Teaching Center named in honor of education champion

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Formerly the Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence, the Gertrude B. Lemle Teaching Center has been renamed in honor of the late mother of 1975 alumnus Robert Lemle.

She was a lifelong champion of the arts and education and dedicated her life to helping others.

Now located in the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center, the Gertrude B. Lemle Teaching Center is an on-campus nexus for collaborative learning and reflection between faculty and teaching staff.

The center fosters a culture of self-reflection and cohesive, interdependent learning through programming that brings together faculty and staff to share their teaching practices and perspectives.

One such programming initiative is the Faculty Teaching Fellows program, which pairs faculty and teaching staff seeking advice on their pedagogy with an experienced faculty member. Faculty Teaching fellows are drawn from the arts and humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, social and behavioral sciences, and the Conservatory of Music.

Teaching fellows have committed to making themselves available for classroom observation, one-on-one consultation, and opening their classes for scheduled visits from interested colleagues.

Lunch Breakthrough, another programming initiative, brings together members of the Oberlin community to share novel ideas — big or small — related to teaching, the curriculum, and programming from 12:30-1:15 p.m. on Thursdays in StudiOC.

Programming this fall will include the themes “Career Preparation within the Academic Department,” “Makerspaces and Liberal Arts,” and “StudiOC/Learning Community Curricular Model.” Lunch will be catered by the Hotel at Oberlin.

Teacher/Scholar Works in Progress Talks allow Oberlin faculty to share their current projects — scholarly, artistic, and activist — with teaching faculty and staff. The talks provide an opportunity for faculty to workshop new ideas, teach colleagues about their work, practice a talk, test out new course ideas, and reflect on how their research, performance, activism, and teaching complement each other.

Talks will take place from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Fridays, followed by a Q&A from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with wine and cheese.

Additional workshops through the Gertrude B. Lemle Teaching Center will include “Syllabus Design” and “Mentoring,” which are in collaboration with the Center for Learning, Education and Research in the Sciences, and the Academic Advising Resource Center.

This article was written by Oberlin College staff and has been edited for length, style, and clarity.

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