2010-2011 Seminar Series

How to Turn an Idea for a Class into a Series of Lectures

Dr. Michael A. Vicic, Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

In his 2009 CPET lecture, Dr. Michael Vicic discussed CALM -- the four critical components of course preparation. This time, after a brief overview of CALM, he will describe parts of the method in greater detail, showing how to transform a course concept into a series of lectures that are consistent with the curriculum and methods of assessment. Come early for refreshments. 
Wednesday, May 25, 2011: 5:30 PM. Location Beckman Institute Auditorium

The Do's and Don'ts of Teaching Statements

Prof. Andrea Armani, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science University of Southern California 

Teaching statements are now routinely requested as part of faculty application packets at R1 institutions. Search committees read hundreds of these statements from applicants describing how they believe learning occurs and how they plan on improving the principles and methods of instruction at the institution. Not surprisingly, most applicants have little to no teaching experience that they can rely on for writing such a statement. Come join us in a discussion about how to write a successful teaching statement. In addition to reviewing the primary elements of the teaching statement, we will also analyze and discuss a couple example teaching statements written by recently hired faculty members. Come early for refreshments. 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011: 5:30 PM. Location Beckman Institute Auditorium 

The Joy of Teaching

Prof. Shuki Bruck, Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Computation and Neural Systems & Electrical Engineering, Caltech 

Shuki Bruck plans to share with us the joy he has for teaching at Caltech. Everyone has a gift! As teachers, we must partner with students, help them discover their passion and gifts and empower them to enjoy it. Prerequisites for the lecture: Good mood and plenty of questions. Come early for refreshments. 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010: 5:30 PM. Annenberg 105