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Volume 38 Issue 7

Is political bias a problem in higher ed? >

November 23rd, 2005

The state’s public universities don’t need the legislature’s help when it comes to academic freedom. That was the overwhelming message brought by professors, students and administrators to a select House of Representatives education subcommittee in a two-day hearing, held Nov. 9 and 10 in the William Pitt Union. The Pitt hearing was the first of […]

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Correction >

November 23rd, 2005

An incorrect phone number for Eli Shorak, Pitt associate vice chancellor for Business, appeared in the Nov. 10 University Times in an article on the University Club. Shorak’s number is 4-5474.

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Teaching excellence fair: Teaching tips >

November 23rd, 2005

Award-winning Pitt faculty showed off their teaching wares Nov. 9 at the fifth annual Teaching Excellence Fair, a half-day smorgasbord of faculty initiatives and innovations related to teaching and the use of instructional technology. Co-sponsored by the Provost’s office and the provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence (ACIE) and coordinated by the Center for Instructional […]

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Teaching excellence fair: Launching student learning >

November 23rd, 2005

A professor enters the classroom several minutes before the start of class. Some students are there already, milling about, talking or doing the daily crossword puzzle — their minds on anything but the course material. As the professor begins the class, students take a while to settle down and discontinue socializing. Other students saunter in […]

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Teaching excellence fair: Using Blackboard tools >

November 23rd, 2005

Finding innovative teaching methods that get through to students raised in the fast-paced, information-rich world of music videos, instant messaging and the Internet is becoming increasingly important as a new generation of information consumers lands on college campuses. Today’s students are more apt to click onto a web site than to pick up a book […]

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Teaching excellence fair: Speaking of numbers >

November 23rd, 2005

It’s no mystery that communication skills are an important part of every profession and that the ability to express ideas clearly is one mark of an educated person. Math majors are no exception, but when a team of professors from Pitt Johnstown sought to tailor a public speaking course to the practical needs of math […]

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Teaching excellence fair: Teaching outside the classroom >

November 23rd, 2005

For undergraduates making the transition to adulthood, classroom experience is merely the tip of the iceberg in preparing for the real world. “Teaching outside the classroom for me is something that I do every day. It is an unavoidable component in my teaching experience,” said theatre arts professor Melanie Dreyer-Lude. “If we think of teaching […]

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Hazo stepping down from post >

November 23rd, 2005

“This is my last hurrah,” said Robert C. Hazo at last week’s panel discussion sponsored by the American Experience program, part of the University Honors College. Hazo announced that he is stepping down as director of the program, which he founded in 1970. “This is my fourth and final retirement. But this one is non-negotiable,” […]

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