The Center for Teaching and Learning’s 2020 “Reflections on Teaching” invites four senior members of the faculty to reflect on their practice—to show us not only what they do, but also to take us behind the scenes and explain why they made the choices that they did over the years that they have been teaching. We will provide question prompts for their reflections:

  • Why have you made the pedagogical choices that you have while teaching at Amherst?
  • Has your teaching changed over the course of your teaching career at Amherst, and if so, why?
  • There is an understood expectation that Amherst College teaching should be "challenging but supportive." Do you agree, and if so, what do these adjectives mean to you? Do you see any hazards with this expectation?
  • How would you define good teaching?
  • What do you not emphasize in your teaching that others seem to think is very important? What do you emphasize?
  • Where do you hope that the college will go with its teaching mission in the next 25 years?

2020 Participants

A photo of Rhonda Cobham-Sander teaching in a classroom

Rhonda Cobham-Sander, February 20, 2020

Rhonda Cobham-Sander, Emily C. Jordan Folger Professor of Black Studies and English, will joing us on February 20, 2020.

A photo of Kannan Jagannathan in front of a blackboard

Kannan Jagannathan, March 12, 2020

Kannan (Jagu) Jagannathan, Bruce B. Benson '43 and Lucy Wilson Benson Professor of Physics, will join us on March 12, 2020.

A photo of Amrita Basu

Amrita Basu, April 9, 2020

Amrita Basu, Domenic J. Paino 1955 Professor of Political Science, and Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, will join us on April 9, 2020.

A photo of Elizabeth Aries

Elizabeth Aries, April 23, 2020

Elizabeth Aries, Clarence Francis 1910 Professor in Social Sciences (Psychology), will join us on April 23, 2020.

2019 "Reflections on Teaching"

The following Amherst College professors were the Center for Teaching and Learning’s 2019 “Reflections on Teaching” presenters.

Professor David Cox

February 28, 2019

David Cox
William J. Walker Professor of Mathematics 

Professor Stanley Rabinowitz

March 21, 2019

Stanley J. Rabinowitz
Henry Steele Commager Professor of Russian

Professor Marisa Parham

April 11, 2019

Marisa Parham
Professor of English 

Professor Judith Frank

May 2, 2019

Judith E. Frank
Eliza J. Clark Folger Professor of English