Great Universities have Great Teachers and the University of Connecticut is blessed with more than its fair share. The President’s series on Teaching Excellence is designed to provide a forum to facilitate discussion and reflection on the journey from good teaching to great teaching. Come join your faculty and staff colleagues for a lively and engaging discussion as we explore the essence of being a great teacher.
The 2019 Speaker for the President’s Series on Teaching Excellence is Dr. Regina Barreca
“Why Teaching Matters, or Why I Never Turn My Back on a Class”
Students do not have to make you happy; that’s not their job. You don’t need to make them happy; that’s not your job. Their job is to understand what you’re teaching them and your job is to know precisely why they need to know what you’re teaching them. You’re the authority not because you’re in control of the situation, but because you can provide what they’ll need to carry with them for the rest of their lives. Educating students is about more than just giving them information. It’s about providing context, perspective and illumination.