Graduate 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
Anthony Kelley, Doctoral Candidate, Philosophy
Contentious topics are those that are likely to cause conflict or otherwise create an unhealthy and unproductive learning environment. This workshop will train educators to better anticipate and to better respond to the challenges faced when teaching such topics to create a more viable and sustainable community of learners.
Greg Johnson, Professor, Religious Studies
Professor Johnson discusses how to incorporate unfolding research experiences and findings in large undergraduate classes, (1) to motivate students about topics at hand through providing on-the-ground accounts of real-time issues and (2) through using research findings and publications to push students to engage issues at the highest possible level of detail and theory. Johnson will argue that teachers can connect with and lead students to exciting insights while also gaining from the experience in a research capacity by means of students' frequently profound and often unexpected insights.
Claire Farago, Professor, Art & Art History
Professor Farago discusses how and why she developed an introductory course in art history that focuses on cultural exchange to introduce students to the role of art in society. Her presentation raises the issue of why the arts and humanities are important to a liberal arts education and will help graduates land jobs and further their education, no matter what field of study or careers they pursue. Come join the discussion and conversation.
Jean Hertzberg, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Flow visualization contributes strong messages of science content within the community of fluid dynamicists, but outside such a specialized community, the aesthetics of fluid flows carries the most weight. As I present examples of four aesthetics – beauty, power, destruction, and oddness – each is illustrated with examples drawn from flow visualizations from both the Flow Visualization course (MCEN 4151) and sources on the web.
Noel Lenski, Professor, Classics
Professor Lenski will explore the ongoing importance of the study of humanities and the arts in a world that has become obsessed with science and technology. He will focus on three primary areas: the ongoing importance of language learning and language use in a world that is and will remain linguistically mediated; the importance of a connection to shared culture and shared methods of cultural understanding for human fulfillment; and the ongoing superiority of humanistic learning and research as a hermeneutic tool for success in our society.
Laura L. B. Border, Director, Graduate Teacher Program
When you write your portfolio what should you take into account? Style, format, evidence? How can your portfolio stand out from others? This workshop is for humanists who are on the job market.
George Rivera, Associate Professor, Art & Art History
Presentation is about how art reflects life and what we might learn from it, especially for those who will join academia.