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Large Classes, Big Challenges

Faculty Development Workshop

Large Classes, Big Challenges

James F. (Jay) Hamilton

Associate Professor of Advertising, Grady College

Date: October 9, 2014


Faculty face few challenges as daunting as teaching a large lecture course. While many individual tips exist for effectively engaging students in large lecture courses, less often addressed is a more synthesized approach and conception of what effective engagement means and how one might achieve it. In this talk, Hamilton shares key details and results of 20 years of personal experience in experimenting with how to teach large lecture classes effectively. 

About the Speaker

In 2014, Hamilton was named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. Additionally, he is the six-time recipient of the top teaching award in his department and is a two-time recipient of the Grady College's Roland Page Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. In 2011, he was named the college's top instructor. He has taught First-Year Odyssey Seminars, in the Grady@Oxford study abroad program and mentored students through the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities. His students have gone on to receive major professional awards, including at the Cannes Lions international advertising festival, and major scholarly awards.