3 responses to “Training Professors to be Educators”

  1. Jason

    Your last paragraph struck a chord. I don’t mean to offend you by saying this, but you’re failing your students by not taking advantage of the programs/lectures provided to you. Universities often make the assumption that because a person has completed a certain level of education in a chosen major, they can teach. It’s the furthest thing from the truth. Very few people are natural born teachers. Universities/professors often forget that their primary function is education. If you (or any other professor) chooses to not to take that part of the job seriously, please find a different profession.

  2. gasstationwithoutpumps

    A couple of years back, my university had a faculty workshop on time management. I pointed out that only those who didn’t need it would be able to go. I don’t think very many people showed up, and I don’t think they repeated that workshop.

    Teacher training workshops for faculty vary from good mentoring from faculty who are superb teachers to absolutely ludicrous suggestions for how to teach a class by people incapable of teaching. Most often they are good classes only for people in a similar discipline to that of the person doing the workshop. The things that most faculty need to know are very discipline specific, and not easily generalized to different disciplines. For example, computer science faculty need to know how much to give as general rules, how much in worked examples, and how much in exercises for the students to work out. They need to know strategies and metaphors that work for teaching topics they find easy, but that students have trouble with (like recursion). They do not need to know much about how to moderate racially charged discussions of political literature.