• Michelle Hardee
  • GTA Training Program Manager,
    Center for Teaching Excellence

  • Details

  • Wednesday,
  • November 12, 2014
  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
  • Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence.


A student's cell phone buzzes while you're lecturing. The class snickers as the student checks it and sends a text in front of you. In a classroom discussion, a student uses charged language and other students become visibly distressed. Grades have been posted, and an upset student sends you an email challenging his final project and class grade. What do you do in these situations? How do you handle other challenging classroom disruptions? This seminar will provide examples of scenarios that can (and will) happen, along with the best (and worst) ways for handling and defusing situations, and best practices for preventing these scenarios from happening in during your teaching.

About the Facilitator

Michelle L. Hardee, Ph.D., is the Program Manager for graduate student TA programs at the Center for Teaching Excellence. She received her Ph.D. in Marine Science from USC. Throughout her career, Michelle has been actively involved in marine science education and teacher training. She taught throughout her graduate program, as an instructor at Coastal Carolina University, and as an Adjunct Professor of Geology at the College of Charleston.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence.


Dealing with Disruptive Student Behavior