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Calla E. Chancellor
GRDSCH 630
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in College/University Teaching

Interdisciplinary discussion of topics related to college/university teaching, with an emphasis on innovative teaching and preparing for faculty careers. Designed to address topics across disciplines, as a complement to discipline-specific courses offered in departments. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

This course is designed for graduate students who are interested in becoming college or university professors. Activities and readings will revolve around evidence-based pedagogies and practices in higher education, focusing on effective course design and assessment as well as promoting active learning and an inclusive classroom. Students will produce a teaching statement and become familiar with expectations for an academic teaching portfolio.

Student learning goals

Build skills in promoting and assessing student learning, using technology effectively, and teaching inclusively.

Assess one’s own teaching and plan for future development as a teacher.

Develop materials for a teaching portfolio as a means to reflect on and document one’s work as a teacher.

General method of instruction

This course will incorporate discussions, group exercises, student presentations, opportunities to practice teaching, and guest speakers.

Recommended preparation

There are no prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will include the development of a teaching statement, peer review, and miscellaneous in-class and out of class work.

This course is C/NC; credit will be given for full participation in class sessions and completion of all assignments.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Calla E. Chancellor
Date: 11/05/2013