Teaching as a Creative and Learning Process


  • Julia Ann Nord George Mason University
  • Anastasia Samaras
  • Rebecca Ericson
  • Vasiliki Ikonomidou
  • Ioulia Rytikova
  • Robert Sachs
  • James Reid Schwebach
  • Jill Nelson
  • Dasha Gerasimova




mindfulness, evidence-based practices, reflective practice,


The Teaching Inquiry Group (TIG) is a team of six faculty members from STEM disciplines who are conducting research about their teaching. The group met through AY 15-16, and was mentored by an expert in self-study methodology from the Graduate School of Education. TIG meetings have focused on the self-study of interactive teaching including, self-study as a research method, developing a topic for self-study, self-study research questions, and identifying ââ¬Åcritical friends groupsââ¬Â. The group facilitates critical reflection by maintaining an open dialogue; this enables them to think about teaching in ways that go beyond the subject area. The end-goal of the group is to improve their professional development on teaching and learning, not only for themselves, but also for the students they teach. Dissemination includes group and individual presentations at conferences, followed by write ups of the studies and publication in their respective educational research journals


The session will include an overview of the process and then the six faculty group members will describe parts of the process that affected them greatly. Discipline fields included astronomy, bioengineering, biology, geology, information sciences and technology, and mathematics.à At the end of the session, participants will be aware of the importance of taking time to reflect, reframe and respond to their practice, and foster genuine educational change for themselves and their students.

Author Biographies

Julia Ann Nord, George Mason University

**2017 GMU Teaching Excellence Award-General Education**

Rebecca Ericson

**2015 GMU Teaching Excellence Award-General Education**

Robert Sachs

**2012 GMU David J. King Teaching Award**

Jill Nelson

**2014 GMU Teaching Excellence Award**





4:15pm-5:30pm POSTER SESSION (Group A- 4:15-4:45pm)