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Professor of Economics Co-authors New Text on Classroom Discussion

Discussing Economics: A Classroom Guide to Preparing Discussion Questions and Leading Discussion was released in 2005 by Edward Elgar Publishing. UNC’s Michael K. Salemi, UNC-Chapel Hill Professor, and W. Lee Hansen, University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Emeritus, authored this new work to help teachers transform ad hoc class discussion into thoughtfully planned and productive sessions. Using ideas derived from the Great Books Foundation, instructors can lead students to challenge their interpretations of reading materials, clarify their understanding of economic concepts, achieve higher levels of literacy, and frame their thinking about written works in other disciplines. Discussing Economics lays the foundation for preparing for and leading discussions, and provides in-depth applications of the strategy drawing on over 60 economic readings.

Professor Salemi has been involved with teacher education since 1974. In recent years, he was chair of the Committee on Economic Education of the American Economic Association. He is currently co-PI for an AEA-NSF project to promote interactive teaching strategies in college-level economics courses. He was awarded the Bowman and Gordon Gray Professorship for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction in 1987 and again in 2004, the Bower Medal by the National Council on Economic Education in 1998, and the Villard Research Award by the Association of Economic Educators in 2001. Professor Salemi has also won two awards from the UNC Department of Economics: the Best Teacher Award in 1994, and the Zachary Smith Professorship for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1993-1996.

Professor of History Publishes New Book for Novice Instructors

In 2005 UNC Press published The Joy of Teaching: A Practical Guide for New College Instructors written by UNC Professor Peter Filene.

Since joining the UNC faculty in1967, Professor Filene has been engaged with helping new department faculty and graduate students develop and enhance their teaching skills. Professor Filene participates in the department’s annual teaching-training workshop for graduate teaching assistants; teaches a graduate seminar, “Designing an Undergraduate Survey Course;” and has held the Chairmanship of History Department Committee on Teaching from 1977 to the present.

Professor Filene has been the recipient of two Tanner Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1969 and in 1991, the Favorite Faculty Award in 1991, the Bowman and Gordon Gray Professorship for Undergraduate Teaching in 1984, and the Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2002.

Psychology Professor Writes Book on Teaching

Joseph Lowman wrote Mastering the Techniques of Teaching (Jossey-Bass first edition, 1984, second edition, 1995) following several years of teaching a seminar on college teaching for graduate students in UNC's psychology department. Working with graduate students, Lowman sought the names of exemplary instructors on the UNC campus via lists of teaching award winners and informally collected nominations by students and department chairs. Lowman interviewed each of them and made visits to their undergraduate classrooms. The book pulls together what he learned from these individuals and integrated it with the published literature on college teaching. The second edition is much larger, contains about 35 percent new content and presents data from more systematic studies of college teachers. The first edition was translated into Japanese and Arabic and was also published in English in India. The second edition is in the process of being published in Porguguese in Brazil.

Professor Lowman has won the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1989, the Favorite Faculty Award in 1994, the Bowman and Gordon Gray Professorship for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction 1996-1999, and the Board of Governors' Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006.

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