Meet our Guest Speakers

The Teaching Forum is pleased to announce its first installment of the Alumni Speaker Series. We have three wonderful guests lined up to talk with us about pursuing alt-ac and academic careers after completing an advanced degree in English at UW-Madison. Learn more about them below! Continue reading

Celebration of Teaching

Welcome to the new year! We wanted to ring in the new semester with a brief post on how the Teaching Forum rang out the fall semester.

We really enjoyed the great conversations we had during our end-of-semester Celebration of Teaching! We shared some best practices, looked forward to our spring teaching assignments, and met one of the newest members of the English Department. Continue reading

Post-Election Teaching Resources

In response to active conversations about ways to support students and to address tensions that arise in the classroom after the election, we’ve started a page to collect student and instructor support resources.

Please feel free to contact Naomi or Angela by email or through this contact form if you have any additional details to add to this collaborative list. We will be checking for updates frequently and will add them to this list.

Student Mental Health

At our October meeting, we heard from guest speaker Carla Davey, a Crisis Stabilization Specialist with University Health Services (UHS). She works primarily with students experiencing urgent mental health crises, often due to recent traumatic events like hate crimes or loss of a loved one, but she also visits classes and departments to disseminate information on coping with loss in academic communities and responding when others – especially students – need help coping.

This post provides a summary of the advice and resources Carla shared  with us at the meeting. Hard-copy information sheets are also available – type a quick message to the coordinators on the Contact page to get your hands on some. Continue reading

Teaching Technologies and Valuing Teaching

Teaching & Learning Technologies and Support on Campus

At this meeting we talked with former English TA Steel Wagstaff. Steel’s teaching career has led him from TAing literature to composition, from classroom instruction to DesignLab consultations, and from Helen C. White to Van Hise, where he currently works as an Instructional Technology Consultant with L&S Learning Support Services (LSS). As you can imagine, he had quite a few resources to share with us that may be use or interest to English TAs: Continue reading