Date: Wednesday, June 1
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., first of two presentations at this time
Location: 104 Gore Hall

The reliance on end-of-year student evaluations of teachers has long been lamented. Even teachers with high scores don’t believe that end-of-semester questionnaires often get deeply to the heart of what and how students learn. The delayed and summative nature of these year-end evaluations often fail to improve teaching in meaningful and immediate ways. We will report on our pilot program that uses a quick in-class student survey whose results are made immediately visible with the purpose of engendering a full discussion between students and the observer (a peer teacher from the program). Instructors can then make immediate use of the student feedback and assess the effects of the changes they make to their classrooms. We will discuss ways to improve teaching by using similar formative assessment in single classrooms, program-, or department-wide.



Christine Cucciarre

Christine Cucciarre    
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Composition, English

Christine has been at UD for almost seven years. She teaches ENGL110, Writing the New Media, Introduction to Creative Writing, and several other writing courses. She also facilitates the University’s Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) workshops for faculty who are interested in using writing to engage their students. She is the winner of the University’s 2016 Excellence Teaching Award and the 2013 College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. Her interests are in writing pedagogy, labor issues, curricular development, and mentoring college teachers.


Joe Harris

Joseph Harris    
Professor, Director of Composition, English

Joe Harris came to UD in 2013 as a professor in the English department. Joe teaches courses in composition and critical reading, and, as the director of the composition program, mentor new teachers of writing. Along wth Christine Cucciarre, he has launched a series of efforts that aim to create an ongoing conversation about teaching in our department—encouraging teachers to visit one another’s classrooms and to talk about the work they are doing with undergraduates. Joe and Christine will report on one of these projects at the Summer Institute.

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