Celebrating Teaching and Learning in FHS

On March 21, 2013 we welcomed a total of 20 participants representing instructors, staff and administration to the first “Celebration of Teaching and Learning” in FHS. The event brought people together to showcase innovative teaching taking place in the graduate and undergraduate courses in FHS, and to exchange ideas about teaching excellence and scholarship.

Professor Charles Goldsmith moderated the event which opened with a lively Innovation Story Panel with instructors Laurie Goldsmith, Meghan Winters, and Svetlana Kischenko. The panel was followed by Static Posters, Idea Generation and Mini-Chats. Nienke vanHouten, Mark Lechner, and Zabrina Brumme prepared posters and stimulated conversations about teaching undergraduate science.

Dynamic Posters and discussions included Malcolm Steinberg who shared students’ artistic representations of population and public health. Marina Morrow brought everyone into the loop on the Social Inequities in Health (SIH) stream of the MPH and Kate Tairyan spoke of her innovative work in a service learning/health promotion course. Last but not least, Ralph Pantophlet described the importance of writing for students in his science lab.

Mini-conversations were initiated by Scott Venners, Marina Morrow and Bruce Lanphear on questions pertinent to teaching and learning in FHS now and in the future. These questions were explored: i) What do you hope the world be saying about teaching and learning in FHS in the year 2020? ii) What words, symbols, images best describe the kinds of learning experiences you wish for students in FHS? iii) What helps and/or hinders your teaching? and iv) What do you care most about when it comes to teaching and learning?

Dean John O’Neil was present to congratulate instructors on a job well done and to acknowledge that he picked up at least one idea that he hopes to use in his classroom in the future.

Participants enjoyed refreshments together. Several people suggested that “we should do this again in the not too distant future” and “it was nice to hear from people we don’t often get a chance to talk with”!

The next teaching and learning celebration is planned for Fall 2013. Mark your calendars!