College of Business

Student Panel Flips the Script in CoB Teaching Academy

by Stephen Briggs

CoB Teaching Academy - 2018

SUMMARY: The twice-per-semester Teaching Academy is a program aimed at giving professors and instructors new perspectives on how to plan and deliver courses, and a chance to share best practices and discuss new ideas across disciplines.

The College of Business recently hosted an event to enhance faculty effectiveness in the classroom and beyond. Four times a year the Academy provides a different course of learning. Last semester it reached out beyond James Madison University and invited Greg Justice from Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts to present on “Using Performance Techniques in the Teaching Process.” This time, they turned their lens another direction—by gathering five students and sending them out to interview their peers about their experiences with different teaching styles in the classroom. 

After compiling that information, the students (Tess Atkinson, Matt Cherry, Josh Hulett, Katie Kennedy and Van Pearce) presented their findings in a panel discussion. Bob Richardson, who organizes the events with Scott Stevens, said, “We have a great culture of pursuing teaching excellence in the College of Business. Several faculty told me that they thought the student panel was the best event we have hosted. It was such a big hit, I think we might try another panel in the future.”

Published: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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