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Inside Iowa State
January 22, 1999

Faculty Forums resume Feb. 8

by Anne Dolan

The first Faculty Forum and Dinner of spring semester will be held Monday, Feb. 8, in the Memorial Union Campanile Room. Corly Petersen Brooke, professor of human development and family studies and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence (sponsor of the forums), will lead a discussion on managing the classroom while also establishing a positive learning tone. This includes expectations, such as requiring students to treat differing opinions with respect, or previewing upcoming discussion topics. It also includes more "technical" aspects, such as explaining an attendance policy or providing a reliable course calendar.

Brooke recently submitted a chapter on negotiating sensitive issues in large classes for a book on class-room civility that will be published this spring. Much of her experience comes from teaching a course on human sexuality -- a very popular course with students, but also one with sensitive topics, she said.

"It's important to set a positive tone in your classroom, but dealing early with classroom management issues is critical, too," she said.

The evening will begin at 5:15 p.m., with an extended social time and poster display by the recipients of this year's 13 Miller Faculty Fellowships. With funds from the estate of Wendell Miller, the fellowships fund faculty development proposals that respond to goals in the university's strategic plan.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the forum discussion will begin at 6:45 p.m. Dinner reservations should be made with Jane Henning, 4-2906, by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5.

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