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Pedagogical Fellow Showcase: Daniel R. Siakel

Daniel R. Siakel presently serves as a Lecturer in UCI’s Humanities Core Course, was recently hired by UCI’s School of Humanities as Co-Director of Pedagogy for the Andrew W. Mellon 5+2 Program, and was selected to be the Director of Practice and Education at Orange County’s Shambhala Meditation Center. He served as a Pedagogical Fellow[…]

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Celebration of Teaching: Professor of the Year 2016

How did you feel being named the 2016 Professor of the Year? It was a tremendous honor to be selected as the 2016 Professor of the Year, one of the major highlights of my career so far. What do you enjoy most about teaching? I’ve come to realize over the years that my favorite part[…]

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Effective Peer Review of Teaching

Effective peer review should be a supportive activity, used both formatively and summatively. Peer review allows instructors to self-assess their courses and class interactions in order to help them meet their personal and departmental goals for effective teaching, and to see their instruction through another colleague’s perspective. Another hallmark of  peer review is agreed-upon measures and protocols.  Ideally, these criteria are established collaboratively by the department’s or School’s[…]

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Humanities uses Lunar New Year to promote writing

The Academic English program is coordinated by professor Robin Scarcella in the School of Humanities. This three-quarter writing series serves (insert number) international students at UCI, teaching them effective writing and communication skills. One of the methods they use to develop composition skills is to offer a writing competition each year associated with the Lunar New Year. The three[…]

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Relevance, Passion and Respect

The UCI Assessment group conducted 70 face-to-face interviews with UCI juniors to ask what aspects of teaching enhance their academic engagement. The resulting video summary interviews faculty members Donald G. Saari, Elizabeth F. Loftus, and Francisco J. Ayala on the findings of the group.  

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Great tips from the 2015 Faculty Focus

Are you looking for a bit of reading to energize your Winter quarter teaching? Faculty Focus newsletter has posted a list of their highest-ranked posts on topics that range from student excuses to active learning to flipped classes to cell phones. See the full list here.

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