CTE Podcast

The CTE Podcast features conversations with university faculty about teaching in higher education today. Launched summer of 2020, the first episodes address topics like for example opportunities and affordances of teaching online, physically distanced teaching, and community-engaged learning in the time of COVID.


Episode by Episode

Foreword - Genesis and Goals of the CTE (Center for Teaching Excellence) PodcastWe invite you to listen to the short foreword, where we discuss the genesis and goals for the new CTE Podcast by the University of San Francisco's Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence.

Episode 1: Opportunities and Affordances of Teaching OnlineOur guest in this episode is Dr. Joan Faber McAlister, who teaches at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Joan is a seasoned teacher who has offered online courses for many years. In this episode, she reflects on how teaching online enables her to do things that can’t be done in a regular classroom, and also shares specific suggestions for course design.

Episode 2: Community-Engaged Learning in the Time of COVIDIn this episode, we talk with Star Plaxton-Moore (USF Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good) about planning and teaching community-engaged learning courses during the pandemic. Join us in hearing about challenges, opportunities, and best practices in having students engage in online community partnerships.

Episode 3: Keeping ourselves, our students, and our community safe and healthy when we return to campusIn this episode, we talk with Kelly L'Engle (USF School of Nursing and Health Professions) about the work done by USF's Public Health Working Group. Join us to learn about evolving public health recommendations and safety protocols, what in-person teaching and learning might look like, and what to expect once we return to campus.

Episode 4: Cura PersonalisMarilyn DeLaure (USF, College of Arts and Sciences, CTE co-driector), talks with Kevin Lo (School of Management) about how he incorporates the Jesuit principle of cura personalis (care for the whole person) into his teaching, both in person and online.

Episode 5: Podcasting in TeachingDaniela Dominguez (USF, School of Education) has a conversation with Eugene Kim (USF, School of Law, CTE co-director) about how and why she uses podcasting in her classes to connect with her students.

Episode 6: Centering Equity and Race-Conscious Capacity BuildingMary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi (USF Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach) and USF CTE co-directors Eugene Kim and Marilyn DeLaure reflect on ways in which race and racism factor into every aspect of life, including academia. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi discusses ADEI's work fostering dialogue about racism and equity at USF, and expresses her optimism in the wake of the racial justice protests of 2020.

Episode 7: Teaching-Learning as Conversation 

In this episode, USF’s College of Arts and Sciences International Studies Assistant Professor Quỳnh N. Phạm converses with Vassar College’s Political Science Professor Andrew Davison about teaching-learning as conversation. Continuing the conversation, Phạm reflects with USF CTE co-directors Marilyn DeLaure and Eugene Kim on the importance of attending to students’ diverse and unequal conditions of learning, engaging multiple traditions and sources of knowledge, and fostering a co-learning space that can be “reciprocally challenging,” hospitable to risk-taking, and potentially transformative for everyone involved.

Episode 8: Academic Integrity and Supporting Student Growth at USF

This episode features an interview with Jonathan Hunt, Professor of Rhetoric and Language and Director of USF's Writing Center, who is a former member and co-chair of USF's Academic Integrity Committee. Jonathan reflects on USF's Honor Code, explains the process of reporting a suspected infraction, and shares insights gleaned from research on cheating and plagiarism. The conversation also explores deeper questions about how we define "cheating," why students take short-cuts, and how we might approach academic integrity in a manner that aligns with USF's Jesuit values. The opening segment also includes ruminations about how ChatGPT poses both challenges and opportunities for promoting academic integrity in higher education.