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David Miller

Teaching Excellence Seminar:
Under the Bigtop: What to Do with the Large Lecture

David Miller
Carolina Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Center for Teaching Excellence, Thomas Cooper Library, Room 511


In this seminar we will pool our wisdom and share our experience when it comes to playing ringmaster in a large lecture course, whether for a crowd numbering 80 or one of 300. David Miller will start off with a brief PowerPoint presentation and accompanying set of pithy maxims based on his own experience in English 283, a course that typically enrolls 150 non-majors and that has proven over the years to be a graveyard for instructor evaluations. He’ll talk about strategies he employed to bring his ratings back from the dead (without pretending that student evaluations measure anyone’s learning but his own), and will explain the thinking behind those strategies. This presentation will serve as the lead-in to a collective brainstorming session in which the group will devise brilliant and infallible solutions to each and every one of the challenges facing instructors who are foolish or unlucky enough to end up running a three-ring circus. Join us!

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About the Presenter

David Lee Miller is Carolina Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director of USC’s Center for Digital Humanities. Although he specializes in English Renaissance Literature, he regularly and willingly teaches ENGL 283, a large course for non-majors, and was awarded the department’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2008-09.

This seminar is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. For more information, please e-mail or call 803-777-8322.

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