This learning community addresses the goals and interests of early-career faculty (second-year through the tenure-review year) as they continue to develop, practice, and evaluate their teaching methods and skills. Participants will generate ideas and specific questions about teaching and learning that have direct relevance to courses that they are teaching or expect to teach in the near future.
The Early-Career FLC consists of a small multidisciplinary group of non-tenured faculty (tenure-track, visiting faculty, or part-time faculty) who will come together with the purpose of engaging in active, collaborative, and self-guided exploration of one or more topics in learning and teaching. This faculty development opportunity is coordinated by Seth Chin-Parker (Psychology) and Megan Threlkheld (History). Monthly meetings over the academic year are based on a small set of readings drawn from the scholarship on teaching and learning and will focus on the topics that are generated by the participants. All books and reading materials will be provided to participants.
One goal is for each participant to develop and implement a new teaching activity or strategy. However, when useful, participants will also work together in small groups based upon common goals for developing strategies and methods for a specific learning or teaching objective. Through sustained involvement in the FLC over an academic year, we strive to reach a more in-depth understanding of the topics examined and to produce a modification of teaching practices and student learning based upon the strategies that are developed and implemented. For more information, contact Lew Ludwig.
FLC Topics, Materials, and Resources:
September 13, 2016: Defining Your Teaching Philosophy, Perspectives, and Goals
October 18, 2016: Shaping Classroom Learning through Lectures and Discussions
December 13, 2016: Developing and Revising Your Courses and Syllabi
January 24, 2017: Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Small Group Learning
February 14, 2017: Grading: Effective Feedback and Efficient Evaluation of Student Learning
March 21, 2017: Student Motivation and Learning