The CTL host workshops and presentations open to all faculty on a regular basis throughout the year.
CTL staff welcome opportunities to work with departments, schools, or discipline groups to offer customized training on any topic relating to teaching and learning. We can also run prior workshops and customize them for your specific needs.
CTL staff are available to meet with faculty to discuss specific issues relating to any aspect of teaching, such as curriculum design, assignment design/revision, assessment, classroom climate, or educational technology. Our aim is to help provide faculty with customized solutions to fit their needs.
Consultations are typically most effective face-to-face, though we can also do them over the phone or by e-mail if necessary. Over time, the CTL will develop a network of peer consultants in various discipline areas so that faculty can share their discipline-based teaching knowledge with each other.
Each semester, the CTL chooses a book for our Guilt-Free Book Club. The Book Club is Guilt-Free in that participants encouraged to attend, even if they haven’t done the reading or have missed prior meetings.
The book club meets every other week, typically on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12-1 and lunch is provided.
FLCs are small groups of faculty who come together regularly over the course of a year to discuss various aspects of their teaching, support each other, and/or work together to solve a shared pedagogical problem or question. FLCs can range from informal to quite structured, depending on the needs and goals of the group. The CTL is currently supporting 3 FLC’s and is always willing to form more, based on faculty interest.
The Center for Teaching and Learning offers Course Activity Grants to support course (re)development and enhancement. There are two funding cycles every year — applications are due before the end of winter break and before the end of summer break.
Evaluation of faculty for the purpose for reappointment or promotion is very different from evaluation of teaching and learning for the purpose of improvement. Therefore, while faculty may share information about their interactions with the CTL with others, CTL staff will keep all conversations with faculty about their teaching and learning in strict confidence. CTL staff will politely decline writing a letter on behalf of a faculty member’s employment, reappointment, or promotion, even if asked to by that person.