This Week for Faculty: 🎧 What to listen to this summer

by | Jun 4, 2024

Catch up on episodes of the Dead Ideas in Teaching and Learning podcast!

Join the community of listeners of the Dead Ideas in Teaching and Learning podcast! All 8 seasons of the podcast, hosted by CTL Executive Director Catherine Ross, are available for listening!

Listen on the podcast webpage or subscribe to Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Send questions and feedback to

Episodes from the past academic year explored AI, grading practices, teaching evaluations, teaching development in doctoral education, and the role of Centers for Teaching and Learning, among other topics.

Season 7 | Fall 2023

  • Episode 1: Dead Ideas about the Role of Centers for Teaching and Learning and Institutional Change with Mary Wright
  • Episode 2: AI as a Mass Extinction Event for Dead Ideas in Teaching and Learning? With Cynthia Alby
  • Episode 3: From Devaluing to Valuing Teaching: Changes Institutions Can Make with Michelle Miller
  • Episode 4: What’s Needed for Institution-Wide Improvements in Undergraduate Science Teaching? With Marielena DeSanctis and Cassandra Volpe Horii
  • Episode 5: Ready to Find Out What Research Tells Us about Grading and Grade Inflation? Buckle Up! With Josh Eyler
  • Episode 6: Let’s Stop Relying on Biased Teaching Evaluations with Joanna Wolfe

Season 8 | Spring 2024 

  • Episode 1: Teaching Development in Doctoral Education: Where, When, and How
  • Episode 2: Teaching Development in Doctoral Education—Let’s Ask the Grad Students!
  • Episode 3: Why is There No Training on How to Teach Graduate Students? With Leonard Cassuto
  • Episode 4: Notes from the Field: Dead Ideas from Columbia CTL Educational Developers
  • Episode 5: How to Help Adjuncts Not Want to Give Up with Kerry O’Grady
  • Episode 6: Passing the Baton: A New Chapter for Dead Ideas

Stay tuned for Season 9 coming in Fall 2024 with a new host!

Notes from listeners:

“I hope you will do more podcasts in the coming year. They certainly made my commute enjoyable and meaningful this semester!” —Naoko Sourial, Lecturer, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University

“The podcast has reminded me of the teaching principles that make me excited about the work, and of the urgency to pursue it…thanks so much for a great podcast—it’s a real contribution to teaching and learning in higher education.” — Anton Borst, Senior Learning Designer, New York University

Connect with us! We are available all summer!

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