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2011-2012 Seminar Series

Working at a Liberal Arts College: Getting in and Getting the Most Out of the Experience

Professor Carmel Levitan, Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science, Occidental Collegehttp://www.oxy.edu/x9724.xml 
Life at a liberal arts college requires a balance of teaching and research quite different from that at an R1 institution. We will discuss what you can do to be a competitive job applicant as well as what it is like once you get there, including some strategies for success. 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
5:30 PM
Location Beckman Institute Auditorium

 

Tips for TAs and Aspiring Professors: Come Learn About Effective Teaching at the College Level

Dr. Robyn Dunbar, Senior Associate Director of Stanford's Center for Teaching and Learning 
This Friday the Graduate Studies Office and the Caltech Project for Effective Teaching (CPET) will co-sponsor a professional development seminar for teaching assistants and aspiring faculty. The program is titled "Tips for TAs and Aspiring Professors: Come learn about effective teaching at the college level". The workshop will be held in Avery Library from 12:00 - 1:30. Lunch will be provided. You are advised to arrive early and get your lunch so that the program can begin on time. There is limited space so please respond quickly. Dr. Robyn Dunbar will be our presenter. Dr. Dunbar is the Senior Associate Director of Stanford's Center for Teaching and Learning. At Stanford, she consults with individual faculty and graduate students, as well as with academic departments, to support a variety of teaching and educational objectives. She is particularly active in promoting understanding about how people learn science and how to include inquiry-based science teaching practices in higher education. Robyn has received recognition for outstanding teaching as both a teaching assistant and as a faculty member. 
Friday, January 27, 2012
12:00 - 1:30 (Feel free to leave at 1:00 if necessary)
Location Avery Library 

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The Art of Scientific Presentations

Professor Armand R. Tanguay, Jr., Professor of Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, Ophthalmology, Physics and Astronomy; Neuroscience Graduate Program; University of Southern California 
One's capability to make clear, concise, interesting, and in some cases inspiring presentations to a wide variety of audiences is of considerable (and increasing) importance in scientific and engineering careers. These audiences are often friendly, in the sense that they are anxious to hear what you have to say (for example, when you present an invited paper at a scientific or technical conference). However, audiences are sometimes neutral (for example, when you present a contributed paper at a scientific or technical conference, or when you present a research seminar during a job search), or even a bit negative or adversarial (for example, when you present research proposals to qualifying examination committees, research grant review committees, or funding agencies). This seminar is focused on the key elements of highly successful scientific presentations, on the optimal design of visual aids, and on important presentation tips that can allow excellent results to be both understood and appreciated. 
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
5:30 PM
Location Beckman Institute Auditorium

Benefits and Strategies for Science Outreach in Our Local Public Schools

James Maloney, Caltech Classroom Connection Coordinator 
Collaborating with teachers of precollege students to enrich lessons with science, to make curriculum more engaging and reflective of the research process, and to increase student and teacher understanding, also provides benefits for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research partners. We will discuss experience drawn from coordinating the Caltech Classroom Connection (CCC), Summer Research Connection (SRC), workshops for the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), and from observing state and federal models for education partnership programs with institutes of higher education (IHE). The rewards for IHEs relate to the improved communication of science, teaching pedagogy, and experience with mentorship and group management. Many of these skills transfer to a range of STEM careers from professor to K-12 science teacher. An overview with tips and strategies for classroom practices and assessment will be presented. 
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
5:30 PM
Location Beckman Institute Auditorium

Getting Students to Teach Themselves, Instead of Lecturing at Them All the Time

Professor J. Morgan Kousser, Professor of History and Social Science at the California Institute of Technology 
About Professor Kousser 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
5:30 PM
Location Beckman Institute Auditorium

 

TA Seminar

Dr Robyn Dunbar, Senior Associate Director of Stanford’s Center for Teaching and Learning 
Dr. Robyn Dunbar is the Senior Associate Director of Stanford’s Center for Teaching and Learning. At Stanford, she consults with individual faculty and graduate students, as well as with academic departments, to support a variety of teaching and educational objectives. She is particularly active in promoting understanding about how people learn science and how to include inquiry-based science teaching practices in higher education. In this seminar she will cover issues related to teaching and learning, including how to engage students in their own learning and how to make the most of feedback and review sessions. 
Caltech TA Workshop Presentation

TA Role Prep and Challenge Responses

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
12:00 PM
Location Moore 070