(June 2, 2011)--More than 40 UTSA faculty members participated in the third annual Provost’s Academy on Critical Thinking at the HemisFair Park Campus May 11-13. The academy helps faculty members to teach more effectively in both large and mid-sized classes through a focused approach to course redesign.
Nationally recognized teaching experts were featured as the keynote speakers at this year’s sessions including David Dees, associate professor of education at Kent State University, and Craig Nelson, professor emeritus of biology at Indiana University and a Carnegie Foundation Outstanding Professor of the Year.
Participants engaged in reflective critical thinking activities and heard presentations on interactive lecturing, collaborative approaches to learning and use of technology in the classroom such as personal response system I-clickers.
Other featured speakers included Mike Miller, associate professor of sociology; Patti Geppert, lecturer in biology and history; Rick Utecht, associate professor of marketing; and Barbara Millis and Jose Vazquez from the Teaching and Learning Center.
Participants received a set of teaching-related resources including material on assessment, concepts maps, critical thinking, deep learning, effective questioning, rubrics, teaching large classes effectively, writing assignments and cooperative learning.
Final program evaluations indicate that participants appreciated the opportunity to develop their teaching skills and network with faculty from other disciplines.
The UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation; African American Studies Program presents guest speaker Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, University of California at Los Angelesand author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism." The event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Put on drunk goggles and navigate a pedal cart at the U in the Driver Seat Alcohol Awareness event, hosted by UTSA PD and Sigma Lambda Gamma.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus
The UTSA Honors College hosts a sneak CineFestival preview of the documentary Somos Lengua, a new documentary about the Mexican hip hop scene. Jim Mendiola, the CineFestival Director, will screen the movie and present a festival overview.
University Center, Bexar Room (UC 1.102), Main Campus
Grab your friends, family, kids and dog for this annual fun run on the UTSA Main Campus benefititng the UTSA Alumni Association.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 13th annual Storytelling Festival. The festival will feature keynote speaker Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a Colombian Storyteller and journalist. This event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, ground floor, Main Campus
The IDS Colloquium showcases the excellent scholarship done by the IDS students in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, this event also honors the legacy of Dr. Marian Martinello.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Department of Biology and the Be the Match Team will collaborate to engage and educate our students in the importance of a life saving donation through peripheral blood stem cells and a marrow harvest.
UC Paseo and Central Plaza, Main Campus
UTSA welcomes the Italian-born duo Bandini-Chiacchiaretta. They've toured the world performing Argentine Tango music on guitar and bandoneon, the instrument of Astor Piazzolla. Tickets are $10 or free with UTSA Student I.D.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
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