Professional Development in Teaching
Professional Development Project
I taught Conservation for the 21st Century in the spring of 2015, a 2-credit course I designed to involve conservation majors in a debate and movement taking place in the academic community. The goal of this course was for students to think critically about how we solve issues in conservation and identify the best ways that reduce conflict in this controversial discipline. In this class, we read papers that critiqued conservation practices based on ecology, sociology, and economic frameworks, and discussed potential solutions. We then explored the literature, news media, and conservationists to find the best and worst examples of conservation through several individual and group projects. Students wrote reflections and literature reviews, gave oral and poster presentations, and made a podcast of their interview with a conservation scientist. By the end of the course, we learned that conservation is not just about science, but to have truly successful conservation plans we need to have strong public engagement.
I surveyed students on the first and last day class to gauge their opinions about conservation. The surveys captured their growth on the topic; particularly showing how their perceptions reflected the complexity of conservation and the importance of science communication and education.
Preparing the Professoriate Workshops
- Making the Most of Your PTP Experience Dr. Beth Overman Sept 9, 2014 - Designed to set expectations with our mentors and get advice for success in the program.
- QPR: Suicide Prevention and Training Dr. Beth Overman Oct 14, 2014 - Called Question, Persuade Refer, we were trained to identify and respond to distress in students.
- Course Design: Assessment to Zombies Dr. Beth Overman Oct 28, 2014 - My first step to developing my course by identifying course objectives, assessments, and experiences.
- Surviving the Academic Job Interview Dr. Beth Overman Nov 11, 2014 - An inside look and practice of how to respond to and ask questions for academic job interviews.
- Teaching Portfolio/Philosophy Kickstart Susanna Klingenberg and Dr. Beth Overman Dec 2, 2014 - Learning the Do's and Don't's of teaching philosophies and portfolios.
- Finding Your Institutional Fit Dr. Beth Overman Jan 27, 2015 Designed to figure out what we want in a teaching position and how to identify that in an institution or job listing.
- Networking Event - Duke PFF Program Dr. Beth Overman Feb 6, 2015 - In speed-dating format, we met with NC State instructors holding a wide range of teaching positions.
- Faculty Networking Event Dr. Beth Overman - March 6, 2015 In speed-dating format, we met with faculty from regional universities of different sizes and missions.
- Reflecting PTP Experience Dr. Beth Overman April 21, 2015 Final meeting to wrap up the program, and share our experiences, successes and improvements .
Importance of Economics in Conservation
Importance of Sociology in Conservation
Planning Future Leaders Reading Circle
We read the book "8 Essential Questions Teachers Ask," by Dr. Deanna Dannels, who also led the reading circle. We used the book to guide our discussion of concerns and experiences in teaching and how to improve our communication with students.