Events


The Center for Teaching and Learning invites you to attend one of the following May programs on peer observations of teaching, facilitated by Dr. Tine Reimers (bio below):

Thursday - May 22 - 9:00-11:00 am in Memorial #331  Please register here by May 15.
                               (pastries and coffee available at 8:45)

Making the Most of Peer Observations (This session is intended for pre-tenure or non-tenured faculty.)
Feedback from your colleagues can be central to developing effective teaching practices.  Taken along with student feedback, direct evidence of student learning, and your own reflection on the practices that help your students learn, peer observations can be a valuable tool.  But peer observations can also be damaging and painful if not handled with care, particularly given the role they sometimes play in the tenure and promotion process.  How can you make them useful-both to you as you reflect on your teaching and to readers of your file who are looking for evidence of your effectiveness?  In this interactive session we'll discuss how to design a 'buddy system' for informal feedback before you get to the evaluation stage, how to set up effective peer observations for formal evaluation, de-mystify several myths about peer observation, and take the role of peer observers in an actual classroom moment. Participants will come away with a clear idea of the pitfalls of peer observation, how to avoid them, and the potential benefits to departments and programs and to faculty members when it is done well. This session is intended for pre-tenure or non-tenured faculty.

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Thursday - May 22 - 1:00-3:00 pm in Memorial #331  Please register here by May 15.

A Field Guide to Successful Peer Observations (This session is intended for tenured faculty.)
Faculty early in their career are especially eager to know what is working well in their teaching and how they might improve.  Feedback from senior colleagues who know the institution and its teaching culture can be particularly helpful.  But junior colleagues and non-tenure colleagues are also anxious about this feedback as it may also play a role in decisions about their future employment. Peer observations can be informative and rewarding if they are handled well but damaging and painful to all in the departmental community when the process is handled poorly. How do you design a peer observation process that is beneficial to your junior colleagues? In this interactive session we’ll discuss how to set up effective peer observations, de-mystify several myths about peer observation, and take the role of peer observers in an actual classroom moment. We will also consider how a robust peer observation process can help you when you go up for promotion or simply wish to enhance your own teaching. Participants will come away with a clear idea of the pitfalls of peer observation, how to avoid them, and the potential benefits to the department and programs, and to faculty members when it is done well. This session is intended for tenured faculty.

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Friday - May 23 - 9:00-12:00 pm in Memorial #331  Please register here by May 15.
                           (pastries and coffee available at 8:45)

Effecting Change You Care About
Ever wondered how to propose a new project effectively, or how to bring colleagues to a dispassionate review of a new idea or program?  Do you think about how to foster initiatives or changes in campus culture that are bottom-up rather than top-down? Have you ever been troubled by communication styles used by ‘difficult colleagues’ you have to work with?  Then this workshop is for you!  Leadership is not only a formal and positional activity done by chairs, division heads and deans. In fact, the most effective leadership in an institution happens through people who effect change they care about ‘from where they sit.’ Join us for an interactive workshop that is aimed at practical results. We will use case studies to reflect on how to handle difficult situations that can arise in any department, and discuss how to deal with roadblocks (processes or people!). Time will be available for raising questions or concerns and making your own plans for initiating change.

Tine Reimers

Dr. Tine Reimers serves as Director of Faculty and Program Development at the University at Albany (SUNY). In this position, she works on programs for faculty and leadership development, program development, and facilitating the assessment of student learning. Dr. Reimers obtained her PhD from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and has taught in a variety of settings, from large Research I institutions, to small colleges, to universities in France and Japan. Her 20 years of classroom teaching and faculty development experience at UNC-Chapel Hill, South Georgia College, Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Texas at El Paso, and Cornell University have helped her build a thorough understanding of the strategies best suited for faculty advancement, faculty mentoring, leadership development and effective student learning in higher education. Tine has worked with faculty from all disciplines, presenting leadership and professional development programs designed to help faculty from all ranks to reflect on and integrate the varied strands of their professional and personal lives.


 Other Events of Interest to Faculty

June 4-6 @ Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon
Workshop on Supporting Faculty of Color at Liberal Arts Institutions


2013-2014 NEW FACULTY LUNCH SERIES (pdf)

All new faculty are welcome to join these programs in Memorial #331 (formerly #328) (typically 12-1 pm - lunch is provided). You will receive an invitation before each program from Susan Bennett in the Provost and Dean of Faculty Office (x5399).


2013-14 NEW FACULTY ORIENTATION (pdf) - April 26-28, 2013