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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Spring 2006

AMS 398T • Supervised Teaching in American Studies

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
28730 TH
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
GAR 301

Course Description

This course is required of all doctoral students in the Department of American Studies and is intended to facilitate learning how to teach American Studies classes. It is based on the realization that, traditionally, college and university teachers receive extensive research training, but little in the craft of teaching. This is lamentable given that a significant component of one's daily work at research universities, state universities, and liberal arts colleges consists of teachingboth in the classroom and outside in terms of class preparation, grading, and meeting with students. With this in mind, "Supervised Teaching in American Studies" seeks to begin the preparation of college and university teachers before their first post-graduate job. In this course, students will discuss various aspects of American Studies pedagogy including course preparation and syllabus construction, techniques for teaching large lower-division lecture courses and small upper-division seminars, and the use of a wide variety of documents in teaching and creating class assignments. Most fundamentally, we will explore what makes for good teaching and great teachers.


Alan Brinkley, et al, The Chicago Handbook for Teachers: A Practical Guide to the College Classroom (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999. Ken Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2004) Selected readings held on electronic reserve.


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