Please join the Language Center as we welcome back Dr. Joela Jacobs, who will be giving a workshop titled “Attracting Students to Language Programs through Creative Course Design” as part of a series that invites recent UChicago alumni to share what they’ve learned with current graduate students (though all are welcome).

  • Tuesday, May 8, 3:30-5:00pm
  • Cobb Hall, Rm 218
  • To RSVP, click here.

This workshop will discuss strategies for increasing enrollment and attracting majors, minors, and language learners to language programs through the design of introductory courses taught in English (such as general education or core courses). Drawing on your own class ideas and examples from other institutions, we will engage with the rationale of such courses, as well as their challenges: these classes are often quite large and have to fulfill a host of curricular requirements that range from academic writing instruction to socialization into University culture. In addition, we will strategize ways of becoming conversant in and prepared for this area of teaching on the current academic job market.

Dr. Joela Jacobs is Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Arizona, where she is affiliated with the Institute of the Environment, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, and the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago, where she subsequently held a postdoctoral position as Humanities Teaching Scholar. She has taught a wide range of courses on all levels of the German graduate and undergraduate curriculum as well as in adult and general education. As a certified Teaching Consultant, she is always interested in talking pedagogy and classroom technology, and one of her favorite classes to teach is “From Animation to Zombies,” in which she talks about definitions of life with 250 freshmen each spring.