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Fordham PhDs and Educating Future Educators

Part of Fordham’s rigorous PhD program is its mandatory Teaching Tutorial. This class uses one-on-one training with a member of Fordham History’s professoriate to give PhD candidates valuable pedagogical training and classroom experience. The tutorial transitions PhDs from their first two years of coursework into their upcoming teaching assignments mandated by the PhD program’s funding package. We caught up with Michael Sanders, a PhD candidate who is finishing his second year at Fordham and recently completed his tutorial with Dr. Héctor Linda-Fuentes, to get his perspective on the experience.

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Postcard from Italy

From left to right: Dr. Matt McGowan, Martin Nelson, and Bryan Whitchurch.

The History Department’s own blog contributor and MA student, Martin Nelson, spent the beginning of his summer helping the Fordham Classics Department guide a study tour that explored ancient Roman sites in Naples, Ostia, Herculaneum, Pompeii, and, of course, Rome. As part of the blog’s Postcard series, he had this to say about the experience… Continue reading

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Touching the Past: Teaching History with Tactile Engagement

The participants in the Jesuit Pedagogy Seminar will be giving 10-12 minute talks this Thursday, May 5th, in the Walsh Library Special Collections Room from 10:00 am until 2:15pm.  Lunch will be served at 11:00am.  At 11:15, Alisa Beer, Senior Teaching Fellow in the History Department, will be giving a talk about teaching history with physical object. Alisa is already well-respected among students and colleagues for the way she weaves material culture into her classes. Earlier this year we managed to get some video of Alisa in action, talking with students about medieval manuscripts in the Fordham University Library collection:

YouTube / Dr. Nicholas Paul – via Iframely

So if you are interested in learning about how to teach history tangibly, please come along on Thursday May 5 at 11:10 for Alisa Beer’s presentation at 11:15.*

Alisa says about her talk:

As a medievalist and a rare book librarian, I believe strongly that a physical experience of the past can create a visceral connection to the study of history that is not available through the use of a textbook alone.  Allowing students to interact directly with primary source objects deepens their understanding of the tangibility of the past and engages them in a way that interaction with a textbook cannot rival. As a participant in the Jesuit Pedagogy Seminar this past semester, I was able to incorporate the Ignatian ideals we learned about into my teaching by developing a hands-on exercise on textile production in which students learned about making cloth in the middle ages by actually using spindles and a small loom.


*Alisa adds that it is perfectly OK if you want to show up only for one presentation and you need not stay for the entire day.

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Workshop on Teaching Philosophy Statements- Tuesday May 20 at 10AM

The History Department will host a workshop  on Developing Statements of Teaching Philosophy on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to be held in the Walsh Library Electronic Information Center (Computer Lab 044).  Light refreshments will be available before the workshop with lunch to follow.

Dr. Paul Beaudin, Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Science and Associate Professor of Education at Iona College, will offer a 3-hour workshop for graduate students.

The workshop will begin with a presentation on curriculum and pedagogy and then lead to discussions on the work of several educational theorists.  Participants will conduct on-the-spot, online research, discuss teaching philosophies with faculty and fellow graduate students, and then write and receive feedback on their own statements of teaching philosophy.
If you have already written a statement of teaching philosophy, please come and refine it further.  If you haven’t already written a statement, you will leave this workshop with a good working draft.  Either way, this workshop will develop your grasp of the philosophy of teaching and further prepare you for the job search and interview process.  Please come and participate in this important department workshop.
Please RSVP by May 14th.  Given that other departments have been invited to participate, this workshop is expected to fill up quickly.  Email your response to Johnathan Pettinato (pettinato@fordham.edu)


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