Brilliance Is Not Enough: When Educational Demands Push Beyond Disciplinary Expertise
February 18, 2011
University of Illinois
8:00-8:30 Registration and coffee - Illini Union Rooms A/B
9:00-10:30 Plenary Session
The landscape of college and university teaching has been changing in ways that faculty and administrators can be reluctant to admit: at many institutions, it’s necessary but no longer sufficient to be brilliant in one’s discipline. There is a growing demand to broaden teaching repertoires and teach on the edge of one’s expertise. This does not, however, have to be the excruciating squeeze of a square peg in a round hole. How can we position our doctoral graduates to enter the professoriate with the tools and attitudes needed to navigate such challenges? And what can we learn from professors who have mastered this mindset (and skill set) that might inform, invigorate, and improve our own teaching?
1:30-2:30 Optional Workshop - “Teaching Outside One’s Comfort Zone” - Illini Union Room 314A