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Teaching Day 2016

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Teaching Day 2016

GW’s sixth annual Teaching Day focuses on how to assess and support critical thinking and on GW faculty research on their teaching. All GW faculty are invited to attend all or part of the day with registration free of charge. See the full schedule and speaker’s bio below for details.

Please join us for continental breakfast, conversation, and considerations around the latest research on teaching and learning. Register here.



Faculty Breakfast and Sign-in (Marvin Center 3rd Floor)


Interactive Keynote with Professor Chris Anson

How to Assess and Support Critical Thinking: Looking together at student work and challenges. (Discussion and activities)

12:00 –1:30pm

GW Faculty Poster Session: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) presentations

Interactive Keynote

How to Assess and Support Critical Thinking: Looking together at student work and challenges. Professor Chris Anson

This session will widen participants’ toolbox of effective approaches to assessing student work and constructing assignments, activities, and feedback to help students develop critical capacities. Participants will examine samples of student work from multiple disciplines and engage with colleagues in discussing options and approaches. Our keynote presenter Chris Anson has spent a career exploring the development and use of critical thinking through writing across the disciplines with faculty across the U.S. and internationally. Please see Professor Anson’s bio below of his distinguished work in this area.

GW Faculty Poster Session

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Initiatives

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), research on your teaching, is a growing area of research and discussion at top universities across the country. We are excited to be joining their ranks through this inaugural effort of faculty work.

Come hear your faculty colleagues discuss their research efforts, big and small,  as they work to gauge changes over time, examine how students understand aspects or concepts in a course, assess the effectiveness of a particular assignment, assessment or intervention. It is an ultimate blending of research teaching know-how. This session is co-sponsored by GW’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

A program of faculty presenters will be available here in mid-September.  Areas will include:

  • Active Learning
  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Course/Curriculum Design/Redesign
  • Innovative Pedagogical Approaches
  • Online Learning and Teaching

Keynote Presenter Bio

Chris Anson, Ph.D., Professor and Noted Author

Photo: Chris AnsonDr. Anson is Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program at North Carolina State University, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in language, composition, and literacy and works with faculty across the disciplines to enhance writing and speaking instruction. He has published fifteen books and over 120 articles and book chapters relating to writing and has spoken widely across the U. S. and 27 others countries, recently leading faculty sessions at Dartmouth and Carleton Colleges and Rice University. He is Past Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication and Past President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators.

Dr. Anson has received numerous awards, including the State of Minnesota Higher Education Teaching Excellence Award and the Governor's Star Service Award for his service-learning. He has won or participated in over $1 million in grants, including from the National Science Foundation. He is co-author of Digital Literacies, An Activity-Based Approach for Teaching Digital Writing and is under contract  for a new edited collection on the transfer of writing ability across contexts. He is co-principle in a  NSF grant, "The Role of Instructor and Peer Feedback in Improving the Cognitive, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal Competencies of Student Writers in STEM Courses. He received his Ph.D. and second M.A. in English with a specialization in composition studies from Indiana University, and his B.A. and first M.A. in English from Syracuse University.

His full c.v. is at www.ansonica.net

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, October 14, 2016 -
8:30am to 1:30pm
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Marvin Center 3rd Floor
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The University Teaching and Learning Center

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