Improv to Improve Science Communication and Teaching (Fall 2021)

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Use the principles of improv theater to improve your communication in multiple contexts and audiences, including talking with colleagues, presenting your research, and teaching in the classroom.


Dates / Times: Wednesdays, 1:00pm–3:00pm, starting September 8
Location: Will be in person on campus, classroom location TBD
Instructor: Anne Lynn Gillian-Daniel
Credit information: 1 optional credit (MSE 803)
Satisfies prerequisite toward the Delta Certificate: Δ (1 delta)


Improv requires the ability to listen carefully, think quickly, and communicate clearly — and so does teaching.

Using the storytelling and character-development techniques of theatrical improvisation, participants will build confidence, teamwork, leadership, listening and decision-making skills through the performance of short games and scenes. Participants will be able to better think on their feet, manage a constructivist classroom, and communicate science more effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences. Each session will be comprehensive, diverse, and dynamic (in addition to being a lot of fun), and will build on the skills from the week before. Due to the sequential nature of the class and the necessity of building a supportive learning community, please defer taking the course if you know in advance that your schedule will require you to miss more than two classes.

September 8th, 2021 1:00 PM through December 8th, 2021 3:00 PM
Will be in person on campus, location TBD
United States