Faculty Career Development
First-Year Faculty Seminar
This seminar is designed for all first-year or new faculty. The goals are to build community and engagement among new faculty, provide substantive discussions about processes of learning and teaching, and generate collaborative support regarding teaching practices that best suit each individual’s courses, discipline, and goals. A centerpiece of the seminar, which will meet four times each semester, is our reading and discussion of the books On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to your First Semester (James Lang) and How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (Susan Ambrose et al).
The first seminar was developed and led by Frank Hassebrock (Department of Psychology) and Margot Singer (Department of English) in 2012-13. The seminars were coordinated by Margot Singer and Wes Walter (Department of Physics and Astronomy) from 2013-2015 and then by David Goodwin (Department of Geosciences) and Sarah Huston-Comeaux (Department of Psychology).
The coordinators for the seminar this year are David Goodwin and Rebecca Homan (Department of Biology).
Faculty Learning Community
Early Career Faculty (Second-year Through Tenure-review Year)
This faculty learning community addresses the goals and interests of early career faculty (second-year through 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.
Brief reading selections for each meeting will be drawn from Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do and articles on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Feedback and comments from faculty who have participated in the FLC over the past four years revealed the important role it had in the development of their teaching perspectives and strategies; in addition, participants frequently mentioned the value of a collaborative and supportive relationship among the group that was sustained over the course of the year.
This faculty development opportunity is coordinated by Seth-Chin Parker (Department of Psychology) and Linda Krumholz (Departments of English and Black Studies).