GOV 398T • Supv Teaching in Government
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
This seminar is a requirement for those wanting to teach their own courses at the University of Texas as Assistant Instructors. Since most of you intend to obtain an academic position, you will hopefully find this offering useful as its purpose is to enhance your confidence and effectiveness as a teacher. We will focus on designing a syllabus, lecturing effectively, leading engaging discussions, motivating students, heading off problems with students, and learning from student feedback, etc. We will also talk and think about grading, challenges specific to teaching political science, and dealing with controversial issues. If at the end of this course you will be more comfortable and self-assured in the classroom, we will have succeeded. I also hope that we can use this series of meetings as an opportunity to discuss the broader career issues social science professors face.
McKeachie, Wilbert and Marilla Svinicki. 2006. McKeachie's Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company; 12th edition. (Mac) Additional readings appear under the class schedule. If I come across additional readings of interesting I may assign them as the semester progresses. Likewise, if you happen upon an article that you think would benefit our discussions feel free to bring it to our attention.