The Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning honored 29 Certificate in University Teaching Skills recipients at our Spring Ceremony on Friday, May 3, 2013. After warm welcomes from Dr. Debie Lohe, Director of the CTTL, keynote speaker, Dr. Paul Lynch, professor in the Department of English, imparted words of wisdom on teaching and learning to the recipients, friends, and family in attendance.
During Lynch’s address, he reflected on the idea of teaching being an art, but an art of a very particular kind. Taking Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J. of Homeboy Industries as an example, Lynch asked those in attendance to reflect on the habits that distance us from our students, and to find practices to narrow that gap in meaningful ways, considering the “no matter whatness” of transformative teaching.
As Lohe reminded the attendees at the ceremony, the requirements for the Certificate in University Teaching Skills help participants to make deliberate and intentional choices about teaching, much like the ideas shared by Lynch. Friday’s ceremony acknowledged the time and commitment these participants gave to earning one of the Certificates. We also celebrated the dedication shown by those faculty who served as teaching mentors.
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