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

Fall 2007

AMS 398T • Supervised Teaching in American Studies

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30580 TH
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
BUR 436B

Course Description

This goal of this course is to provide you with practical tools for teaching your own college-level course in American Studies and related fields, and to introduce you to some of the larger issues around teaching in higher education. Topics covered will include: course development and design; pedagogical methods; creating effective assignments; leading discussion; lecturing; using writing as a teaching tool; testing and evaluation (i.e. grading); integrating technology; guiding student research; advising and mentoring; balancing teaching and research; and motivating students' learning. Throughout the course we will reflect upon the qualities of good teaching, and, in particular, good teaching of interdisciplinary material.


The main text we will likely use is Peter Filene, The Joy of Teaching: A Practical Guide for New College Instructors. Other possible texts include: John C. Bean, Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom. Barbara Gross Davis, Tools for Teaching Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach Donald Kennedy, Academic Duty


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