Instructional Consultation

Instructional Consultation

Trying out new discussion pedagogy techniques can be challenging. That is why The Discussion Project offers instructional consultation. Our team’s approach is to help you work on your goals in the time frame you have available. We serve as “thought partners” to help you design and implement discussion, and then reflect in order to improve over time. And because we know that teaching is demanding and that each instructor has many responsibilities, we offer a range of instructional consultation options. Please see below and note that this is not an exhaustive list: feel free to request instructional consultation at whatever level works best for you. Email discussion-project@education.wisc.edu to set up an appointment.  Contact us to set up an appointment. Our team is here to help!

Instructional Consultants

Keisha Lindsay is an associate professor in the departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a recipient of the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Inclusive Excellence. Professor Lindsay’s research and teaching interests include black feminist theories, black masculinities, and gender-based politics in the African diaspora. She recently published her first book manuscript, In a Classroom of Their Own: The Intersection of Race and Feminist Politics in All-Black Male Schools (University of Illinois Press, 2018). She is also the author of several article-length manuscripts.

Laurel Bastian teaches Professional Communication and Intercultural Communication in the Wisconsin School of Business. She has over 10 years of teaching experience and 15 years of experience in nonprofit program coordination and communications. Laurel also founded, coordinated, and taught with the Writers in Prison project, a collaborative organization that offered writing and humanities classes to incarcerated individuals.

Professor Jedd teaches rhetorical criticism, advanced public speaking, and an upper-level course in the area of reproductive rights. Professor Jedd’s research investigates reproductive rights in contemporary America. She is most interested in the rhetoric of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In addition, she conduct seminars and training sessions for groups or individuals who want to improve their public speaking skills.
Lynn Glueck is the Program Director for The Discussion Project, managing all aspects of the project training curriculum and instruction. A teacher and instructional consultant for 25 years, she has teaching experience across a range of levels, K-12 and postsecondary. She has an MA from UW-Madison in English Literature and an MLS from UW-Madison in Library Media Science. Additionally, she is certified as a Director of Instruction and Instructional Coach.

Instructional Consultation Options

Type of Instructional Consultation Purpose Communication Mode & Time Needed
Resource location To help you find a protocol or other resource to aid your planning Email or meeting; 10 minutes to one hour
Syllabus consultation To help you review and refine your syllabus to better incorporate discussion at key points and integrate time for laying a foundation Meeting; one to 2 hours
Instructional design & planning To help you design and implement discussions that serve your learning purpose Meeting; typically one to two hours
Classroom observation(s) with feedback To receive non-evaluative feedback on your classroom implementation of a discussion process 30-minute pre-meeting and 45 minute feedback session; further time TBD by you
Analysis of student mid or end-of-course feedback To have a thought partner in working through student feedback: What themes do you see? What’s most relevant? What’s worth adjustment? Meeting; typically 30 minutes to 1 hour
Instructional Consultation Cycle To work consistently with a thought partner on the cycle of planning, implementation, and reflection One to three two-hour cycles of pre- and post-meetings with classroom observation in between
Collaborative Classroom Visit To learn in a collaborative group about how to improve discussion and how to provide colleagues reflective feedback Pre- and post-observation meetings; typically three to four hours