February 19, 2001
of team teaching
to be panel's focus
By Eric Rangus email@example.com
The title of the Feb. 22 panel discussion sponsored by the University Advisory Council on Teaching (UACT) is pretty self explanatory.
The Delights and Difficulties of Team Teaching will examine
the many experiences of faculty members who co-teach classes with their
colleagues. It will take place Feb. 22 from noon1:30 p.m. in the
Jones Room of Woodruff Library.
According to Walter Reed, professor of English and UACT chair, who will
moderate the discussion, the difficulties of team teaching actually start
with defining it.
It takes any number of different forms, he said. It
ranges from three faculty members sharing responsibility, to one professor
teaching for the first half of the semester and another taking over for
the second half. Were trying to find out some of [team teachings]
While team teaching is not an uncommon occurrence, Reed said, because
it is so tough to define, he does not know how many classes are actually
team taught, and specific records on the subject are not kept. Its benefits
to faculty, however, are easy to see.
Its very stimulating for faculty members, said Reed
who has team taught not only at Emory but also at other universities.
Faculty tend to teach at a higher pitch in the presence of a colleague.
Its a way of pursuing interdisciplinary topics in a way that has
more street credibility.
It is often better, Reed said, for a class to hear from multiple experts
on individual subjects than to get all their information from one professor
trying to teach everything.
Some of the possible panel topics include the joys and difficulties of
team teaching, the recognitions and rewards derived from it, and the fact
that teaching classes with other faculty members often requires as much
work as teaching solo.
While those are just a few possible avenues of discussion, Reed said
the panel will be free form and could address almost anything having to
do with the subject.
This [panel] emerged from a discussion among the UACT representatives
as a topic of wide interest, Reed said. Theres a certain
amount of confusion among faculty and it seemed like an issue that cuts
across all the different schools at Emory.
That wide influence is reflected in the variety of panelists, who come
from all over Emory, including Oxford.
Sharing the panel with Reed will be Benn Konsynski, Craft Professor of
Business Administration; Marc Miller, professor of law; Sid Perkowitz,
Candler Professor of Physics; Gretchen Schulz, associate professor of
English at Oxford; and John Sitter, professor of English.
UACT, the panels sponsor, is made up of representatives from each
of Emorys nine schools and it meets to discuss issues and aspects
of teaching that reach across individual schools, to help individual schools
strengthen their support for teaching, and to promote discussions of teaching
throughout the University.
Lunch will precede the panel discussion, and a limited number of boxed
lunches will be available. Anyone interested in attending the panel discussion,
contact Paul Jean at 404-727-1886 or send e-mail to