Teaching Excellence Workshop:
Can Teaching Improve Graduate Students’ Research Skills?
Intriguing Findings from an Ongoing NSF-Funded Study
Thursday, February 4, 2010, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Williams-Brice Building, College of Nursing, Room 409
Teaching and conducting research have been called "contested spaces" that compete for faculty and graduate students’ time and effort. However, emergent findings from an NSF-funded study suggest that engagement in certain types of teaching can actually increase the level of one’s research skills. So, how can faculty and graduate students alike harness the power of teaching to improve their capabilities as researchers? Join Dr. David Feldon from the University of Virginia and Dr. Briana Timmerman from the USC Honors College in unlocking the door between teaching and research. Drs. Feldon and Timmerman will share exciting findings and provide specific recommendations to help faculty and graduate students leverage their teaching to increase their research productivity.
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About the Facilitators
David Feldon is Assistant Professor of STEM Education and Educational Psychology at the University of Virginia and a visiting faculty member at the University of South Carolina. His research investigates interactions between expertise, cognition, and instruction in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines. Results from one of his projects funded by the National Science Foundation will be discussed at this workshop.
Briana Timmerman is the Associate Dean of the USC Honors College and former Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department of Biological Sciences. Her research examines students’ scientific writing and peer review activities in relation to assessment practices and students’ development research skills and scientific reasoning.