Faculty Teaching Excellence Program




Diane Sieber, President’s Teaching Scholar and Associate Professor, College of Engineering, Director, Herbst Program of Humanities

The first class meeting sets the stage for the entire semester; how you present yourself, the course, and the academic field on the first day matters. This session addresses the elements that comprise a meaningful first day: preparing an effective syllabus, establishing clear ground rules and expectations for the course, creating appropriate instructor “authority” and presence, shaping an environment conducive to effective learning, communicating your passion for the subject matter to your students, and addressing your own concerns about establishing rapport with a group of people whom you don’t yet know. After twenty years of teaching, I still find the first day of class both thrilling and frightening.


Title Date Time
Session I Wednesday, August 18 2:00-3:30 PM


This event will be held in Visual Arts Complex 1B20 (Art & Art History) .

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