Teaching Communities

Faculty Communities of Practice

Faculty members interested in learning about and trying new techniques of instruction can join a community of practice. The Teaching Center organizes several such communities annually. Each community focuses on a distinct set of instructional practices and brings together small groups of faculty to learn those practices and share their experiences piloting them in their courses.

This year we are sponsoring:

Large Courses Discussion Group—Instructors of large courses (75+ students) enrolling AS&E students are invited to join a 2022 spring semester teaching discussion group to share ideas and experiences. Participants will determine the focus of the group; past topics ranged from grading and communication logistics to classroom techniques and engagement.

Active Learning Teaching Group—Instructors teaching a 2022 fall semester course enrolling AS&E students are invited to join a teaching group to explore small, easy-to-implement, evidence-based classroom activities that can be dropped into ongoing courses. Participants commit to meeting six times to read James Lang’s Small Teaching (provided), as well as trying out one of the teaching strategies once and reporting back to the group on how it worked out.

If interested in either group, contact Rachel Remmel.

Teaching Center Discussion Forum

The Teaching Center has created a discussion forum in Microsoft Teams where instructors can connect with colleagues with similar interests to share ideas and ask questions.

Fellowships

College Course Development Fellowship—This fellowship offers instructors peer and teaching center support as they develop or redevelop a course over two semesters. It carries a $1,000 stipend for use in their research and teaching.

Transparent Assignment Design Fellowship—This fellowship offers instructors peer and teaching center support as they develop or redevelop non-test assignments over one semester. Transparent design principles increase student learning and retention, particularly for first-generation students. It carries a $500 stipend for use in their research and teaching.