Festival of Teaching Failure

Photos from our first-ever Festival of Teaching Failure! A fun time was had by all.

Terry Johnson emceeing the Festival of Teaching Failures

Terry Johnson emceeing the Festival of Teaching Failures

Bob Jacobsen kicking things off

Glynda Hull sharing her tale of woe

Glynda Hull (Education) sharing her tale of woe

Time for Serena Chen (Psychology)

Another participant joining in the fun while others listen

Another participant joining in the fun

Rudy Mendoza-Denton (Psychology)

Rudy Mendoza-Denton (Psychology)

May 9, 2019, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Intended audience: 
Academic Support Staff, Faculty, Graduate Students, Instructors, Post-doctoral students
Part of series: 

"The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success."

- Paramahansa Yogananda

It's happened to all of us, even at an elite institution like Berkeley. We've written a bad exam, given a lecture that fell flat, designed an activity or assignment that was a waste of time, or looked into the blank, confused, disinterested (or perhaps even hostile) eyes of students.

While we may shudder to recall these experiences (hopefully far in the distant past), we also know they can be incredibly instructive--for ourselves and each other. Help us bring failure out of the shadows!

In the true spirit of teaching innovation and reinvention, join your colleagues to share stories and reflections, build community, and celebrate our own learning process and evolution as educators. Personal embarassment welcome but not required.

Who better to kick off the sharing than some of our Distinguished Teaching Award recipients and other campus stars? Confirmed confessors include:

  • Bob Jacobson (Physics), dean of Undergraduate Studies
  • Glynda Hull (Education), chair of the Academic Senate's Committee on Teaching
  • Serena Chen (Psychology), faculty lead, Berkeley Collegium
  • Khalid Kadir (Engineering / Global Studies)
  • Rudy Mendoza-Denton (Psychology)
  • Lisa Pruitt (Engineering)
  • Pete Dailey (Public Health)
  • Shobhana Stoyanov (Statistics)
  • Terry Johnson (Bioengineering)

Following our invited guests, it will be open mike! Adult beverages and snacks will be served. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

This event follows our annual Showcase of Teaching Innovation and Reinvention, also celebrating teaching at Berkeley!


Registration is unavailable. Registration closed on May 8, 2019 - 5:00pm.


The Academic Senate's Committee on Teaching

Series description

Teaching Dialogues is a regular series of campus-wide discussions on pressing topics related to teaching and learning, hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Academic Senate's Committee on Teaching.

All faculty, graduate students, and academic staff are welcome and encouraged to participate.

See recaps and recordings of past dialogues and other AIS programs.