Teaching Workshops for Faculty

Pedagogical training

Through the Feitler Center, the Smart Museum offers periodic workshops and other programs for UChicago faculty to share approaches and hone pedagogical strategies for integrating object-centered teaching into the curriculum.

Recent Workshops

Learning to Look, Learning to Write
March 4, 2022
This virtual workshop explored the relationship between art and writing pedagogies. It featured Rachel Cohen (Department of English), Patrick Barry (Law), and Ashley Lyons (University Writing Program) and was moderated by Cooper Long (PhD candidate in Cinema and Media Studies). 

Teaching Methods in the Virtual Museum
January 21, 2021
Pandemic guidelines for remote learning have posed a challenge for the way we might experience objects in the museum. This virtual workshop demonstrated hands-on approaches to strategies and tools for virtual object-based pedagogy. Led by Gary Kafer (PhD candidate in Cinema and Media Studies). 

Teaching with Objects
December 2, 2019
A workshop for UChicago faculty and instructors across disciplines that outlines specific approaches for productively integrating artwork in the classroom and provide information on how the Feitler Center can support this practice. 
Presented in collaboration with the University of Chicago Faculty Development Program.

Teaching Race, Teaching Visual Culture
March 7, 2018
Workshop for College-level instructors worked to develop concrete strategies for productively teaching race and visual culture. 
Presented in collaboration with the Race and Pedagogy Working Group. Sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Chicago Center for TeachingUChicagaoGRAD Diversity + Development, and the Center for Race, Politics and Culture.

Archive of Object Roundtables

From 2012 to 2017, the Smart engaged humanities and science faculty in lively discussion around art from the collection as part of the Mellon Program.