Faculty Teaching Excellence Program




Michael Zimmerman , Professor of Philosophy

According to empirical studies, a successful first day of a college course helps to insure a successful course overall. In this symposium, we will discuss important ingredients needed to make your first day go well. These ingredients include: Preparing an effective syllabus; stating clear ground rules and expectations for the course, including class attendance: establishing appropriate instructor “authority”; creating an environment conducive to effective learning; communicating your passion for the subject matter to your students; and addressing your own fear and anxiety about working in front of a group of people whom you don’t know. Teaching can and should be rewarding for everyone concerned.


Title Date Time
Session I Wednesday, 8/20 2:00-3:30 PM


This event will be held in ATLAS 102 .

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