The Faculty Center has partnered with the Office of Undergraduate Studies to create a year-long series of teaching workshop to aid faculty in designing a dynamic new course or redesigning a current course. The workshops will take faculty through the steps of creating a course from early decisions about teaching philosophy and design, to innovative techniques and assessment. The Teaching Academy will be able to serve both newer faculty who are designing courses, as well as veteran faculty looking to redesign, rethink, or add innovative pedagogy to a course they have taught for years. The workshops will build on the knowledge and success from previous Summer Teaching Institutes, the work of the campus Teaching and Learning group, and other training initiatives.
During the meetings, we will utilize readings as well as the expertise of campus faculty and staff to explore building a course that meets faculty needs but also addresses common problematic issues. Additionally, the meetings allow for community sharing as participants will share and gain knowledge from their colleagues. Structuring the Teaching Academy across a whole academic year will allow participants to work on materials between meetings that they can share and discuss in subsequent meetings. This is something the Summer Teaching Institute does not accommodate as well.
The Teaching Academy will focus on both pedagogy and practice, including:
Faculty from any discipline and of any rank/status are encouraged to apply.
Much of the 16-20 hours of professional development takes places over 8 two-hour sessions. Meeting dates: 9/23, 10/7, 10/28, 11/18, 1/27, 2/17, 3/9, 4/6; from 1-3pm. 9/23 and 4/6 dates will be from 12-3pm; lunch will be provided. Participants will also spend an additional few hours doing reading in preparation for the sessions, working on class components (syllabi, assignments, reflections), and engaging in online materials. Participants are expected to attend all meetings and will only receive compensation if they attend 6 out of the 8 meetings.
Faculty will be selected based on several criteria:
Faculty who complete the Teaching Academy will be awarded $500 for professional development or as a stipend.