Manning Prize Nominations Open!

TEFD invites nominations for the 2018 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching.  Nominations close December 14, 2017.  More Manning Prize info.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 -
11:30AM to 1:00PM
New Faculty Lunch: Looking Back, Planning Ahead

Sometimes the best advice you can receive is from your peers who have shared similar experiences.  More "New Faculty Lunch" info.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017 -
1:00PM to 2:30PM
End-of-Semester Grading

International Scholars Forum: Join us to discuss the peculiarities of the American grading system and share strategies for surviving the end of the semester! More "End-of-Semester Grading" info.

Friday, December 15, 2017 -
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group

Join the Contemplative Pedagogy Working Group to discuss the use of contemplation exercises in teaching. More Contemplative Pedagogy info. 

Faculty Profile

David Gross Partners with TEFD to Study Teaching
Professor | Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

“Comparing across three different sections of the same course, we did not find statistically significant differences in individual performance, effort, or team performance depending on whether teams were formed by the instructor, by students, or randomly by the learning management system.”

In collaboration with TEFD’s Mei-Yau Shih and Sarah Pociask, David Gross (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) studied the impact of team formation strategies on student performance and attitudes in one of his team-based courses. They found that instructor-designed teams were more diverse, but that students in these teams performed no better than their peers in self-selected or randomly assigned teams. To find out more, read the full article, which was published in the July 2017 issue of the Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.