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February 17, 2008

My First Faculty Workshop

Several schools host regular "faculty workshops," in which teachers from other schools come in for a short presentation on their work.  I participated in one for the first time this past Friday, at the Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.  While they seemed to appreciate my presentation (in which I use art to illustrate ethical principles), I probably got more out of it than they did, and found the experience fascinating.  The faculty at NKU treated me wonderfully, and I was impressed with their program. 

Though I had not given it much thought, this kind of cross-germination is too rare, as the sharing of pedagogy is mainly confined to job interviews and AALS panel discussions.   I have always been impressed by the approach football coaches take, in which they often share techniques of instruction  during informal visits to one another's practices.  If possible, I would love to see my own school develop a program along these lines, now that I have seen some of the possible benefits.

-- Mark Osler

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I also had the pleasure of presenting a faculty workshop at Chase -- they do a great job of it and make visiting faculty members feel quite welcome.

There seems to be a problem in the link to your presentation, you might want to fix that (unless you intended to keep it secret and mysterious, which is also a possibility).

Mark Wojcik

Posted by: Mark E Wojcik | Feb 18, 2008 5:57:39 AM

Mark-- Sorry about the broken link. I think I have it fixed now.

Posted by: Mark Osler | Feb 18, 2008 2:34:32 PM

Mark, sorry if I'm confused -- was the workshop about both the subject matter and the pedagogy?

Are there even intra-faculty pedagogy workshops? I've been to some over the river at Harvard Business School, but I'm not sure what's standard at the law school.

Posted by: Gene Koo | Feb 19, 2008 3:45:38 PM


As I understand it, the point is to expose the faculty to different pedagogy, demonstrated within the context of the subject matter. In other words, I was talking about the substantive subject matter (ethics), and then fielded a bunch of questions about the pedagogy I used.

Posted by: Mark Osler | Feb 20, 2008 11:43:36 AM

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