President’s Series on Teaching Excellence

This is the 4th year for this series and our featured speaker will be Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of English Gina Barreca   As you may know, President Herbst launched this initiative 4 years ago as part of our ongoing commitment to help promote teaching excellence among faculty and teaching assistants. Her thinking then as now, was that having opportunities to learn from some of UConn’s best scholar-teachers would be particularly valuable for our TA’s intent on pursuing academic careers.

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Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019:   4:00 pm – 5:00 pm           Konover Auditorium      Wine and Cheese reception – 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Why Teaching Matters, or Why I Never Turn My Back on a Class  (Gina Barreca )
Students do not have to make you happy; that’s not their job. You don’t need to make them happy; that’s not your job. Their job is to understand what you’re teaching them and your job is to know precisely why they need to know what you’re teaching them. You’re the authority not because you’re in control of the situation, but because you can provide what they’ll need to carry with them for the rest of their lives. Educating students is about more than just giving them information. It’s about providing context, perspective and illumination.