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Peer Teaching Visit Opportunity January 2014

Observe Award-Winning Teaching Professors

How do they do it? If you’ve ever wondered what’s the difference between award-winning and adequate teaching skills, this is your chance to get answers. Peer Teaching Visits allow a small group of faculty to observe an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor in the classroom. Encounter teaching styles that may differ from your own followed by an hour of conversation with the professor after the class. Discuss your observations and ways to adapt teaching styles and strategies for your own courses.

Carrie La Ferle, Professor of Advertising, believes that the success of any professor in a classroom is heavily influenced by the amount of respect the professor can garner from the students.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Umphrey Lee 241
8:00 - 9:20 class
9:30 – 10:30 discussion

ADV 2375: Advertising Ethics
Carrie La Ferle

The first class sets the tone for the entire semester and is a huge opportunity often missed to set you and your students up for success. Come join Dr. La Ferle for the first day of her class and see techniques that may work in making your first day a success. This course examines the ethical issues related to the practice of advertising and marketing communications. Are some practices in advertising unethical? How can we recognize, define, assess, reprimand and prevent unethical practices? What impact do these acts have on society, the industry and individuals? Toward answering these questions students will consider ethical principles, industry ethical codes, legal and regulatory issues, and social issues related to the institution and practice of advertising.



2013 Peer Teaching Sessions

Luis Maldonado, Associate Professor of World Languages & Literature, manages to stimulate class discussions in which both native and non-native speakers feel not just able but compelled to participate.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Clements Hall 325
11:00 – 12:20 class
12:30 – 1:30 discussion

SPAN 4395: Intro to Hispanic
American Literature
Luis Maldonado

Enjoy a class discussion in Spanish about “The ‘Mac’ Effect in Latin American Literature.” Latin American Literature has been described for many years as the literature of “magical realism,” narratives in which superstitions, myths, and legends become part of the reality of rural life in a fictional town named Macondo. A new generation of writers, however, is moving away from the magical and the rural and assumes a new aesthetics called “MacOndo”: urban narratives in a globalized world under the ubiquitous presence of the fast food culture (McDonald) and the influence of new technologies (MacIntosh). This class explores the references to American pop culture (music, fashion, movies, English language) in XXI Century Latin American literature.  To illustrate these points, the class is organized around a set of audiovisual materials as well as the analysis of the short story “Amor sobre ruedas” (Love on Wheels).


Sheri Kunovich, Associate Professor of Sociology, makes a strong impression on her students. Letters from former students emphasize that she inspired them, making them open their eyes to the world around them as she makes Sociology come alive.

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Dallas Hall 157
11:00 – 12:20 class
12:30 – 1:30 discussion

SOCI 4372: Wealth and Consumption
Sheri Kunovich

Observe Dr. Kunovich and her students as they critically evaluate two new types of writing assignments she is using in her senior level course on Wealth and Consumption. Both assignment ideas were generated from her experience in the Faculty Learning Community focused on Writing last year. The class will begin by having students discuss and critique their experiences with a peer review process. The students will then discuss their experiences writing “short” research papers that required them to gather data quickly and to use the assigned class readings to analyze and discuss their exploratory findings. By observing this class faculty will have an opportunity to learn about two different types of writing assignments and to hear students’ response to the assignments.


Robert Krout, Professor of Music, believes strongly in a competency-based approach to teaching, one in which the desired student learning outcomes are clearly articulated and in which the instructor is responsible for providing innovative, creative, and motivating learning experiences.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Owens Fine Arts Center 2105
2:00 – 3:20 class
3:30 – 4:30 discussion

MUTY 1320: Introduction to
Music Therapy

Robert Krout

Observe Dr. Krout’s class on Music Therapy in the Treatment of Sensory Disorders and take part in a hands-on music therapy experience. This session will examine and explore how clinical music therapy is used with children and adults with hearing and vision challenges. Throughout the semester, the course offers an overview of the function of the music therapist, the history of the music therapy profession, and music in treatment procedures. 

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