While ISA conferences appropriately celebrate scholarship, most of us earn our living teaching undergraduate students. The ISA NE pedagogy workshop is an opportunity for early-career IR academics to work with experienced mentors on preparing for the teaching side of the profession. Participants hear about specific pedagogical strategies, work with a mentor and a small cohort of colleagues to envision how those techniques might change their courses, and develop vocabulary for explaining their pedagogy to students, colleagues and hiring/review committees.
The workshop is intended for scholars on the job market and faculty preparing for pre-tenure review or to apply for tenure. The sessions are open to all conference attendees, but only those officially participating in the workshop will have the opportunity to receive feedback and participate in all of the workshop's training activities.
This year’s workshop will focus on pedagogies for collaborative learning, including techniques for enhancing classroom discussion, encouraging civil discourse/collaborative problem solving and empowering undergraduate students (both majors and non-majors) to author their own knowledge claims.
A reading packet will be distributed to participants over the summer. Each participant submits a syllabus to be reviewed and revised during the workshop, preferably for a course that the participant will be teaching in spring 2018. Each participant also receives feedback on a statement of teaching philosophy that was part of either a job application or a portfolio for pre-tenure or tenure review. Feedback will come both from the other participants and from experienced professors from different kinds of institutions, all of whom have been on hiring and review committees.
The workshop will take place on Saturday, November 4th at the ISA Northeast annual conference in Providence, RI. Anyone wishing to participate should send a C.V., a sample syllabus and a statement of teaching philosophy to Jamie Frueh at NEfirstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2017.
Stefanie R. Fishel
University of Alabama
University of Washington - Tacoma