Lectures, Seminars and Workshops
Dates and times for all scheduled events are available on the events page.
The Sheridan Teaching Seminar consists of a series of five lectures throughout the academic year pertaining to teaching in all disciplines, each followed by relevant interactive workshop sessions. The goal is to explore broad pedagogical issues and specific methods for implementing them. These interdisciplinary lectures are organized around the general theme of those elements which may comprise an individual or departmental Teaching Portfolio. Topics to be covered include: Pedagogical Goals and Objectives, Cognitive Diversity and Teaching, Persuasive Communication, and Syllabus Construction. To see more information about the current year’s lectures click here. Participation in the Sheridan Teaching Seminar (including the creation of an individual Teaching Philosophy statement) is one of the three requirements for the Sheridan Teaching Seminar - Certificate I Program.
The Sheridan Center offers a variety of seminars and workshops each semester. Topics range from themed series to individual sessions. Examples include: Responding to Student Writing, Teaching Labs, Leading Discussions and Teaching with Visuals. To learn about upcoming workshops click here. For a list of topics and handouts from workshops from Fall 2010 to the present , click here.
The Center welcomes suggestions for new seminars and workshops.
The Center has developed suggested workshop guidelines to assist workshop facilitators as they develop pedagogy workshops for the center.
The Teaching Consultants Invited Speaker Program provides a unique opportunity for Teaching Consultants to invite an inspiring professor to Brown to give a lecture and share insights from his or her own pedagogical practice. This professional development event is coordinated by and for graduate students. Sheridan Teaching Consultants also have the opportunity to participate in a master class with the invited guest, in which the professor shares his/her experiences on the challenges of and best practices for teaching, and the developmental trajectory of their pedagogical practice.
The center collaborates with departments, centers and other administrative units to offer programs of interest to specific audiences. Ongoing collaborations include: Science Fridays (with the Science Center), Academic Job Search Series (with the Career Development Center), and Workshop Series on Foreign Language Teaching (with the Center for Language Studies). Please contact the Center if you are interested in forging a collaboration.
The Center is available to assist departmental faculty and graduate teaching assistants in organizing specific seminars and colloquia designed to provide effective pedagogical exchange on selected topics, such as instructional assessment, teaching portfolios, etc. These seminars and colloquia may be arranged for a variety of audience in an array of formats, depending upon the needs of the individual department. The Center will supply relevant materials and organizational assistance upon request.