Welcome to our September edition of “What’s happening at UCAT this month?” This post will highlight some up-coming events in September, detail some UCAT updates and give you the specifics about our September book giveaway!

Upcoming Events:UCAT has a variety of events and exciting activities to fill our September. We hope you will join us for some of these sessions!

Autumn 2018 Lecturer Lunch Webinar Series: (re)Designing a core assignment – September 8, 2018 from 12:00pm – 12:15pm
REACH© Suicide Prevention Training – September 10, 2018 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Did They Really Just Say That?! Responding to Bias in the Classroom – September 12, 2018 from 10:30am – 12:00pm
Introduction to Active Learning Strategies – September 17, 2018 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Politics in the Classroom – September 19, 2018 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Autumn 2018 Lecturer Lunch Webinar Series: (re)Designing a core assignment – September 22, 2018 from 12:00pm – 12:15pm
GTA Toolkit September Breakfast: Group Work – September 25, 2018 from 9:00am – 10:30am
Combatting “Fake News” in the Classroom through Critical Thinking – September 28, 2018 from 10:30am – 12:00pm

Please pre-register for any events you’d like to attend on our events page.

Book Giveaway:We are delighted to announce a book giveaway contest for the month of September! This month we will be giving away a copy of Therese Huston’s Teaching What You Don’t Know.

Hurston, Therese. (2009).  Teaching What You Don’t Know. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Therese Huston, the Founding Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Seattle University, wrote this book based on numerous interviews she conducted with university faculty across a variety of disciplines. In her interviews, she spoke with faculty members about the growing need to teach outside of one’s academic expertise and how professors often feel only about “10 minutes ahead” of students in preparing for new classes.

Huston’s writing includes engaging and helpful anecdotal sketches that drive her points and highlight the insecurity many faculty members feel about teaching outside of their expertise. Each chapter includes useful headings for quick reference, with Chapter 5, “Thinking in Class,” and Chapter 6, “Teaching Students You Don’t Understand,” providing a number of useful exercises to use in the classroom while teaching at the edge of one’s expertise.

Her first two chapters discuss reasons for teaching outside of one’s expertise as well as the benefits of doing so. Chapters 3-5 give helpful tips and strategies for preparing new courses, handling uncomfortable classroom situations and presenting content outside of your expertise. Chapters 6 and 7 detail useful strategies both for getting to know your students better and for improving  upon classes and teaching styles. Finally, the last chapter gives detailed advice to university administrators who support academic faculty. –Amazon.com


We hope you will join us for some of these events and we look forward to reviewing your entries for the book giveaway contest. All of us at UCAT wish you a wonderful start to your semester.