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The Susquehanna University Center for Teaching and Learning focuses on helping faculty create dynamic, engaged learning environments that stimulate student curiosity and intellectual discovery.
Whether you're a first-year faculty member or a tenured professor, the center wants to help you continue to evolve as an educator.
Want to attend a conference that focuses on innovative teaching strategies?
Need books to help with the development of a bold, new course that supports the central curriculum?
Want to hold a workshop where you and several colleagues can tackle classroom challenges that are specific to your discipline?
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides grants of up to $500 to support faculty activities that foster curricular or pedagogical innovations that will enhance the learning of Susquehanna University students. Grant proposals may be submitted at any time (there is no deadline per se). The CTL director, together with the CTL Committee, reviews grant proposals in the order they are received-and awards grants based on the quality of the proposal and the availability of funding.
As specified in the grant application, recipients must agree to make a brief, on-campus presentation (usually part of a relaxed, informal lunch session) where he or she shares with faculty colleagues the lessons that were gleaned from the grant-supported experience. In this way, the knowledge gained by the grant recipient has the potential to influence other SU faculty members, thus invigorating teaching and learning across the campus at large.
To be considered for a grant, please complete the grant application and submit it to Betsy Verhoeven, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or campus mail to Fisher Room 244.
The Center for Teaching and Learning supports a variety of faculty networks that provide a forum where SU professors can share their experiences and seek advice from one another-while at the same time building collegiality.
These various peer networks, described below, have one important element in common. All of them emphasize flexibility-that is, participating faculty determine how frequently to meet and what pedagogical topics to discuss.
Teaching cells. Faculty are paired with two or three peers. Cells meet periodically to discuss teaching tactics, classroom challenges etc. Cells can be formed within or across disciplines, depending on the preference of the participants.
Putting the 'Ped' in Pedagogy. A mobile approach to teaching cells, SU's "Putting the 'Ped' in Pedagogy" program is a talk-while-you-walk initiative that pairs faculty who talk about teaching while they walk for exercise. Participants choose where to walk (indoor track, around campus, around town) in addition to determining the frequency, length and pace of their walks.
Mentoring relationships. For newer faculty who want to avail themselves to the advice of an experienced instructor, the Center for Teaching and Learning suggests a one-on-one mentor relationship.
If you are interested in participating in any of these programs, contact Betsy Verhoeven, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (email@example.com). The center can match interested participants with one another, suggest discussion topics and fund activities that encourage peer-to-peer dialogue.
The center frequently hosts workshops and lunches where faculty can learn about teaching strategies and share ideas. Invitations are sent via email and events are promoted on the e-newsletter. Suggest a workshop topic.
If faced with a teaching challenge or classroom concern that is specific to your department, consider inviting the center to sit down and discuss it. The center can investigate what printed resources are available on the subject. Also, the center might be able to provide a department-specific workshop that is tailored to address the issue. Set up a meeting.
Support development of Central Curriculum courses
Provide books and articles about teaching
Meet with individual instructors
Observe classroom interaction
For more information, contact Bety Verhoeven, Ph.D., director, (firstname.lastname@example.org) Center for Teaching and Learning. Office hours by appointment, Fisher 244