2014 Art of Teaching Workshop

June 26-29, 2014 ● Towson, MD

JUly 17-20, 2014 ● Chapman, CA

The Art of Teaching Workshop advances exceptional teaching by classical liberal scholars. The workshop brings advanced graduate students and young faculty members together with expert teachers to discuss best practices for the university classroom. Topics include classroom tactics, course design principles, the use of technology, online techniques, and methods for weaving classical liberal insights into teaching while preserving balance and encouraging students to think critically.

The seminar format will foster vigorous discussion and offer informal opportunities to share ideas and network with more than 50 participants and lecturers who are passionate about liberty and excellent teaching. Conversation will continue through group meals and a Saturday evening reception. 

Graduate students just beginning to teach and teachers with a few years of experience will benefit from the core techniques and fresh ideas presented by established faculty.

IHS provides full funding for all participants, including meals, accommodations, and program costs. Participants are responsible for travel (limited scholarships are available to cover travel expenses).

Reviews from Past Participants

“Fantastic substance; I will be 1,000 times better at teaching liberty.”

“I haven't really ever considered how to take a more entrepreneurial approach to my field before, and how this might position me to reach more students or take something besides the traditional tenure-track route without giving up my potential to influence other minds. Thanks to IHS, I'm going to give my place in the academic world much more thoughtful consideration."

“I learned more about teaching-- course design, pedagogical techniques, and classroom management-- in one weekend than in four years of grad school. On behalf of my future students: Thank you!"  

“Teaching is a skill that often is undervalued and rarely developed in academia. This teaching workshop series gave me numerous invaluable tools that I look forward to employing in my own classroom. The downstream effects will be enormous-- hundreds of better educated students who are better able to appreciate the important of liberty and a free society." 

“If I can implement even some of these techniques with success, I will immediately become one of the most effective professors on my campus.”

 “I enjoyed the workshop a lot and found it very useful -- even after 31 years of teaching.  It is very useful not only for new teachers, but as a "tune-up" and source of new ideas for some of us veterans.”


Based on attendee’s feedback from last year’s successful workshop, this year’s curriculum will include more active components, including a presentation skills workshop (by discipline) and discipline-specific lectures on  syllabus design and incorporating narrative and story-telling into the classroom. Applicants will be required to prepare a short presentation (5-10 minutes maximum).

Workshop Topic Sampling:Students participating with professor

  • Classroom dynamics—alternatives to “chalk and talk”
  • Working with various student learning styles
  • Including classical liberal themes into curricula while preserving balanced, open discussion
  • Research-backed methods to improve critical thinking
  • Course design and organization
  • Using research to improve teaching
  • How to lead engaging discussions
  • The use of narrative and story-telling
  • How to incorporate technology in the classroom
  • Flipped classroom
  • Online teaching tips and techniques


The workshop faculty is composed of experienced professors from a variety of disciplines. We are still in discussion with faculty for this year’s workshop. Tentative faculty include:


Graduate students and college or university faculty are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to advanced PhD students and early-career faculty. A serious interest in classical liberal thought and in teaching at the college/university level is essential. Scholars in the humanities and social sciences will benefit most directly from the workshop, but students and professors from all disciplines are eligible.


June 26-29, 2014 ● Towson University, MD

July 17-20, 2014 ● Chapman University, CA