Center for Teaching and Learning

Advances in Higher Education Research Seminar

This seminar series highlights original research in college-level learning and instruction. Multidisciplinary in scope, each seminar addresses the broad themes of our work as instructors, including the cognitive processes by which students learn, and the classroom context in which they do so.

All seminars are free and open to the public. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and opportunities for discussion.

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Spring quarter seminars

Amy D. Robertson, Research Associate Professor of Physics, Seattle Pacific University
Responsive Teaching and Social Justice

Speaker: Amy D. Robertson

Tuesday, April 16 (2:30 to 3:20 p.m.) Odegaard 220

Responsive teaching is an instructional approach that attends to and builds on the beginnings of disciplinary ideas and practices in student thinking. This kind of teaching is about really listening to students, trusting that their ideas are sensible to them, and seeking to understand what they mean and the possibilities for learning within.

In this interactive talk, Professor Robertson will use a seminal example to define responsive teaching in context. Seminar participants will also explore the possibilities and limitations of this instructional approach for teaching for social justice.

Amy D. Robertson is a research associate professor of physics at Seattle Pacific University. Robertson is co-editor of Responsive Teaching in Science and Mathematics, a compilation of research on responsive teaching published by Routledge in 2016. Her research focuses on equity in physics education and on instructional approaches that seek to understand and build on students’ intuitive ideas in science.

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Manka Varghese, UW College of EducationEnglish Learners/Multilingual Students’ Transitions to and Experiences in Higher Education

Speaker: Manka Varghese

Tuesday, May 7 (2:30 to 3:20 p.m.) Odegaard 220

Manka Varghese is an associate professor at the UW College of Education. Her scholarship, teaching, and service focus on improving the schooling experiences and ultimately the lives of emergent bilingual/multilingual youth. Her work views teacher education as teacher identity development so as to more effectively teach emergent bilingual/multilingual youth, and endeavors to enhance student supports and pathways in improved curriculum and pedagogy.

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Gillian Harkins, associate professor of English and adjunct associate professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality StudiesBeyond Bars: Higher Education and Carceral Space

Speaker: Gillian Harkins

Tuesday, May 28 (2:30 to 3:20 p.m.) Odegaard 220

Gillian Harkins is an associate professor of English and adjunct associate professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the UW.  She specializes in cultural studies of the novel and contemporary sexual politics as well as the intersection between education justice and prison abolition. She currently works with three regional higher education in prison programs in the Puget Sound Area.

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