Friday Forum & Workshops

GTP logoGraduate Teacher Program Friday Forum & Workshop Series
All workshops count toward GTP certificate requirements.
All graduate students, undergraduate teaching & learning assistants, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff are welcome at GTP events and activities.
For further information, please call 303-492-4902.

Friday Forum Workshop Archives

Fall:  2014, 2013, 20122011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.

Spring:  2014, 2013201220112010, 2009, 2008, 2007.

Fridays 11:00-Noon, ATLAS 200

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Friday Forum Spring 2015 Schedule PDF

January 30:

Public Speaking and Teaching: What Does One Have to Do with the Other?

John Jackson, Associate Professor, Communication

Modern pedagogy warns us against falling back on the lecture as the sole method of teaching. Nonetheless, you may be asked to teach in a large-lecture format at some point during your teaching career. This workshop will focus on principles of public speaking that translate effectively into the classroom setting.

February 6:

Presence of Body: Boosting Your Confidence, Comfort and Impact as a Presenter

Jim Walker, Instructor, Program for Writing & Rhetoric

Relax! No—really. In this session we will explore and practice techniques for being a more physically confident—and effective— public presenter. Learn stage techniques to achieve greater focus, presence, comfort and (therefore) connection with your audience. Particularly suited for introverts and (aspiring / recovering) academics.

February 13:

Dealing with Your Fears about Public Speaking

Laura L. B. Border, Director, Graduate Teacher Program

It is a rare individual who experiences no trepidation about public speaking. In this workshop, we will identify major fears academics experience when addressing large groups and discuss how to support yourself emotionally and physically for successful public speaking.

February 20:

Telling Your Science Story

Jane Palmer, Science Writer and Radio Journalist

To really impact society with your research means you need to talk about it—to the public, to the media, sometimes even to policymakers. It only takes a few tips and tricks to learn how to make your science fascinating and engaging to any audience. Please come with a pen and paper and be prepared to leave wanting to tell your science story!

February 27:

Talking to the Media about Your Research

Laura Snider, Science Editor, University Communications

Learn about opportunities to talk to the media about your research, what makes research newsworthy, and how to best communicate complicated research concepts to reporters. We’ll also talk about how CU-Boulder’s Office of Media Relations and News Services can help connect you to reporters using news releases, pitching stories or including you on expert tip sheets.

March 6:

Preparing to Talk on Your Intellectual Work

Polly McLean, Associate Professor, CMCI

Professor McLean teaches courses in media, culture, communication, globalization and international development; publishes; and is an invited speaker nationally and internationally. Today she will share her approach to identifying and limiting your topic, organizing your content, and illustrating your content with media.

March 13:

The Art of Public Speaking: From the Classroom to the World

Melinda Barlow, Associate Professor, Film Studies

Effective public speaking is an invaluable asset both in and outside the classroom. This multi-media presentation and discussion offers tips and strategies for becoming a riveting public speaker, and inspiring your students to do the same.