Brilliance Is Not Enough: When Educational Demands Push Beyond Disciplinary Expertise

February 18, 2011
Illini Union
University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign


8:00-8:30 Registration and coffee - Illini Union Rooms A/B
Posters available for viewing
Illini Union Bookstore table open

8:30-8:45 Overview
Cheelan Bo-Linn, Center for Teaching Excellence

8:45-9:00 Welcome
Richard Wheeler, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost (Interim)

9:00-10:30 Plenary Session
"Brilliance Is Not Enough: When Educational Demands Push Beyond  Disciplinary Expertise"

Therese Huston, founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and adjunct professor of psychology at Seattle University

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? 

Break and Light Refreshments

10:45-12:00 Round Table Discussions

12:15             Adjourn

1:30-2:30      Optional Workshop - “Teaching Outside One’s Comfort Zone” - Illini Union Room 314A
The interactive afternoon workshop builds on the morning plenary and offers an opportunity to apply some of the concepts directly to one’s syllabus and assignments. Faculty will be working on a segment of a course that tackles new concepts, applications, or readings or on a segment that revisits concepts that have changed radically in the years since you last encountered them.  Participants will leave with strategies for managing their workload, teaching difficult topics, and deciding what to prioritize in class. 
Additional registration required.

The 2011 Annual Faculty Retreat is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs,
the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Office of Continuing Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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