creative teaching.”

APRIL 2012


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