Each year the Center offers the Sheridan Teaching Seminar Lectures.  This five-part lecture series is designed to introduce the fundamental components of reflective teaching:  careful planning and continuous refinement of one’s teaching practice; establishing learning goals and gauging student learning; engaging learners and acknowledging one’s audience.  The series addresses the following topics:

  • “Reflections on Teaching and Learning”
  • “Developing Student Learning Goals: The Syllabus & Course Design”
  • “How Students Learn”
  • “Grading and Evaluation: Measuring Your Students' Learning”
  • “Rhetorical Practice: Teaching as Persuasive Communication” 

These lectures are part of the Center's Teaching Certificate I Program, but members of the Brown teaching community are welcome to attend any or all lectures. 

The Center also occasionally offers lectures on other topics.  Recent lectures include:

  • "Contemplative Pedagogy & the Transformation of Education"
    Daniel Barbezat, Professor of Economics at Amherst College & Executive Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in the Society 
  • “Building an Imagined Future: Teaching as Architecture”
    Steven Volk, Professor of History & Director of the Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence, Oberlin College, and 2011 US Professor of the Year
  • “Circa 2012: Teaching in the Age of Learning”
    Randy Bass (Brown Ph.D. ’91) Associate Provost, Professor of English & Executive Director of the Center for
    New Designs in Learning & Scholarship, Georgetown University 

     Randy Bass lecturing on "Circa 2012: Teaching in the Age of Learning"Randy Bass lecturing on "Circa 2012: Teaching in the Age of Learning"










To learn about upcoming lectures, see the Sheridan Center calendar.  See the Events Archive to learn more about previous lectures.