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Effective Discussions about Controversial Topics

Friday, February 8, 2019
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM

Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

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Do you want to foster productive discussions on divisive issues in class but are worried that they will either be met with awkward silence or devolve into a shouting match? The scholarship tells us that class discussions can positively impact learning in the classroom and deeper understanding through active participation. However, the classroom is not immune to the tumult that roils the world around us. In this workshop, we discuss ways to build a practice of effective discussions over the semester so that students can meaningfully participate while practicing language and behavior that is acceptable in a scholarly environment.

This workshop is an elective workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion. In order to qualify for the certificate of completion, participants must attend the Inclusive Excellence at USC workshop and seven (7) electives. Participants will have 3 academic semesters (not including summer semester) to complete the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion.

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TJ Kimel
Political Science Instructor
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Midlands Technical College

TJ Kimel has served on the faculty as Political Science Instructor at Midlands Tech since August of 2017. Kimel earned his M.A. in Political Science at the University of South Carolina in 2013 and is finishing his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of South Carolina in 2019. He has been teaching since 2013. He is the 2014 winner of the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher in Political Science award. His teaching focuses on American government and politics and his research focuses on judicial legitimacy.



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