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Classroom civility at UI is topic of discussion Sept. 18

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Faculty and graduate teaching assistants are invited to a discussion on classroom civility and how instructors can work to improve student behavior at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 in Room W401 of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

The discussion, which is free and open to the public, is part of the monthly discussion series, "Talking About Teaching," sponsored by the UI Center for Teaching.

Nancy Hauserman, professor of management and organizations who organized the session, says the issue of civility in the classroom is a growing concern for faculty and graduate teaching assistants at the UI and across the country.

Many faculty have reported an increase in instances of behavior that disrupts class or shows a lack of respect for instructors or other students, Hauserman says. Examples include students reading newspapers during lectures, carrying on conversations with each other during class, standing up to leave while others are talking, and occasionally saying intentionally rude things to instructors or to other students.

Hauserman, who is Williams Teaching Chair in the UI College of Business Administration, says the situation is probably less pronounced at the UI than recent media reports indicate at other universities, but she says the UI is not immune to the trend.

"At the risk of being parental, I think our roles as teachers include teaching about behavior," Hauserman says. "Poor behavior interferes with everyone's learning."

The discussion will focus on strategies faculty and graduate teaching assistants can use to teach not only the substance of courses but also to emphasize to students the important role that a good learning environment has for all students.

Tom Rocklin, director of the UI Center for Teaching, will facilitate the discussion.

For more information, visit the website for the Center for Teaching: http://www.uiowa.edu/~centeach/seminar

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