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Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching by a Faculty Member

David Talmage, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

David Talmage is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology. He is involved in graduate teaching in both the Pharmacology and Neurosciences programs. His research interests focus on genetic models of neuropsychiatric disorders.

David Talmage

What advice would you offer to new teachers who finding their voice in the classroom?

First, listen.  Graduate teaching is typically done in a small class format, allowing in depth student participation. Listening to the students provides essential feedback on what they understand, on what their interests are and on what they really need from the instructor. 

Second, respect. Graduate students are committed to learn and excel, and I think it is disrespectful to not question them and challenge them intellectually. I believe that students appreciate that addressing criticism is a learning experience and a lifelong professional requirement. 

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