Category Archives: In The Classroom



Written by Adolfo Garcia, Associate Professor of Communications

Recently my friend and colleague, David Voelker, sent me an article about contemplative pedagogy (Faculty Focus, 2015).  The article reminded me how important it is to be mindful…in the classroom…for both me and my students.  That is why I choose to teach and model meditation practices.  This past Fall in my Communication 340 course (Mediation and Conflict Resolution) we started each day with 5-10 minutes of mediation. Continue reading


Learning about Teaching in an Unexpected Place

Written by Aaron Weinschenk, Assistant Professor of Political Science

This past January, I got the chance to see the Preservation Hall Jazz Band while I was visiting New Orleans. It was awesome. Preservation Hall is legendary and the music is glorious. During the concert, I marveled at how engaging the band was. Afterwards, I started thinking about what the performance could teach me about being a better professor. Just to be clear, I didn’t attend the concert with the intention of gleaning insights about teaching. But, as I reflect back on what I witnessed, it occurs to me that a lot of the things that I observed could help me become a better and more thoughtful teacher. Continue reading


Flipping Physics

Written by Heidi Fencl, Associate Professor

As I  write this, I’m about half way through lesson planning to flip my introductory physics sequence.  These musings are on the process of flipping a course, rather than on effectiveness or student response.  I am excitedly, and perhaps naively, anticipating both when I teach the flipped sequence next fall. Continue reading


Not Your Mother’s Course …

“You and your group are walking in the woods when you find a bloody, unconscious young woman. You look through the backpack, you discover a two-way radio and a gas-mask. Her arm is wounded and looks badly infected but from this distance you can’t tell if it’s a bite or not. She’s starting to wake up. Work with your group to decide what to do.”

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Photo of Billie HOLIDAY

Singin’ The Textbook Blues

As I get nearer to the end of the semester (hard to believe) by necessity I am setting my sights on Spring, 2015. I am bringing a group of students to South Africa during the January Interim and so I must get my syllabi completed early (not my typical modus operandi) before I travel. And that leaves me to face one of my pedagogical demons on what to do about a textbook. Continue reading

Rippleys Math Equation

To Sum It All Up

Mathematics Senior Lecturer, Theresa Adsit, shares thoughts on her CATL Teaching Enhancement Grant funded project…

Having enjoyed the benefits of having randomized, computer generated homework problems available to assign to my Calculus and Intermediate Algebra students, I wanted to extend those same benefits to my Elementary Functions: Algebra and Trigonometry Math 104 students.  Continue reading