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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 […]

A Shape in the Stone, an Art to the Science

Through the long lenses of digital SLR cameras, Dr. Marli Miller’s students train their eyes on the lines and colors of the natural world. Her “Geophotography” seminar, first taught in conjunction with the Geology of National Parks in Fall 2012, allows students an imaginative and aesthetic entry to the scientific study of the earth. “It’s […]

International Classroom Follow-up

In February, TEP, the American English Institute and the College of Arts and Sciences hosted a workshop on the teaching implications of the rise in UO’s international student numbers: this year the institution welcomed 2,524 students from around the world—the eighth year in a row record-setting numbers. At that event, participants voiced recommendations both for individual […]

UO Delegation Leads Faculty Development Event in Japan

A five-person delegation from the University of Oregon led a two-day faculty development workshop at Nagoya University March 16-17, 2013. The Japanese Ministry of Education’s Global 30 initiative sponsored the program. Launched in 2008, this high-profile initiative aims to internationalize Japanese higher education by creating new English-language degree programs, recruiting international students, and providing opportunities for […]

International Classroom Workshop: Institutional Recommendations and Teaching Tips

On Friday, Feb. 1, about 45 members of the faculty, GTFs, and administrators met for the International Classroom, a panel and workshop about the teaching implications of the near doubling of UO international student numbers in just five years. “I thought the enthusiasm and reception were excellent—I’m convinced we need to hold these events regularly,” said […]

UO Welcomes Largest Ever International Cohort

In Fall 2012, the University of Oregon welcomed 2,550 international students, its largest group ever—almost double the size of its 2007 international class. These students represent more than 80 countries, but the lion’s share—just over half—are from China. Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia round out the top five home nations; combined, they account for about […]

TEP at 25

Twenty five years ago, with just a camera and a vision, I couldn’t have imagined how TEP would influence the teaching aspirations and achievements of so many faculty members. I also couldn’t have anticipated the positive response the program would receive from faculty across disciplines, facing different teaching challenges, in various stages of their professional […]

TEP Welcomes New Director

As TEP’s new director, I’m fortunate to inherit a professional, positive program that meets teachers of every rank and discipline with interest and care. Last year, TEP’s four staffers led more than 300 consultations with faculty and GTFs, observed about a 100 classes across the curriculum, hosted two weeks of new teacher trainings before classes […]