The Provost’s Office coordinates professional and research development opportunities often in the form of discussion sessions and workshops. Occassionally, faculty across campus lead various pedagogical activities and those resources can be found here.
The Provost’s Office coordinates professional and research development opportunities often in the form of discussion sessions and workshops.
Will vary depending upon the workshop, but generally open to all Drake faculty and staff with interests or needs in the relevant area.
The Provost’s Office hosts a number of sessions and workshops devoted to specific topics on teaching and learning. These workshops are announced at the beginning of each semester and are open to all Drake faculty and staff, though some workshops will only allow for limited numbers of participants.
More formal workshops are also available, sometimes with limited available seats from May through August. Announcements about these workshops and development opportunities are sent to faculty and/or staff for whom they are most relevant, which is often all faculty and staff. These workshops focus on topics responding to particular faculty and staff needs. Topics for these workshops have included using writing effectively in the classroom; writing instruction in the FYS program; and developing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects.
Information about applying for and attending these workshops and about eligibility for supplemental stipendiary support for attendees is distributed via email shortly after spring break.
Jimmy Senteza, Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs
This project is designed to help faculty across the University make writing a more meaningful part of their teaching. Participating faculty collaborate over a semester with the coordinator of writing instruction on the development of a writing assignment or writing project and strategies for responding to student writing. Participants meet as a group three times a semester to discuss issues and concerns pertinent to the use and instruction of writing in their courses.
Fall Semester: Priority to faculty teaching FYS courses, but all faculty are eligible.
Spring Semester: Priority is given to faculty who participated in the Writing Across the Curriculum or Writing in FYS workshops, but all faculty are eligible.
Faculty receive a stipend for participating in the writing project. After the initial meeting(s) with the coordinator of writing instruction to develop a writing assignment or project, participants receive half of the stipend; the balance is provided after completing the pilot.
Call for applications for each program goes out during the prior semester.
Megan Brown, Professor of English and Director of Writing, firstname.lastname@example.org, 271-3895.
The Center for Teaching Excellence offers confidential consultation and advice on an as-needed/as-requested basis to Drake faculty of instruction who think their pedagogy would benefit from conversations with experienced teachers or from course observation.
Consultations are focused, short-term interactions that offer advice on specific questions, issues, and questions that will help already successful instructors make meaningful improvements in their approach to teaching and learning.
Consultations on any of the following topics are available:
Send your request for a consultation, including a brief description of the problem, issue, challenge, or opportunity you are seeking advice on, to email@example.com You will receive a reply putting you in touch with a peer consultant well positioned to help you address your needs.
You and your consultant will work together to decide on the best way to approach your question together, whether that’s through document sharing, brainstorming sessions, a classroom observation, or something else.
Consultations are confidential and non-evaluative: They do not inform official performance reviews or reappointment, tenure, promotion, or award decisions. They are also purely advisory, meaning that the ultimate decision as to whether and to what extent to put consultants’ feedback into action is entirely a matter for faculty consultees to decide for themselves.
In partnership with the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment and the Drake Curriculum Analysis Committee, the Center for Teaching Excellence offers up to five program-level pedagogy development consultations each semester. Credential-granting academic program directors or chairs are invited to contact the Center’s director, Jimmy Senteza, with “Program Consultation” in the subject line, to request consultation on matters pertaining to pedagogical and didactic challenges and opportunities.
Before requesting consultations, program faculty should have engaged in sustained, focused assessment whose findings support the request for consultation on a particular topic or should have consulted findings disseminated by the Drake Curriculum Analysis Committee.