From Lew Ludwig, Director of Center for Learning and Teaching:

Specific goals, activities, and programs

  1. Conduct teaching and learning seminars for first-year and early-career faculty.
  2. Develop or sponsor workshops, brown-bag lunches and other programs (e.g., Teaching Matters!) that address specific teaching approaches, strategies, activities, and pedagogies including digital technology. Small groups of faculty can also join or form their own reading groups based on a book related to learning, teaching, mentoring, or faculty development and the Center will pay for the books and also for refreshments or breakfast/lunch for a series of meetings. Contact Lew Ludwig for more information or to form a reading group.
  3. Provide a structured program for one-on-one consultations and classroom teaching observations as a way of delivering formative feedback for faculty all experience levels and mentoring for early-career faculty.
  4. Coordinate and enhance collaboration among faculty, faculty groups, professional staff, and administrative offices in order to enhance and promote a variety of faculty development programs and resources that address teaching, learning, scholarship, and mentoring for our college. A new program for 2016-2017 is Lunch and Learn Conversations: Teaching and Diversity in the Classroomin collaboration with Alison Williams (Associate Provost for Diversity and Intercultural Education). Please contact Lew Ludwig for support in developing faculty development events or meetings including workshops, tutorials, or other activities.
  5. Construct an online database of resources and scholarship on teaching and learning including strategies, ideas, and tips on a variety of specific teaching activities and pedagogies.
  6. Support the development of faculty projects focused on the intersection of (a) innovative teaching (Pedagogy Practice Projects) and (b) scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).
  7.  Teaching Observation Circles. In this new program, faculty at all experience levels can participate in an informal mentoring network of three or four members (a teaching circle) in which each member will observe the other members’ teaching in a classroom, lab, or studio. The circle members will be drawn from different academic departments or programs. After completing the round of observations among all of the circle members, there will be a subsequent lunch or dinner meeting (paid by the CLT) with all of the members present in order to share and discuss what they have learned from the observations and from their individual reflections of observing and being observed. Please contact Lew Ludwig if you have an interest in participating in a TOC during fall semester.
  8. Participate and provide leadership in forging relationships and collaborations between Denison’s faculty development programs and other professional organizations (e.g., American Association of Universities and Colleges, Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education) that address issues in teaching, learning, and curriculum in higher education.
  9. The Center’s new space in the Library (Atrium Level) can be used for workshops, discussions, meetings, and any type of program relevant to teaching, learning, advising, mentoring, the curriculum, and other higher education forums.  A small meeting room (12-15 people) and a large conference room (25-35 people) can be scheduled through the Center (contact Lew Ludwig). There are computers and AV equipment available and catering services can be arranged through Bon Appetit.

Additional information on the center’s location and facilities, office hours, and scheduling will be forthcoming.