For the last year, the School of Economics and Business Administration has been offering a series of symposia for faculty on "Excellence in Teaching." Each symposium is organized around a shared luncheon, and is led by a faculty member with particular expertise in some aspect of teaching. The topics have been wide-ranging, and have sought to be particularly responsive to interests of our faculty and areas in which a number of faculty perceive a need for improvement of teaching skills or approaches. To-date topics have included, teaching in our hybrid classroom/online mode; using groups and teams in teaching; using PowerPoint effectively and avoiding "Death by PowerPoint" and using an iPad in the classroom.
At the latest Excellence in Teaching symposium, Linda Herkenhoff spoke on professors nearing tenure and the use of teams in the classroom. The discussion was focused on assisting fellow professors in perfecting their teaching techniques. Herkenhoff, who works as Director of the Trans-Global Executive MBA program and Professor in the management department at the School of Economics and Business Administration, spoke to a group of fellow professors in attendance, including Kathy Finger-Podolsky and Kris Chase. Though the discussion began on the emphasis in teaching versus research to achieve tenure, Linda also presented questions on study team dynamics that segued the discussion to teams and their importance in the classroom. While many of the professors in attendance were aware of the use of teams in the Graduate Business classes, a few were not. They discussed the dichotomy of while teams are important, but often rewards for being a good team member are lacking because our society is focused on the individual. The roundtable discussed issues regarding productive teams versus teams that have too much fun together versus teams that are not collectively productive. The solution that was reached was focused on giving students an option to switch team members, or suggest changing teams. Much of the luncheon focused on the issue of teams, discussing and offering solutions to any problems professors have had or may have in the future.
The next Excellence in Teaching symposium for SEBA Faculty will be held on Wednesday, February, 13, 2013 at the Rheem Center in the East Conference Room. Steve Belassi will be presenting “Teaching Hybrid courses: Challenges and Opportunities.” Please RSVP to Cherie Grant, firstname.lastname@example.org.