ATF Spring 2015 Meeting Flyer

Our FALL 2014 Schedule was as follows:

Friday, Sept. 12th
with Will Robertson, PhD Student & Adjunct Professor, and Leah McCurdy, PhD Student & Adjunct Professor.

Friday, Oct. 24th
with Leah McCurdy, PhD Student & Adjunct Professor

Thursday, Nov. 13th
with Professor Deb (Wagner) Moon

Thursday, Dec. 9th
with Emily Lloyd, PhD Candidate & Adjunct Professor

Our SPRING 2014 Schedule was as follows:

Wednesday, Jan. 29th
with Leah McCurdy, PhD Student & Adjunct Professor.

Experiential learning is lacking at UTSA and other universities with overlarge class sizes. We will discuss the opportunities for experiential learning in all sub-disciplines of anthropology and practical ways to implement important experiences for students in a wide range of courses.

Wednesday, Feb. 19th
with Will Robertson, Adjunct Professor.

Many students at universities like UTSA come with little understanding of our expectations and their responsibilities as a student. We will discuss how to facilitate their improvement and development as university students.

Tuesday, Mar. 18th
with Emily Lloyd, PhD Candidate and Adjunct Professor, & Lori Barkwill Love, PhD Student & Teaching Assistant.

Clickers are expanding as a medium for classroom engagement and student participation. We will discuss methods professors use at UTSA today and innovative ideas for expanding the use of clickers in anthropology classes.

Wednesday, Apr. 2nd
with Ashley Hurst, PhD Student & Adjunct Professor.

Ashley has used controversial topics as a fulcrum for undergraduate Anthropology courses with much success. We will discuss her innovation, implementation, and ideas for the future.


7 thoughts on “Schedule

  1. leahmccurdy

    Possible topic for Fall 2014: GUERRILLA TEACHING! Will Robertson asked me to do a guerrilla teaching session in his kinship class this semester and it was awesome! I’d love to chat about the possibilities!

    • leahmccurdy

      Just saw a great article about Empowering students in Faculty Focus. This could a great follow up to our unprepared students discussion!

  2. leahmccurdy

    Another possible topic for Fall 2014: Learning Philosophies … there are new ways of thinking about teaching philosophy that actual center on how teachers learn through teaching and how we can help students explicitly understand their own learning philosophy through modeling.

  3. Will

    In our final meeting today (4/2/14), there was interest in having Deb Moon (Wagner) talk about methods for engaging a full, larger class in discussion, including how she utilizes proxemics to get students who don’t often talk to engage more.

  4. leahmccurdy

    Some other thoughts … what about a meeting on using Social Media like Facebook and Twitter for classes? Benefits, challenges, do’s and dont’s?

    Also, I just read an interesting article in “Faculty Focus” about how to build students’ confidence in academic writing. There are some really interesting insights and strategies that would be particularly appropriate for anthropology courses!

  5. leahmccurdy

    Lydia Light at UTSA is interested in leading a discussion of how instructors can bring in social/news issues into the classroom even if they are not necessarily relevant to course content. She notes that we are not only interested in training our students as anthropologists but in helping them develop as informed and responsible citizens. Outside of a cultural anthropology class where almost anything social/news is in someway related, how do we effectively fold in “current events?”

  6. leahmccurdy

    After reading a recent Faculty Focus article on strategies to reduce student resistance, I became interested in the practice of “framing” wherein instructors provide the background (non-content related) information on why they are conducting the class as they are (education lit, research articles, etc.). Why am I making you all do so much active learning? Why do you have to write reaction papers? Why do I construct my exams in a certain way? By providing the “behind-the-scenes” info to students, grades can become less of a mystery and/or surprise and instructors can lose their mysterious (sometimes perceived as malevolent) aura. We are not trying to mess with you just for our own fun. We do these things for a reason. How is the best way to present such information? This would be a great topic for discussion.

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