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Junior Faculty: Visit the classroom of John Geer on February 14

Posted by on Monday, February 11, 2013 in News.

A Teaching Visit involves a small group of faculty who observe a colleague’s class (on a selected day), followed by an hour of conversation about what was observed, particularly shared teaching challenges. The Center for Teaching has hosted Teaching Visits for many years and they have been among the most productive and helpful events we offer. They are wonderful opportunities for Vanderbilt teachers to observe directly and then discuss various forms of teaching across the disciplines, building collegiality and expertise around inquiries into teaching and learning.

John Geer, Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Professor in Political Science.

PSCI 100: Inbtroduction to American Government and Politics

This course introduces students to the American political system.  The primary focus is on the operation of our national government.  Not only will we examine how the formal institutions of government work, such as the Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court, but we will also consider the informal institutions, such as public opinion, political parties, and the mass media.  The underlying theme of this course concerns whether the United States is a democracy.  This is the “big” question in the course.  Most Americans just assume we are democratic.  Certainly our leaders claim we are the greatest democracy in the world and in fact have gone to great efforts to spread our approach to government to other countries.  But are we democratic?  The answer, as you will see, is open to debate.  This class provides, in effect, a chance to have that debate.

Date: Thursday, February 14th
Class Time: 1:10-2:25 pm
Location: Wilson 103
Pedagogies: Lecture
Facilitator: Joe Bandy
Discussion Location: TBD

Junior Faculty Only (tenure or non-tenure track) are invited to attend



We endeavor to organize visits across the university in various disciplines, but visitors do not have to be in the same discipline as the course they are observing. Indeed, many faculty members have found it helpful to encounter teaching styles and strategies different than their own, which they can then discuss with colleagues after the observation and adapt to their own use.

If you are interested in hosting a Teaching Visit or have any other questions about the program, please contact the CFT’s Cynthia Brame.


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