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The Art of Negotiation

Wednesday, March 2, 9:00am-12:00pm PT/ 12:00pm-3:00pm ET, via Zoom

This lecture will examine critical negotiation theory involving how to move from an adversarial, “fixed pie” orientation to a more collaborative and creative orientation. We will discuss how to probe beneath surface positions, demands and strategies to discover the underlying needs and motivators of the people involved in a challenging conversation. We will also analyze how to analyze potential negotiated agreements in terms of other alternatives.

Pedagogy Journal Club: Approaches to Biology Teaching and Learning


Approaches to biology teaching and learning, related to teaching strategies to promote student engagement and cultivate classroom equity.

Required Readings:

Tanner, K., & Allen, D. (2004). Approaches to Biology Teaching and Learning: Learning Styles and the Problem of Instructional Selection - Engaging All Students in Science Courses. Cell Biology Education,3(4); pp. 197-201. DOI:10.1187/cbe.04-07-0050 -- LINK

Pedagogy Journal Club: Time Management for Faculty Members, How to Preserve Teaching Quality?


Faculty life is full of diverse duties and responsibilities that can become overwhelmingly time-consuming. "Multitasking" just means reducing the attention and the quality of our focus on individual tasks, and often, teaching is the first field to suffer from this lack of time. Learning to control your time, however, may be a significant factor in your job success as a faculty member.

Required Readings:

Professional & Academic Writing Winter

II: Professional & Academic Writing

Prerequisite: Oral Communication

Winter Session: Thursdays, February 3 - March 10, 5:00pm-7:00pm

This  course on academic writing for publication focuses on learning to write coherently, clearly, and concisely. It will also include some practice in writing effective emails, letters, and short proposals. The course includes two 30-minute individual tutorials with the instructor.

Accent Reduction Winter

IV. Accent Reduction

Prerequisite: Oral Communication

Winter Session: Tuesdays, February 8 - March 15, 4:00pm-6:00pm

This class helps non-native speakers to recognize and practice American English sounds, stress, and intonation patterns in order to improve comprehension and intelligibility. This is accomplished through identification of problem areas, focused practice and recording of exercises for instructor feedback.

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Oral Communication Winter

I: Oral Communication

Winter Session: Monday, January 31 - Thursday, February 3, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Attendance is required ALL 4 Days

This course focuses on helping students improve their oral communication skills for academic and daily life. Emphasis is on increasing confidence and fluency through realistic activities both in and out of class covering pronunciation, idiom and slang usage, active listening skills, and conversation strategies.

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