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Master Class Series

Application Deadline: Monday, September 21, 2020

The Master Class Series is an initiative of The Center for Teaching Excellence to provide specialized instruction to faculty members on a specific pedagogy discipline. The Master Class Series is designed to bring faculty and instructors together who are interested in exploring ways to advance their teaching or learning new methods in a specific area. The Master Class is led by a “Master Instructor” who has been identified as an expert on the topic.

Each semester a new Master Class Series topic is offered. The topic for the Fall 2020 Master Class is “Writing and Critical Thinking” facilitated by “Master Instructor”  Deidre Anne Evans Garriott, Writing Center Director.

Master Class Series Requirements

Faculty and instructors must apply for consideration for the Master Class Series. Faculty and instructors who are accepted into the Master Class Series must agree to attend prescheduled Master Class session. The Master Class Series is scheduled in advance and is listed below. To receive a Master Class certificate of completion, faculty and instructors must attend all three sessions.

Any faculty member at UofSC-Columbia, Palmetto College regional campuses or USC Schools of Medicine (Greenville and Columbia) are eligible to apply for the Master Class SeriesThis program is not open to graduate students nor adjunct instructors.

Master Class participants are expected participate in each session by engaging in seminar discussion, group discussion and completing assignments. Accepted faculty and instructors will be provided a letter of intent once they are accepted into the Master Class.

Master Class Series Online Application

Application Deadline: Monday, September 21, 2020


Master Class Series: Writing and Critical Thinking

2020 Fall Schedule

Best Practices of Teaching and Assessing Writing
Thursday, October 8, 2020 – 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

In this workshop, the CCCC's best practices in teaching writing and assessing writing will be reviewed. After best practices are presented, participants will be divided into small groups to develop their theories of writing for their fields and develop individual strategies for teaching and grading writing.

Critical Thinking Through Critical Reading and Writing
Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

In this workshop, participants will discuss the role(s) of reading and the relationship between reading and writing in the classroom. Some models for teaching the connection between reading and writing to motivate critical thinking in the classroom will be presented.

How to Engage Students in Writing that Demonstrates Critical Thinking
Thursday, December 3, 2020 – 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

In the final workshop of this series, some strategies for motivating students to write to demonstrate critical thinking will be shared. In small groups, participants will begin to write assignments that apply one or more of the strategies presented in the workshop.


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