From Arm's-Length to Arm-in-Arm: Building student rapport

Facilitated by Dave Brain, Associate Professor, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences.

Rapport is a beneficial but sometimes under-appreciated component of a student’s experience in a course, or college in general, and has been linked to student motivation, participation, and satisfaction with a course. In this symposium we’ll review the benefits of building rapport, and share and discuss strategies for fostering closer relationships (both instructor-student and student-student) during lecture and outside of the classroom. We’ll also discuss some of the challenges and perceived negative consequences associated with knowing students better (including issues pertaining to boundaries, expectations, and time), and how to handle them. As a result of our discussions we might even get to know each other better! 

A Faculty Teaching Excellence Program (FTEP) symposium. This event is co-sponsored with the Graduate Teacher Program (GTP). Graduate student instructors are welcome to attend this session.  

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE), E351

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Development & Training


Faculty, Students, Graduate Students


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