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From Fifty to Two Hundred Fifty: Figuring out How to Teach Large Lecture Classes Allison S. Gabriel University of Arizona 56 This summer, I joined the University of Arizona’s Department of Management and Organizations in the Eller College of Management as an assistant professor. I was (and continue to be) incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the group and found myself eager, and anxious, to begin my new position. Compared to when I first left graduate school for a life in academia 2 years prior, I felt a bit more efficacious in my abilities as a researcher and liked how my pipeline was developing. I was also fortunate in regard to my teaching requirements in that the class I taught at my previous insti- tution was going to be the same at Arizona: same textbook, same general lectures/activities, and, with some modifica- tion, a team project that felt very similar to what I had used previously. However, one big difference emerged as I entered the classroom this fall: my class, which has previously been capped at 48 students, now had 216 enrolled. A not-so-subtle difference in classroom settings is a major understatement. Instead of sitting on the front table chatting with a smaller group of students in class (one semester, my honors section only had 10 students!), I now found myself hooking on a mic prior to each class and trying to figure out how I could possibly connect with everyone. About 4 weeks into teaching the course, I flew back to my hometown—East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania—to visit family and return to my high school for a ceremony tied to the music programs; I was an active member of the choral and band programs when I was in high school (back before Pitch Perfect and Glee came out making show choir kids cool!), and because I hadn’t returned to my high school since graduating over 10 years ago, I felt like it was a nice time to go back and visit with my former music teachers and see how things had changed. Many of my former teachers were there, and it was a blast from the past in the best possible way to see friends who had gone their separate ways all coming together for this night. Of course, after not seeing some people for so long, there was a lot typical catching up, which involved me talking about Mike January 2016, Volume 53, Number 3