To the Emory Community

The Commission on Teaching submits this report to the Emory community as well as to the president and provost with the hope of both extending and deepening support for teaching across the university. In the process of preparing this report, we have found a long-standing commitment to teaching in the different schools of the university, rich diversity in teaching practices in and beyond the classroom, and a widespread hope that Emory will distinguish itself in the future-- in some tangible and credible fashion-- as a university that values teaching as much as it values research.

The report of the commission affirms our opportunities and responsibilities, individual and collective, with regard to teaching at Emory. Urging specific actions, it gives substance to the hope that Emory will be known as a first-class university in all respects. In order for the reality of teaching at Emory to reach our highest aspirations, all members of this community must make a commitment to the realization of this goal.

We charge the president and provost to set an agenda in which teaching is regarded as highly as research. We encourage the deans, directors, and department chairs to create an environment within their programs in which teaching is valued, supported, and-- following clear and well- documented evaluation-- rewarded. We challenge faculty to seize the opportunity for their teaching, its development, and its evaluation. We urge students to contribute to and participate actively in the intellectual community, which fosters excellence both in teaching and learning. We invite staff to work toward the enrichment of the teaching environment in all parts of the university. In short, there is much work to be done.

To build on the foundation of this report, the commission will sponsor a number of opportunities for discussion and debate. During the fall, several hundred faculty will be selected randomly to come together in small groups to consider how the recommendations outlined in Teaching at Emory might be implemented. We are also planning a special conversation for all members of the faculty and opportunities for discipline-specific groups to advise the administration. In addition, we invite faculty, either individually or in groups, to initiate more informal yet focused conversations with one or more commission members.

It is our hope and intent that Teaching at Emory will promote an ongoing process of valuing and supporting the many ways in which teaching significantly shapes the course and opportunities of Emory University as we move into the twenty-first century.


Rebecca S. Chopp
Chair, Commission on Teaching
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Theology
Candler School of Theology and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Walter Reed
Co-Chair, Commission on Teaching
Professor of English and Director of the Center for Teaching and Curriculum
Emory College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Peter H. Aranson
Professor and Chair
Department of Economics
Emory College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

William T. Branch, Jr., M.D.
Carter Smith, Sr. Professor of Medicine and Director, Division of General Medicine and Vice Chairman for Primary Care
Department of Medicine
School of Medicine

David A. Edwards
Professor of Psychology
Emory College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Michael T. Evenden
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Theater Studies
Emory College

Susan H. Frost
Vice Provost, Institutional Planning and Research and Adjunct Associate Professor Division of Educational Studies,
Emory College

Linda R. Gooding
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
School of Medicine and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Joan I. Gotwals
Vice Provost and Director of Libraries

James M. Gustafson
George W. Woodruff Professor of Comparative Studies and of Religion
Emory College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Jacqueline Jordan Irvine
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Urban Education, Division of Educational Studies
Emory College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Harriet M. King
Associate Professor, School of Law and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

David G. Kleinbaum
Professor of Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Benn R. Konsynski
George S. Kraft Distinguished Professor of Decision and Information Analysis
Goizueta Business School

Paul R. Lennard
Director, Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology Program and Associate Professor of Biology
Emory College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Dennis C. Liotta
Vice President for Research
and Professor of Chemistry
Emory College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Frances Lucas-Taucher
Vice President and Dean for Campus Life

Maria Lunk
Senior Lecturer
Department of Russian, Eurasian, and East Asian Languages and Cultures
Emory College

Alfred H. Merrill, Jr.
Professor of Biochemistry and Director, Emory Center for Nutrition and Health Sciences, School of Medicine and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Patricia L. Owen-Smith
Associate Professor of Psychology
Oxford College

Betsey Patterson
Virtual Library Project Coordinator
University Libraries

Margaret E. Parsons
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Robert A. Pastor
Goodrich C. White Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science
Emory College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Fellow and Director, Latin American and Caribbean Program, The Carter Center

Steve Taylor
Educational Business Analyst
Information Technology Division

Vera Dixon Rorie
Assistant Dean and Director
Office of Multicultural Programs and Services

Jonas A. Shulman, M.D.
Executive Associate Dean
Medical Education and Student Affairs
Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
School of Medicine

Beth Hornbuckle Tyler
Alumna, Emory College and School of Law

JoNell A. Usher
Student Information System (SIS) Project Associate, Office of the Registrar and Adjunct Professor of Psychology
Emory College

John Witte, Jr.
Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law and Ethics
Director of Law and Religion Program
School of Law and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

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