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Coffman Chair for University Teaching Scholars
Summary of Activities

Dr. Andrew Barkley
Chair, 2003-2004

My service as the Coffman Chair for Distinguished Teaching Scholars included five major activities, including: (1) the planning and implementation of a teaching conference for the K-State teaching community on January 20, 2004, (2) University leadership for online grade submission, (3) University leadership for online student evaluations of teaching, (4) delivery of a presentation, “Comforting the Afflicted and Afflicting the Comfortable” on December 4, 2003, and (5) mobilizing the Coffman Scholars group to work together on teaching and learning issues.

K-State Teaching Renewal Retreat - "Spring into Spring Semester"

A one-day conference and retreat to present and discuss strategies for fun, innovative, and successful spring semester teaching and learning. Attendance: 125.

January 20, 2004, 8 AM to 6 PM, Rock Springs 4-H Center, Junction City, Kansas

Sponsored by: K-State Provost James Coffman, Coffman Distinguished Teaching Scholars, K-State Wakonse Fellows.

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Arrival and Continental Breakfast. Caffeine and carbohydrates.
Moderator. Professor Sue Zschoche, Department of History.

9:00 - 9:30 AM

"The Importance of Teaching." Provost James Coffman.

9:30-10:00 AM

"Student Learning and Motivation." Jane Fishback, Department of Foundations and Adult Education.

10:00 - 10:10 AM

"Wakonse Fellows Introduction." Steven Stockham, Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology.

10:10 - 11:00 AM

"Strategies for Successful Teaching." Panel discussion. Coffman Distinguished Teaching Scholars: Jana Fallin, Bryan Schurle, Steve Thien, Larry Williams, and Dean Zollman. Teaching tips from "the best of the best." Moderator: Janice Swanson, Animal Sciences and Industry.

11 AM-Noon

Keynote Speaker: "Building a Community of Teachers." Bill Bondeson, Curator's Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy and Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Noon - 1:00 PM

Catered Lunch. Caffeine and protein.

1:00 - 1:30 PM

"Teaching with Technology: New Tools for Effective Teaching." Rebecca Gould , Director, Information Technology Assistance Center (ITAC); Rob Caffey, Director of Mediated Education, Office of Mediated Education (OME); Scott Finkeldei, Assistant Director of IS, Divison of Continuing Education (DCE).

1:30 - 4:00 PM

Invited Paper Sessions. Concurrent 25-minute presentations by K-State teaching community.

4:00 - 6:00 PM

Award Recognition, Social, and Reception. Recognition of teaching award winners, Wakonse Fellows, and Coffman Scholars.

"Comforting the Afflicted and Afflicting the Comfortable: Teaching Heroes and Warrior-Pacifists."
Provost’s Lecture Series. December 4, 2003


Teaching is hard work. Why do we teach? Diverse answers to this query will be explored using economic principles and personal perspectives. Evidence will be presented to demonstrate that University teaching is increasingly important and interesting. As a result, enhanced teaching effectiveness provides enormous personal, professional, and social benefits. Teachers who accept and confront paradox, contradiction, and adversity receive three of life's highest rewards: (1) learning something new, (2) conquering a difficult challenge, and (3) helping students to achieve their personal and professional goals. Strategies for pursuing effective teaching and enhanced student learning will be discussed, using characteristics of "teaching heroes" and "warrior-pacifists" for guidance and inspiration. "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." -Steve Prefontaine