CUTF and Readings In Contemporary Fiction: The Power of An Idea

Over the past semester, my experience teaching in Readings In Contemporary Fiction has transformed my outlook as both a student and aspiring educator. Going into this experience (especially from a student perspective), I already knew I wanted my teaching to be student-focused. The syllabus itself reflected my goals; I chose readings that were targeted at…

Wrapping Up the CUTF: Reflecting on a Case Study Semester

With less than two weeks remaining in the Spring 2022 semester, my project mentor, Dr. Scott Nelson, and I are wrapping up the UHC Organic Chemistry II Case Study Supplement and working with students to prepare for their final examination. We are also reflecting on the integration of the Case Study Supplement with the course…

Teaching as Learning: Patchworked Aspirations

Pieces of work aren’t always about perfection—sometimes, they’re about practice, problem-solving, and learning the processes. Before this experience, I understood teaching as something instructors did to convey information. My previous understanding was two-dimensional and lackluster. After spending more time analyzing Dr. Lotz’s teaching style, diagnosing my own, and putting together a lesson plan for a…

CUTF Update: A Lesson In Student Discussion

Over the past two and a half months, Professor Shannon Reed and I have worked together to reshape the Readings In Contemporary Fiction course. Together, we have added two new readings from author V.E. Schwab: The Near Witch and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. My intention in adding these readings was twofold: first, I…

CUTF Learning Through Teaching: Carrying On With the Case Study

As a member of the high school Class of 2020, my transition to college was anything but smooth and typical. I drove through a parking lot for graduation, gave a valedictory address from my living room, and spent my first year at the University of Pittsburgh at home, 212 miles away from the Cathedral of…

Learning Truth Through Teaching Myth

Through my classes with Dr. Andrew Lotz, I progressively began connecting more and more with him. I’ve taken a handful of his classes—each captivating me more than the last. The content of his courses is calculated and wonderfully planned. Supplemental to his course materials, though, Dr. Lotz’s teaching style and gripping vocal lectures left marks…

CUTF: Deconstructing the Cell for First-Year Bioengineering Students

Hi everyone! My name is Reetwan Bandyopadhyay and I am a senior majoring in Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. I’m also pursuing a minor in Chemistry and a certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine through the department of History and Philosophy of Science. For my project for the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship, I will…