Law school launches teaching excellence lecture series

Duquesne Law's new teaching excellence series kicks off on Friday, Sept. 21, with a faculty workshop featuring Professor Will Carlin of New York University, Professor Janine Carlock of Duquesne University, and three law faculty members. The 2018-2019 series highlights teaching innovation and interdisciplinary scholarship.

Dean Maureen Lally-Green advocated for creating the series and recently named Steven Baicker-McKee as the law school's new associate dean of teaching excellence and strategic initiatives. Baicker-McKee led the team with Martha Jordan, associate professor of administration. Professors Ashley London, Maryann Herman, and Tara Wilke served on the committee and developed presentations for the fall program. Said Baicker-McKee as introduction to the inaugural event, "We hope to have many more of these, to learn and exchange ideas."

Full-time and adjunct faculty teaching doctrinal, legal writing, and clinical classes will participate in the day of interactive sessions on Sept. 21.

Persuative Presentations

The keynote talk will focus on the art of persuasive presentations. Carlin, an adjunct professor of project management and communication at NYU and founder of a coaching firm, will present "Three Presentation Secrets" at 12:30 p.m. Carlin has coached graduate students at NYU Wagner School of Public Service to two national titles and three second place finishes in five years at national graduate presentation competitions. In the private sector, he has coached a start-up to win a national venture capital competition with a $500k first prize and helped an organization move from fourth place to winning a $450 million pitch to the City of New York. Duquesne Law administrators will join the faculty at Carlin's presentation.

Afternoon Sessions

Session topics in the afternoon include the use of flipped classrooms by law faculty and how best to engage students in self-evaluation of their learning.

A final session on student learning applications features the McAnulty College and Graduate School assistant professor. Janine Carlock will focus on proven methods on obtaining feedback on student learning applications, particularly for "at risk" students.

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