Teaching Philosophy

Teaching Philosophy
(about teaching philosophy)

Kate Moran, Associate Professor of Philosophy, explores the tension between helping students realize that they, too, can be a part of an ongoing discussion among philosophers — while also wanting students to realize that philosophy takes a lot of work, and it can sometimes be difficult, confusing and frustrating. This type of tension appears in disciplines across the University.

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Classroom Discussions Post-Election

Teaching after the election. The University of Michigan outlines helpful strategies.

Teaching and Testing Analysis Skills

Teaching and Testing Analysis Skills

Carol Osler, Professor of Finance in the Brandeis International Business School, describes how she teaches analytical skills and creates tests that allow her students to best demonstrate these skills.

Charles Golden

Learning to Teach: Isolation, Communication, and Pedagogy

Charles Golden, Associate Professor of Anthropology, highlights the challenges facing faculty in learning how to teach. 

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James Morris

A Prescription for Better Teaching, Stronger Doctors

James Morris, Department of Biology, reflects on what he "learned in medical school and how it translates to, or doesn't translate, to teaching."

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Brandeis Counseling Center

All faculty are invited to the following workshops sponsored by the Brandeis Counseling Center.


Campus Connect

November 1, 2018 @ 10am-12:00pm, Genetic Counseling Conference Room, Gerstenzang 135

Designed specifically for a university community, Campus Connect training focuses on enhancing faculty and staff members' knowledge, awareness, and skills concerning college student suicide prevention. Beyond increasing one's knowledge about students in a suicidal crisis, emphasis is placed on developing empathic listening skills, communication skills, and the ability to compassionately and directly ask students about their suicidal thoughts.

To sign up for a Campus Connect workshop, please go to the following link.

Supporting Students in the Classroom- Drop in Consultation

November 9, 2018 @ 1pm-2:30pm, and November 28, 2018 @ 1pm-2:30pm, BCC Conference Room in the Mailman Building.

Faculty are invited to join Joy von Steiger, the Director of the BCC, in the conference room at the Brandeis Counseling Center for a drop in consultation meeting to discuss issues of concern about students in your classes. Specific questions/concerns are encouraged.

While it is not necessary to sign up in advance for the drop in consultation times, if you wish to please go to the following link.

Welcome to the Center for Teaching and Learning at Brandeis University

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is a place where faculty, graduate students and post-docs — novice and experienced teachers alike — can share and explore ideas about teaching and learning.

The CTL offers a wide range of programs and services, including:

The CTL also helps instructors find useful resources provided by Library and Technology Services, Experiential Learning and Teaching, and Academic Services.

Follow us on Twitter @BrandeisCTL and read the latest posts on Thoughts on Teaching. If you wish to utilize the Experiential Learning Van, please submit a request here

Programs and Events

Monday, October 15, 11am-noon, Do grades help students learn? Are we stuck with them? , Facilitated by Dan Perlman, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning 

Faculty Discussions on Diversity: October 29, 9:30-11am: Socialization, facilitated by Allyson Livingstone, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Education, Training, and Development. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2-3:30pm. How to help students ask better questions, Facilitated by Dan Perlman, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning 

Faculty Discussions on Diversity: November 14, 2-3:30pm: Multi-systemic Privilege and Oppression, facilitated by Allyson Livingstone, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Education, Training, and Development. 

Thursday, November 29, 2-3:30pm. Creating a valuable syllabus, Facilitated by Dan Perlman, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning