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AEI Surveys Faculty on ‘International Student Academic Needs,’ Responds to FAQs

A faculty survey created by UO’s American English Institute (AEI) explored the classroom implications of UO’s growing international student population. Distributed to all faculty in January by the Office of Communications, it garnered 223 responses representing 49 departments. The AEI, a unit of more than 100 faculty within the Department of Linguistics, is charged with offering [...]

Faculty reflection: A large-class instructor asks students to look around

Large-class teaching presents many challenges, which I learned firsthand last term when I taught a 170-student introduction to environmental humanities course, ENVS 203. The course is part of the core sequence required for all Environmental Studies and Environmental Science majors, but also fulfills the Arts and Letters Group Requirement, which means a significant percentage of [...]

UO International Enrollment Continues to Rise, Units Seek to Shore Up Support

At just under 3,000 students, UO’s Fall 2013 international enrollment broke records for the ninth year running: this year’s enrollment represents a 16 percent increase from just last year, and about a 140 percent increase from five years ago, according to preliminary statistics announced at the October 28th “Serving a Growing International Student Population” meeting [...]

CAS Calls for General Education ‘Renaissance,’ Invites Broad Range of Faculty Proposals

UO’s College of Arts and Sciences moved closer to its goal of driving general education reform from the grassroots up Tuesday, calling for proposals for new or redesigned courses by individuals, pairs or “clusters” of faculty. Awards range from $8,000 for individuals to $40,000 for collaborative groups, with the first of three annual rounds of [...]

Connecting Students to TLC Support

One way to help your students improve their academic success in and beyond your classroom is to highlight resources available in the University Teaching and Learning Center (TLC). TLC offers academic support for all students, from the freshest of freshmen to seasoned transfer students, from strong and capable learners to those struggling simply to stay [...]

GTF Orientation: Teaching Scenario Warm-Up

At Graduate Teaching Fellow Orientation September 25th, the Graduate School and TEP welcomed UO’s new GTFs. For many UO undergraduates, GTFs are the faces of academic disciplines and accessible, up-close models of what it means to be intellectually curious and an excellent student and scholar. In her opening remarks, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School Kassy [...]

The Science of Good Teaching: Program Invites Wide-Ranging Innovation

Action! It’s 2 o’clock on Monday of Week Nine. Professor of Biology Judith Eisen and Associate Professor of Chemistry Andy Berglund’s Biology/Chemistry 140: “Science, Policy, and Biology” students—just over 90 of them—are settling into pod-style tables dotting HEDCO 220. Today’s topic: genetic testing and gene modification. This is one of 21 new or significantly revised courses [...]

UO Faculty Define the ‘Best of Gen Ed’

At TEP’s “Best of UO General Education” event May 17th, College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Ian McNeely presented telling statistics to about 40 faculty attendees: • UO has 777 group and multicultural requirement satisfying courses; more are added every term. • Calculated in terms of student credit hours, general education courses bring [...]

Revisiting Twitter as an Educational Tool

Twitter, the popular microblogging site that allows users to post 140-character “tweets,” both intrigues and irritates faculty, according to a Faculty Focus survey. Some embrace it as a clever way to teach concision and get students writing, thinking, and connecting with the course material and one another. Others consider it distracting and antithetical to sophisticated [...]

‘Yes, And…’: UO’s Freshman Interest Groups Break Boundaries, Forge Connections

One of UO’s undergraduate FIG assistants remembers the first day of his own College Connections course: “The professor began the class asking us ‘Why are you here?’” The student, now a mentor to this year’s freshmen, was surprised—indeed, why hadn’t he taken a year off? What did he want? Was he just taking the expected [...]