• Afternoon Tea Discussion Series
Addressing Those Frustrating Teaching Moments
Monday, January 30, 2:30– 4pm

Have you ever been asked, “Professor, I know I missed every class last week, but I did the readings. I didn’t miss much, right?” Commiserate with your colleagues and share those vignettes that leave you shaking your head. After a little healthy venting, we’ll share strategies from our collective wisdom to manage the student and classroom challenges we find most frustrating. Our observations will also help develop a new Ballotti Learning Center workshop that will address professorial pet peeves and how students can avoid them

Mike Dickinson, Director, Ballotti Learning Center


Teaching Chinese Students: Cultural Perspectives on Learning
Tuesday, February 28th, 1-2:30pm

In this afternoon tea discussion, four scholars who have lived, taught, and worked in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan will share their experiences as students and teachers in both the Chinese and American contexts.Chinese students have become the largest group of foreign students enrolled in US colleges. A recent special report from The Chronicle of Higher Education suggested that Chinese students are a tricky fit for US colleges; and that their English learning skills are inadequate to succeed in the US. The “evidence” of Chinese students being unprepared may also reflect the American academia being unprepared for them. One of the first steps that teachers of Chinese students can do is to understand the cultural differences of learning styles between Chinese and American students: How are the education systems different? How do Chinese students view their professors? Are first-generation Chinese students more Chinese or American? What types of assessment and assignments are they used to? Co-sponsored by the Rosenberg Insitiute for East Asian Studies, the Asian Studies Program and the CTE.

Chris Dakin, Lab Instructor, Humanities and Modern Languages
Micky Lee, Assistant Professor, Communication and Journalism
Ron Suleski, Director, Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies/History
Da Zheng, Professor, English

Hovering Too Close: The Ramifications of Helicopter Parenting in Higher Education
Tuesday, March 20, 1– 2:30pm

They are needy, anxious, and sometimes plain pesky—and schools at every level are trying to find ways to deal with them. No, not students. Parents—specifically parents of today’s millennial generation—who can’t let their kids go. Some “helicopter parents” (so-called for constantly hovering over their children) are now landing at higher education institutions. They hover from the prospective admissions stage to graduation and the job market beyond. They are intervening in their children’s higher education with increased frequency and intensity, presenting social, pedagogical, and legal challenges. We will explore this phenomenon’s possible implications on students’ learning, teaching, grading, curriculum, future employers, and the law itself. We will also discuss recommendations to help strike a balance between the changing rights, roles, and responsibilities of higher education institutions and their students’ parents.

Kathleen Elliott Vinson, Professor of Legal Studies