Seminars in Teaching Excellence 2017-2020
The Seminars in Teaching Excellence (STE) were eleven individual seminars which examined pedagogy fundamental to teaching and learning in the humanities, explored innovative approaches to humanities curricula, and opened spaces for productive discussion and collaboration between faculty and graduate students.
The STEs were divided into three clusters: Foundational Issues, Collaborative Humanities Tracks, and Special Topics in Humanistic Study. Most seminars produced an annotated bibliography of relevant scholarly work shared and discussed during the course of an entire quarter and one other culminating project-based assignment, often completed collaboratively by seminar participants.
STE Themes and Topics
Cluster: Foundational Issues
This cluster focused on foundational issues at the heart of humanities pedagogy in the 21st century. These seminars addressed the pedagogies surrounding established components of humanistic study, as well as techniques for more inclusive classroom cultures.
- Inclusive Classrooms (Fall 2017). Co-leads: Steven Nelson and Maite Zubiaurre
- Excellence in Writing (Fall 2017). Co-leads: Nina Eidsheim and Leigh Harris
- Language Expertise (Winter 2018). Co-leads: David Kim and Hongyin Tao
- Course Design and Assessment Techniques (Spring 2018). Co-leads: Tamara Levitz and William Marotti
- Inclusive Classrooms II (Fall 2019). Co-leads: Lisa Felipe and Mitchell Morris
Cluster: Collaborative Humanities Tracks
This cluster was dedicated to developing a set of undergraduate curricular tracks that will allow opportunities for creating and interdisciplinary courses in the humanities. These tracks worked as learning laboratories in which seminar participants discussed, assessed, and formulated the pedagogical approaches that informed the teaching of these curricular tracks.
- Medical Humanities (Fall 2018). Co-leads: Rachel Lee and David MacFadyen
- Environmental Humanities (Winter 2019). Co-leads: Allison Carruth and Ursula K. Heise
- Digital Humanities (Spring 2019). Co-leads: Chris Johanson and Miriam Posner
- Urban Humanities (Spring 2020). Co-leads: Dana Cuff and Todd Presner
Cluster: Special Topics
The third STE cluster targeted special topics including the role of technology in humanities classrooms, service learning pedagogy, the purported crisis in the humanities, career development, preparation for graduate students entering the job market, information on career tracks within and outside of academia, and the contributions of the EPIC Program towards sustainable practices in teaching within the humanities.