Brenda J. Allen, "Teaching Difference Matters"
seminar will examine how to apply critical communication pedagogy in communication
courses that focus on social identity (e.g., gender, race,
ethnicity, class, age, sexuality, religion, ability, and nationality).
Based on the premise that these categories of difference are social constructions
that matter to how, when, and why humans interact (or not!) with one another,
the course will explore topics such as discourse, power, privilege, ideology,
culture, reflexivity, and intersectionality. Participants will engage in
a variety of classroom experiences to anticipate challenges and achieve
of teaching difference matters.
Betsy Bach, "Increasing Classroom Competency: A Seminar in Instructional Communication Theory and Practice"
The general objective of this seminar is to make you a more communicatively competent instructor, whether you are a new or experienced teacher. Specifically, the seminar is designed to enhance the probability that you will understand both effective classroom communication and instruction, and the value of assessing student learning. As such, upon completion of this seminar you should be able to do the following:
1. establish a supportive classroom environment;
2. articulate the necessary criteria for generating and leading classroom discussion;
3. appreciate the use of instructional objectives and design and implement classroom instructional objectives;
4. discuss the difference between norm- and criterion-referenced measurement and the implications for using criterion-referenced measurement;
5. use different classroom assessment techniques to determine if students are learning what you are teaching;
6. assess teacher communicator style and use teacher immediacy on self and others;
7. engage in teacher evaluation and how to construct teacher evaluation instruments;
8. manage a culturally diverse classroom.
Seminar participants will be asked to do a series of readings prior to meeting at Hope and will be asked to bring with them a video tape or YouTube posting of their classroom teaching for review.
Catherine Palzcewski, "Rhetoric, Identity, Citizenship, and Civic Culture: Expanding the Modes of, and Challenging the Limits on, Public Engagement"
This seminar will
focus on the interactions between rhetoric and civic culture, with particular
on rhetoric as a mode of citizenship. Understanding
citizenship in Asen's sense, not as a narrow act (e.g., of voting) but as
a process, the teaching of rhetoric becomes a way to teach citizenship and
engagement. Topics will include: reconsidering the personal as political
in a age where the political has been reduced to the personal (e.g., Berlant,
Crenson & Ginsberg), rhetorical negotiations of citizenship status (e.g.,
West on transgender citizenship, Flores on immigration, Stillion Southard
on woman's suffrage, Stuckey on Native American sovereignty), and visual
rhetorics' possibility of inducing a civil contract (e.g., Azoulay, Lucaites & Hariman).
Readings and discussions will operate with an eye to developing units on
rhetoric that can be incorporated across a range of classes (including, but
not limited to, introductory rhetoric classes, political communication, rhetoric
and social protest, rhetorical theory, and rhetorical criticism).
George Rodman, "Teaching Mass Media”
There are a number of disparate but equally exciting approaches to teaching the introductory college course in mass media. We will be examining historical, cultural, industry, political, technological, media ecology, media literacy, media effects, aesthetic and hybrid approaches, as well as specialized approaches like focusing on the future of media. We will discuss the pros and cons of each approach and design learning objectives and course curricula in group exercises. Participants will be asked to bring their favorite texts, supplementary materials and syllabi. Sessions will include “Why Teach Media?” “What Do We Teach?” “The Text Dilemma,” and “The Next Big Thing/The Future of Media.”
Thomas J. Socha, “Families, Positive Communication, and Lifespan Development”
This seminar examines positive communication in families, that is, communication intended to facilitate and manage familial contexts and conditions necessary for optimal human development and growth across the lifespan. Topics to include: A positive lifespan approach to comprehensive communication in families, Communication and family wellness, Family communication and development of positive character strengths and virtues, Positive developmental approaches to family communication processes, and imagining the future of family communication education.
Vince Waldron, "Good Relationships: Forgiveness Episodes and other Moral Negotiations among Close Partners"
Forgiveness can be a hopeful and constructive response to the inevitable hurt and harm that accompanies close relationships. This rich interpersonal construct has long drawn the attention of philosophers, theologians, and more recently, clinical psychologists. Forgiveness has been a powerful component of peace and reconciliation processes in such strife-torn countries as Rwanda and South Africa. But only in the last decade has forgiveness been conceptualized as a process of interpersonal communication. Our course will explore forgiveness as a kind of moral negotiation in personal relationships -- one which can enhance the mental health of the parties and (sometimes) facilitate relationship healing. We will also consider related forms of morally-tinged communication, including atonement, and reconciliation. Participants will be introduced to a stimulating array of films, readings, and instructional materials that can be easily incorporated in courses on interpersonal communication, conflict, and related topics. Lots of discussion is planned, so this should be a fun course!