Previous Teaching and Pedagogy Workshops and Events

The CFDE’s Innovative Pedagogies Series highlights and reflects on the challenges and rewards of teaching across traditional intellectual boundaries. 

Involving Undergraduates in Your Research

Thursday, February 8; 10:30-12:00. 217 Woodruff Library

Panelists will discuss training and supervising undergraduate students through SURE and the Oxford Research Scholars program to conduct research in the humanities, in the field, and in the laboratory. Panelists: Erin Tarver, Deric Shannon, and Annette Neuman.

Community Partner as the Teacher: Collaborating with Community Partners to Facilitate Student Learning

Wednesday, March 21; 12:30-2:00pm. Room TBD

Panelists will discuss the impact of working with community partners to create opportunities for effective learning and critical thinking both inside and outside the classroom. Panelists: Elizabeth Bounds, Kim Loudermilk, and Elizabeth Downes.

What We’ve Learned from Teaching MOOCs

Wednesday, April 11; 12:00-1:30pm. Room TBD

Panelists will discuss their experiences creating and teaching Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and how MOOCs can contribute to social impact in the areas of diversity and inclusion, global challenges, and social justice. Panelists: Ellen Ott Marshall, Michael Kuhar, and Pamela Scully.

Teaching International Students

Panel I of the Office of Equity and Inclusion's Inclusive Classrooms 2017 Faculty Workshop Series
Tuesday September 19, noon to 1:30 pm
Hosted by the CFDE and the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives

In this panel, international students from various schools in Emory will reflect on their experiences in the classroom and beyond. The students will share what they would like faculty to know.

Moderators: Pamela Scully, Director, CFDE, and Philip Wainwright, Vice Provost for Global Strategy and Initiatives

Innovative Pedagogies Series

Teaching Atlanta Digitally

Fri, Feb 3
1-4 pm
Jones Room, Woodruff Library

This modular half-day symposium on digital local pedagogies will be comprised of a presentations on ways instructors have taught local materials and topics in Atlanta using digital platforms, a hands-on demo of one such platform developed by Emory and GSU ATLmaps, and a facilitated dialogue about how participants might incorporate such approaches into their own classrooms.

This event is co-sponsored with Emory’s Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS).

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Making the Most of Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

Fri, Feb 10
Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor, School of Theology
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Center for Ethics Commons, Room 102

In this session participants will explore both proactive and reactive strategies for working constructively with disagreement in the classroom. We will consider the costs and opportunities that disagreement poses in the learning environment and then use a case study to discuss pedagogically constructive responses to conflict.

Connect with Teaching

Tues, Mar 2
Co-Sponsored with Emory's Center for Digital Scholarship
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Center for Ethics Commons, Room 102

Grading English Language Learners

Mon, Apr 10
Panel Discussion
noon - 1:30 pm
Center for Ethics Commons, Room 102

Teaching International Students

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. with lunch
102 Candler School of Theology/Center for Ethics

In this moderated panel, faculty will share their expertise and experience in teaching international students. An alumnus will also share his insights about navigating Emory classrooms as an international student.

Panelists include

  • Robert Liu | Associate Professor, Biology | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
  • Frank Maddox | Associate Professor, Economics | Oxford College
  • Simona Muratore | Senior Lecturer, Italian | Emory College of Arts and Sciences
  • Judith Wold | Distinguished Professor for Educational Leadership | Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
  • Zhe (Jay) Wu | Emory alumnus

This event is sponsored by the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, and the Office of the Provost.

Innovative Pedagogies: Teaching Across the University

Emory offers many broad, interdisciplinary courses that cross traditional pedagogical boundaries, cross disciplines and schools, and integrate the liberal arts mission across the university. Faculty participating in these courses learn to teach in new and different ways, acquire specific tools and strategies, discover new conceptualizations, and perhaps find new resources that will infuse their future teaching and scholarship. Innovative Pedagogies conversations will highlight and reflect on the challenges and rewards of teaching across the university.

Co-presented by the CFDE and the Coalition for the Liberal Arts.

Coalition of the Liberal Arts Courses - Faculty Panel Discussion 

April 14, 5:00 - 6:30 pm, Jones Room, Woodruff Library
Hosted by Robyn Fivush, Associate Vice-Provost for Academic Innovation

Courses discussed and its conveners:

  • “Eating Ethics”: Jonathan Crane, Amy Webb Girard, Mindy Goldstein
  • “Disability, Resilience, and the Mortal Self: Healing and Care Across the Lifespan”: Aaron Stutz, Zoher Kapasi, Bruce Greenfield, Sarah Blanton
  • “Understanding Climate Change at the 2015 United Nations Meeting in France”: Wesley Longhofer, Eri Saikawa, Sheila Tefft
  • “In Here You’re a Number: Female Incarceration and Women’s Narratives”: Brenda Baker, Stacy Bell, Jessica Sales

Previous events in this series

How Interdisciplinary Teaching Transforms Teaching and Scholarship - Faculty Panel Discussion

March 3, 4:15-6:00 pm, Jones Room

Panelists: Jaffar Khan, School of Medicine; Deboleena Roy, Emory College; Jeff Rosensweig, Goizueta Business School; Cory Labrecque, School of Medicine/Center for Ethics

Connect with Teaching: Infusing Teaching with Technology

March 28, 1:00-2:30pm, Center for Ethics, Room 102
(co-sponsored with the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship)

The Work of Art in the World Creates Pre-Texts for Teaching and Learning

Doris Sommer, Director, Cultural Agents Initiative and Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
April 1, 4:00-5:30 pm, Jones Room
(co-sponsored with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Hightower Fund, the Center for Ethics, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, the American Studies Program, the IDEAS Fellows Program, and the Emory College Language Center)

Supporting Students' Needs in the Classroom

This workshop is now available on video in two parts: 

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Few Multipurpose Room (G27)
This discussion brings together staff from the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE), Access, Disability Services, and Resources (ADSR), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) to address best practices for faculty who want to help students who may be in distress and need professional help. We will discuss how to best support students who may be struggling with mental illness and/or depression, who must navigate campus with physical and/or learning disabilities, or who (for a variety of reasons) may be having a hard time adjusting to university life. This discussion will be casual and interactive and resources will be provided at the end of the session.

Teaching Portfolio Workshop

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Jones Room, Woodruff Library

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) welcomes faculty from across the university to a workshop about developing a teaching portfolio. Whether you are preparing your tenure/promotion file or just want to gather and reflect on your teaching career, this workshop will help you begin the process. 

Please bring the following:

  • one syllabus,
  • one assignment or exam that you have designed and used in the classroom,
  • a set of student evaluations from one semester.

The workshop is open to faculty from all schools.

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Connect with Teaching

May 1, 2014, 2:30 pm, Jones Room

In collaboration with the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS), the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) offers “Connect with Teaching” a showcase of faculty using technology in the classroom to enhance student learning and engagement.

For this event, each faculty member will present their assignments and analysis of the impact of the technology within the classroom. Presenters and participants will then have the opportunity to interact and discuss at rotating round table discussions on each presented topic.

Join us as we connect faculty, technology, and pedagogy. Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Time: 2:30-4:30 pm

Location: Jones Room, Woodruff Library, Third Floor

View more information on the presenters and topics

MOOCs, DOCCS, and Hybrid Teaching

Tuesday, March 18, 3:00 pm

Jones Room, Woodruff Library

Online teaching and learning is rapidly assuming new forms, formats, and approaches. Two experts will discuss their current engagement with MOOCs "Massively Open Online Courses"), DOCCs (Distributed Open Collaborative Courses), and their success in blending these and other means and methods.


Adeline Koh is director of the Digital Humanities Center and assistant professor of literature at Richard Stockton College. Her work spans the intersections between postcolonial studies and the digital humanities, 19th/20th Century British and Anglophone Literature and Southeast Asian and African studies, and games in higher education. Koh runs the postcolonial digital humanities website and tumblr blog with Roopika Risam. She is also a core contributor to the Profhacker Column at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Adeline Koh's presentation:

This semester Adeline Koh is teaching a graduate level course on the Digital Humanities. The first six weeks of the course students will be enrolled in a current Coursera course, “The History and Future of Higher Education,” which is being run both as a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) as well as a DOCC (Distributed Online Collaborative Course). The rest of the course blends face-to-face meetings and synchronous online class discussions. In this session, Koh will discuss her and her students' experiences of this hybrid format so far. Koh's course aims to expand conceptions of the digital humanities to include discussions on digital pedagogy and twenty-first-century learning; digital cultural studies; and new forms of publication.

Elizabeth Losh is the author of Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes (MIT Press, 2009) and the forthcoming The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University (MIT Press, 2014). She is the co-author of the textbook Understanding Rhetoric (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2013). She is Director of the Culture, Art, and Technology program at Sixth College at U.C. San Diego and writes about distance learning, institutions as digital content-creators, the discourses of the "virtual state," the media literacy of policy makers and authority figures, and the rhetoric surrounding regulatory attempts to limit everyday digital practices.

Elizabeth Losh's presentation:
The War on Learning

Instructional technologies are frequently imagined as being new, cheap, light, compact, invisible, and laborsaving. Many envisioning digital “reform” in higher education hope to overturn existing practices and values and to ascend to a realm of pure content delivery unfettered by the petty demands of the material and embodied world.  Yet technologies function thanks to platforms that rely on physical constraints and affordances, and they operate in the context of users’ aspirations, desires, and fears regarding regimes of labor and property.  

So what if the access and transparency promised by networked computational media inevitably generates confusion and conflict?  How should we approach the prevalence of the assumption that digital media deeply divide students and teachers and that a once covert war between “us” and “them” has turned into an open battle between “our” technologies and “their” technologies?  On one side, faculty control course management systems, online quizzes, wireless clickers, Internet access to PowerPoint slides and podcasts, and plagiarism detection software. The student side is armed with smart phones, laptops, music players, digital cameras, and social network sites.

This talk provides context and a feminist theoretical framing to better understand massive open online courses (or MOOCs) serving thousands of remote students, educational virtual worlds, gamification schemes to motivate participants, iPad distributions, and many other pedagogical fads and gadgets.  It also affirms the value of interrogating failure stories.  From “angry professor” or “stoned professor” remixes to cheating videos on YouTube, it argues that there is much to learn even from the most seemingly subversive forms of online education. 

Inquiry-Guided Learning

Thursday, Mar. 22, 2012 | 3 – 5 p.m. EDT (light refreshments served)
Cox Hall 5

The Laney Graduate School is pleased to present the second workshop in a new series to stimulate conversation about the contemporary preparation of graduate students for teaching and learning in a broadened range of environments. The series, in partnership with the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, is open to faculty and graduate students. Topics will include: the changing contexts of teaching and learning in universities, demographic, social and economic factors that influence learning and teaching, and how these factors relate to future challenges and opportunities for working both inside and outside of the academy. Please join us for the second event of this series.

About the Workshop

In this workshop faculty will discuss the fundamental features of INQ (Inquiry Guided Learning), be given a number of examples of INQ assignments and course designs in several liberal arts disciplines, and be given the opportunity to develop an INQ component/assignment in a course that they teach. This workshop should be useful for those who have used Inquiry strategies and assignments before as well for those who are contemplating the development of Inquiry in their courses.


Jeffery Galle joined Oxford College of Emory University in the spring of 2008 as the Director of the Center for Academic Excellence after serving 19 years at the University of Louisiana at Monroe both as an English faculty and as an administrator. Galle has received a number of awards--the Scott Professorship for Teaching Excellence (1996-99), Outstanding Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences (2006), the Liberal Arts Teaching Award (1995), and the English Department Outstanding Professor Award (1994). He has been nominated to Who's Who Among America's Teachers four times by graduating honors seniors, and in 2007 he received recognition from Marquis Who's Who in America. He serves as an Associate Professor of Humanities at Oxford and teaches courses in writing and literature. In his writing and research, he has published and/or presented conference papers on Christopher Marlowe, Mark Twain, composition, and pedagogy.

Florian Pohl, Assistant Professor of Religion at Oxford College since 2007, teaches courses including an introduction to the academic study of religion, Western religious traditions, Islam, and sacred texts. He also teaches elementary Arabic. A native of Hamburg, Germany, Pohl received his master’s degree in theology (Diplom Theologe) from the Universitaet Hamburg and his PhD in religious studies from Temple University. His research interests have focused largely on Islam but also on the pedagogy of religion and religion in the public sphere. In 2010 he was named an Emory Distinguished Teaching Scholar.

Series organized by Associate Professor Amanda Lewis (Sociology) and Donna Troka (Associate Director, Center for Faculty Development and Excellence).