We are pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Lecturer Teaching Fellows. These fellowships are designed for Lecturers interestd in enhancing their teaching by developing teaching and learning tools, templates, and resources for both their individual courses and for the larger teaching and learning community at UC Berkeley. Learn more about the Lecturer Teaching Fellows (LTF) program and past awardees.
Robin Ball, Molecular and Cell Biology
There is a movement to bring in more active teaching into STEM lectures and to get students talking to each other about the material. It can be intimidating to try this for the first time as an instructor without having seen it demonstrated, especially in a large course. I would like to create an online resource of videos of instructors using various active learning techniques in the classroom (in-person or online), with a particular focus on large STEM lecture courses. Techniques could include using Clicker/poll questions, think-pair-share, jigsaw discussions, using case studies and real-world examples, and making concept maps.
Carmen Acevedo Butcher, College Writing Program
This LTF project sparks dialogue on small ways to make powerful, influential changes in our communication with each other and with students. It engages us in approaches that give us all new ways to be aware of language used in our pedagogy, and to mindfully practice listening actively and using words more thoughtfully, with a people-first mindset. As Awaken CEO Michelle Kim teaches, “I implore [people] to stop asking for the list of words to memorize and instead, think of inclusive language as an *APPROACH* and an ongoing *PRACTICE*.”
Jennifer Cho, English
My project sets out to identify modes of improving literacy around issues of diversity, equity, and social justice in the composition classroom. I ask how students and instructors’ explicit and implicit biases and our own social positionalities might inform our reception to and interpretation of literary texts, while developing strategies that encourage students to participate in discussions around racism, white supremacy, and other forms of systemic oppression with safety and support. In addition, I am interested in compiling a resource for instructors who are committed to incorporating diversity and anti-racism initiatives in their writing pedagogies.
Rose Carmen Goldberg, Law School
The power of opinion is concentrated with a narrow and privileged set of voices. The vast majority of op-eds are written by men and the data on race are no better. This Lecturer Teaching Fellow project will help diversify public discourse by developing a publicly available op-ed writing pedagogy tool. Op-eds are especially important now, as society grapples with overlapping crises and ethical conundrums. Students, faculty, and community members of all backgrounds and disciplines have much to contribute to these conversations.
Karen Llagas, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies
Sarah Gold McBride, American Studies
This project will develop a framework for engaging undergraduate students in a robust, rigorous, and meaningful senior thesis seminar taught through remote instruction. For many students in humanities and social science disciplines, the process of writing a senior thesis can feel solitary, even during face-to-face instruction; the conditions of remote instruction can amplify students’ sense of disconnect from their work, their instructor, and their classmates. Moreover, students conducting thesis research without access to university services (such as the library or on-campus wifi) are, in my experience, more likely to struggle with their research, exacerbating equity of access for students who want to engage in the highest level of undergraduate research. This project will work to ameliorate these issues by developing a course framework and course materials—available for adoption by faculty across campus—that will provide remote students with the structure, resources, and sense of community they need to produce substantial and significant thesis projects.
Vesna Rodic, French
Kenneth Wong, Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies
Lecturer Teaching Fellows Program Facilitators
LTF program facilitators design a curriculum of professional development sessions on topics related to Fellows' projects and key themes in teaching and learning. Program Facilitators also support Fellows in refining and implementing their projects. As a peer-led program, Program Facilitators foster an inclusive environment by leveraging shared teaching and learning experiences and the expertise within the community of Fellows.
Michelle Douskey, Chemistry
Ryan Sloan, College Writing
Along with his work in the College Writing Programs and the Haas School of Business, Ryan co-facilitates the Lecturer Teaching Fellows Program. He works with a number of campus initiatives, including the Koshland Graduate Student Summer Fellows, the Haas PreCore Transfer Program, the College Writing Research Festival and the Berkeley Changemaker Program. Before he was Co-Facilitator, Ryan was also an LTF Program Fellow; his project Tumblr as Artist Studio: Digital Intervention for Student Writing can be found at https://sloanstudio.tumblr.com.