Teaching Scholars Community for Junior Faculty

Teaching Scholars Community for Junior Faculty (2002-2003)

This community offers junior faculty the opportunity to enhance their teaching interests and abilities through seminars, retreats, national conferences, faculty mentors, student associates, teaching projects, and colleagueship of peers from other disciplines.

This community assists selected junior faculty in developing their teaching abilities and interests by enabling them to participate in a two-semester series of special activities and to pursue individual projects related to teaching. The Teaching Scholars receive financial assistance for their projects. The objectives of the Teaching Scholars Program are to provide participants with the following:

  • Information on teaching and learning
  • Opportunities to observe, assess, and practice innovative teaching and uses of technology
  • Financial support for individual investigations of teaching and learning problems and projects
  • Development of syllabi, including articulation of clear learning objective
  • Strengthening of basic teaching skills, for example, leading class discussions, testing, and balancing both lecture and active learning
  • Clearer communication with students
  • Ways to build a course around assessment of learning, for example, determining that students achieve stated learning objectives
  • Investigation and incorporation of ways that difference can enhance teaching and learning
  • A multiplicity of ways to gather and provide information for both formative and summative evaluation of teaching
  • Opportunities to share ideas and advice with faculty mentors and student consultants. Awareness of teaching as an intellectual pursuit and exploration of ways to engage in the scholarship of teaching
  • Interdisciplinary colleagueship and support from current and former teaching scholars and mentors.
  • Opportunities to share, via outreach, their enthusiasm and experience with other new faculty

Participants will be introduced to the literature through readings and seminars, based on the interests expressed by the community. Seminar topics might include using discussion in the classroom, videotaping teaching, enhancing the teaching/learning experience through awareness of students' intellec tual development, the effect of gender on the teaching/learning process, and sharing student and faculty views of teaching and learning.

The Teaching Scholars pursue self-designed learning programs, including a teaching project, for which they receive financial support. Projects might include developing expertise and courseware for computer-assisted instruction, redesigning an ongoing course, and learning and trying a new teaching method.