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Teaching Circles Events Archive

(Beginning Spring 2006, Teaching Circle Events will be coordinated through the TEC, and will be archived on the TEC workshops / events web page.)

Fall 2005

Advising Workshop: Co-sponsored by New Faculty Orientation and Teaching Circles

Led by Debbie Kiesel and Sherry Wells, we will focus on questions and issues that you have experienced or might experience in the future in advising students. The session will give you an opportunity to share ideas and questions. You will come away with strategies and resources for providing better advising for our students.

TIME: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
DATE:  Friday, October 21
PLACE:  Human Service Building, Room 101

All faculty who started teaching within the past two years have been invited by Dr. Cullinan. If you are interested, but did not receive and invitation, please contact Sharon Brewer ( to determine if there is space in the workshop.

Fall 2004

In an effort to create a Community of Scholars at SFASU, we are excited to announce a

Research Mentoring Series co-sponsored by Teaching Circles and ORSP
"Building a Successful Agenda for Research and Creative Activity."

Seminar #1: Teaching, Time, and Tenure:  Exchanging Successful Strategies.

The first seminar in the series is scheduled for November 18, 1:30-3:30 pm (Regents Suite B) and will be repeated on November 19, 1:30-3:30 pm (Human Services/Telecommunications 101).  The purpose will be to provide an opportunity for newer faculty to network with more experienced colleagues about receiving funding for research and creative/artistic endeavors and to learn how to:

*                    Establish an agenda for research or creative endeavors;
*                    Juggle time;
*                    Build a tenure dossier; and
*                    Brainstorm strategies.

As part of the effort to create a Community of Scholars, ORSP will also be establishing a research networking database; and developing/publishing a Directory of Faculty Research and Creative Interests that includes specialized facilities/equipment available for collaborative use.

Persons involved in this joint effort include Susan Abbott, Lauren Scharff, Leon Young, Judy Lauter, Carrie Brown and Heather Catton.


Spring 2003

"Automatic Influence Techniques for the Classroom: The role of professor as car salesman." -- Presentation by Steve Seidel, March 19th

Dr. Seidel is a social psychologist and the current chair of Psychology at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. His presentation will take known aspects of human interactions and influence, and help us apply them to the classroom in order to maximize student learning.

This event will be held in ED 142 at 3:00.

Fall 2001

October 15th, 2001 (Two events on one day!)

"Ways of the Master Teacher" -- a talk presented by Bill Buskist

What makes an effective teacher? Previous attempts to answer this question have focused primarily on personality characteristics of teachers. The actual behaviors in which teachers engage have been largely overlooked. I present new data, centering on teacher behavior, that appear correlated with "effective teaching," at least from the students' perspective. In addition, I will compare how students and faculty rank those teacher behaviors that they feel are most important in contributing to effective teaching.

This event will be held in LA 102 at 3:30, and we will provide some drinks and cookies.

A Workshop: Building a Teaching Portfoilio led by Bill Buskist and Steve Davis

The teaching portfolio is a convenient and effective way to showcase a teacher's activities, accomplishments, and goals. In this workshop, we focus on the basic elements of the teaching portfolio and how best to construct and organize them. We briefly elaborate on the purpose of the teaching portfolio, then launch into specific methods for building it, with particular emphasis on the development of a statement of teaching philosophy.

This event will be held in ED 258 from 12:00 - 1:00, although Bill and Steve will stay until 1:30 for those who have the time and would like more information. We will provide some drinks; feel free to bring your lunch.

A Brief Bio for Dr. Bill Buskist:

Bill Buskist is currently Alumni Professor of Psychology at Auburn University in Auburn, AL. In January, 2002, he will be leaving Auburn to become the Kulynich/Cline Family Distinguished Professor for the Teaching of Psychology at Appalachian State University, in Boone, NC. For the past decade, Bill's primary research interests have centered on the habits and practices of so-called master teachers at the college and university level. His graduate teaching interests focus on the training of graduate student teachers and preparing them for careers in the professoriate. Bill is a frequent contributor to the journal, Teaching of Psychology and he is often asked to speak about his work on master teachers at regional and national teaching conferences. Bill was the winner of the 2000 Robert S. Daniel Award, an award given annually to one 4-yearcollege/university professor by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. He is co-editor with Steve Davis of The Teaching of Psychology; Essays in Honor of Wilbert J. McKeachie and Charles L. Brewer, which will be published this coming spring by Erlbaum. Bill and his wife of 25 y ears, Connie, have five children. In his spare time, Bill enjoys training for and competing in ultra-distance triathlons.


 A Brief Bio for Dr. Stephen Davis:

Stephen F. Davis is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Emporia State University. In addition to his own teaching duties, he supervised 14 graduate teaching assistants who taught introductory and developmental psychology. Dr. Davis received his PhD in General Experimental Psychology from Texas Christian University. He taught at King College (Bristol, TN), and Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, TN) before joining the Emporia State faculty.

Dr. Davis's research interests include academic dishonesty, student professional development, student responsibility, conditioned taste aversion learning, and olfactory communication in animal maze learning. Since 1966 he has published over 250 articles and textbooks and presented over 850 professional papers; the vast majority of these publications and presentations include undergraduate and graduate student coauthors.

Dr. Davis has served as the President of APA Division 2 (the Society for the Teaching of Psychology), the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, the Southwestern Psychological Association, and Psi Chi (the National Honor Society in Psychology). In 1987 Dr. Davis received the first annual Psi Chi/Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Advisor. In 1988 he received the American Psychological Foundation Distinguished Teaching in Psychology Award, and in 1989 he received the APA Division 2 Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Davis is a Fellow of APA Divisions 1 (General), 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology), and 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology).


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