Responding to student demand, universities teach teachers how to teach

KENNESAW, Ga. — Michele DiPietro had his listeners in stitches with his impressions of dumb…

Georgia (Aug 21, 2014) — KENNESAW, Ga. — Michele DiPietro had his listeners in stitches with his impressions of dumb things college students say in class.


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Then he sobered them up with advice about how they could do their own jobs better, and asked how they handled such recurring classroom challenges as apathy and short attention spans.

DiPietro’s disciples were junior members of the faculty at Kennesaw State University, near Atlanta, where he directs a center to improve the quality of teaching at the school.

It’s one of a growing number of efforts to address the dumbfounding reality that most college professors never expressly learn how to teach.

“It’s no longer enough to get your Ph.D., stand in front of a class, and let the chips fall where they may,” said Hoag Holmgren, executive director for the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, a national group focusing on teacher training.

A teacher-training workshop at Kennesaw State University in Georgia


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit