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This presentation was compiled by Richard Baraniuk (ELEC), Mike Gustin (BCB), Jane Grande-Allen (BIOE), and Yousif Shamoo (BCB).

Discussion topics

How to be a good teacher

How to balance teaching and getting a research program off the ground

Why do we teach?

So that people learn

Who do we teach?



your chair, your dean

the public

program managers

patent office

Teaching tips – richard felder

Developing a good course takes time

learn good time management

What students learn<What you teach

don’t just try to “ cover ” the material

Learning styles

don’t “teach yourself”

Active learning

“I hear, I forget;

I see, I remember;

I do, I understand”

2 minute paper

Teaching large classes – mike gustin

Large class teaching: tips

Outline of class topics on board

Avoid powerpoint where possible

1-2 sec pause between points

Be intense

Wait for questions, step into class

Take a break in the middle

Large class teaching: issues

Break into smaller groups?


Quiz at start of class?

Notes on line?

Large class teaching: testing

Exam topics predictable, exact question not

Multiple choice plus short essay (best 5 of 7)

Curve each exam, give letter grades

Mean ± SD, mean = lowest point of B range;

each SD one full grade (B-, B, B+)

Your first year teaching – jane grande-allen

  • Plan 6-8 hours of prep time per lecture
  • Don’t expect perfection
  • Do get feedback throughout the semester
  • Don’t expect eager listening faces
  • Do make the time to get to know your students

or at least learn names

Assignment tips

  • Textbooks have typos
  • Work the exams yourself
  • Extra credit: not all that

After: recap and revise

  • Fix the lectures that needed the most work irst
  • Every few lectures, work in up to date data to keep things current
  • Get a mentor and meet monthly. Go over how EVERYTHING has been for you
  • Do attend teaching workshops


  • Don’t take the evaluations too harshly
  • “This professor actually discouraged independent thought…”
  • “Dr. Grande-Allen is the most fair&considerate teacher I’ve had at Rice…”
  • “Not enough engineering – too much biology”
  • “The name of the course should surely be changed to Mechanical Properties of ECM because little or no chemistry or biology was discussed”

Time management / balance

  • Set office hours and keep to them
  • Give the same course lecture you gave last year
  • Don’t say yes to every undergrad that wants to work with you
  • Focus your time on learning what you need for the research you will be strongest at
  • Do early
    • Write IRB and IACUC
    • Attend regional training seminars by NIH and NSF
    • Sign up for grants mailing lists

Maintain perspective

  • Get a mentor and meet monthly!
  • Colleagues, other young faculty
  • Get to know some people and faculty outside the department
  • Read At the Helm
  • Check out a few blogs of other women in this position

Points for discussion

  • How to deal with absent or failing students
  • The students are not like you were/are
  • Should you recycle quizzes/exams?
  • How accommodating should you be to student requests?
  • Where did the day go? Protecting your time
  • What is important and not important?

Compiled/presented by

Richard Baraniuk (ELEC)

Mike Gustin (BCB)

Jane Grande-Allen (BIOE)

Yousif Shamoo (BCB)

Questions & Answers

how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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