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Faculty Center Teaching Academy

Join us for the 2nd annual Faculty Center Teaching Academy 2019-2020

  • The Teaching Academy will meet 9/23, 10/7, 10/28, 11/18, 1/27, 2/17, 3/9, 4/6; from 1-3 pm 
  • 9/23 and 4/6 dates will be from 12-3pm; Lunch will be provided
  • Participating faculty will be compensated $500
  • Open to all faculty

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:

  • (Re)Examining teaching philosophies 
  • Crafting learning outcomes 
  • Framing classes in relation to who our students are in 2018 and building a successful learning environment
  • Rethinking the way students interact with materials (e.g. reading assignments)  
  • Higher order thinking and writing 
  • Assessment 
  • Self-reflection

Who should apply?

Faculty from any discipline and of  any rank/status are encouraged to apply.

What is the commitment?

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.

How will faculty be selected?

Faculty will be selected based on several criteria:

  • Application demonstrates specificity in terms of the course, technique, or issue to be targeted
  • Application clearly articulates an interest in The Teaching Academy and the theme of student learning
  • Diverse representation within the Teaching Academy (ideally we would like to include faculty of different ranks, disciplines, and colleges),
  • Diverse representation of experience with service learning (ideally a good mix of veterans and novices)

What is the compensation? 

Faculty who complete the Teaching Academy will be awarded $500 for professional development or as a stipend.