Writing Teaching into Your Diversity Statement

By: Michael DuPontMichael serves as the Assistant Director for Educational Development in the Center for Teaching Excellence. He provides resources, programming, and consultation on college teaching/learning and academic career success for faculty and graduate students at Duquesne University.As you read this now, you may very well be applying for a faculty position or know of …

What Duquesne Faculty are Saying about Starfish

By: Steve Hansen You may have thought Starfish was only useful for getting student accommodation letters and contacting advisors when a student is having difficulty, but it is more.  Starfish is a powerful retention tool based on the premise that “every student counts” according to J.D. Douglas, Director of Retention and Advisement, in Enrollment Management …

Helping Students through Midterm Stress

This post originally appeared on CTE's Teaching and Learning Tips, and was prepared by Duquesne's Counseling and Wellbeing Center. We feature it today on World Mental Health Day and in consideration of the stress and anxiety that can sometimes accompany midterm exams, especially for first-year and first-generation students. Helping students manage their stress as it …

“Another Touch on the Ball”: Active Teaching in the Digital Age

Derived from an interview between Dr. Marsha McFalls and Arianna Lower, co-editor When soccer players train and practice, their coaches always encourage them to keep “touching the ball.” This movement forces players to create muscle memory. Duquesne University assistant professor Dr. Marsha McFalls transferred this process into the classroom. In her class Self-Care in Pharmacy …

Contemplative Pedagogies in Practice

By: Christina Frasher As we begin the new academic year we may have many emotions arise: excitement, anticipation, relief, inspiration or dread. Through my own teaching experiences, I have encountered a roller coaster of feelings over the years and my recent dive into utilizing contemplative practices has been a buoy when I have experienced these …