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Teaching Critical Thinking (Calhoun Community College Regional Workshop)

Total Credits: .4

Dr. John Eigenauer
4 Hours
Calhoun Community College - Huntsville Campus - Huntsville, Alabama



This workshop provides participants with concrete tools for teaching critical thinking skills while covering required course content. By the end of the workshop, participants are able to create lesson plans that enhance critical thinking skills based on content from any discipline in the humanities or social sciences. Participants will also learn how these skills can be easily and accurately measured.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or are able to:

  • Understand fundamentals of the human brain regarding dispositions toward critical thought, bias, use of evidence, and heuristic thinking.
  • Understand what works and what doesn’t work regarding critical thinking instruction.
  • Learn and apply precise pedagogical methods that help students at any level improve their critical thinking skills.
  • Learn and apply precise pedagogical methods to improve writing skills based on critical thinking practices.
  • Create critical thinking rubrics.


  • Participate in exercises proven to enhance critical thinking.
  • Create exercises and exams that enhance and measure critical thinking skills.
  • Use and create rubrics that provide viable measurements of critical thinking.


Dr. John Eigenauer's Profile

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Taft College

Dr. John Eigenauer is a professor of philosophy at Taft College. He holds a master’s degree in English, a master’s degree in humanities, and a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies from Syracuse University, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Syracuse University Fellowship. Dr. Eigenauer has taught philosophy, English, mathematics, computer science, physics, and Spanish. He has delivered workshops nationally and internationally on the pedagogy of critical thinking and published articles on critical thinking and rationality. His most recent article, “The Problem With the Problem of Human Rationality,” published in the International Journal of Educational Reform, was highlighted in Psychology Today. Other publications of Dr. Eigenauer’s have appeared in The Historian, The Harvard Theological ReviewHistory of Intellectual Culture, Inquiry: Critical Thinking across the Disciplines, The Rational Alternative, Thinking Skills and Creativity, Eighteenth-Century Studies, The Huntington Library QuarterlyInnovation Abstracts, and The NISOD Papers.


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93 Wynn Drive NW
Huntsville, AL 35805
(256) 430-9888 

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7010 Cabela Drive
Huntsville, AL 35806
(256) 971-1850 

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7010 Cabela Drive
Huntsville, AL 85806
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4727 University Drive
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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests, minus a $25 administrative fee, must be received in by October 7, 2022.  Refunds will not be given for no-shows. Registrants who have an outstanding balance and do not attend the workshop are responsible for the $25 administrative fee. Substitutions are accepted at any time prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Kelley Berley. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images

By registering for one or more of these modules, you consent to being recorded for any purpose whatsoever, and you release NISOD and The University of Texas at Austin and their officers and representatives from any liability for infringement of any rights, and you expressively authorize and permit the use of your name, voice, and likeness and all reproductions thereof, for any purpose whatsoever, in perpetuity in any media now known or hereafter devised, without limitation and without compensation.


Calhoun Community College - Huntsville Campus

Multi-Function Room, 102 Wynn Dr. NW, Huntsville, Alabama 35805, United States
(256) 890-4700


Preliminary Schedule
October 21, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Workshop
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch provided by NISOD.
Venue Address

Calhoun Community College - Huntsville Campus
Multi-Function Room
102 Wynn Dr. NW
Huntsville, AL 35805