We at the Center for Teaching and Learning hope you all had a great spring break! We are excited today to share with you some changes that we will be making to the structure of CTL to better serve the needs of faculty, but first, a few events that we want to make sure you don’t miss:
- Today, from 3-4 pm in A2552, John Parker-Der Boghossian will lead the CTL workshop “Inclusive Classrooms: The Minority Stress Model Perspective.” In this workshop, John will discuss the Minority Stress Model, which comes from health research seeking to understand health disparities affecting marginalized communities. Applied to higher education, the Minority Stress Model provides unique insights into how our students navigate institutions and strategies we can use to promote inclusive classrooms. We hope to see you all there!
- Before break, you received an email about the REFLECT program hosted by Anoka-Ramsey Community College. This is a fantastic opportunity to come together with other scholars of teaching and learning from around the Minnesota State system. More information is available here; applications are due to Kristina Keller by this Friday, March 22.
- This summer, St. Cloud Technical and Community College is hosting the Institute for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, “a dynamic cohort of colleagues committed to increasing cultural competence and the use of culturally responsive and inclusive teaching strategies.” Specific dates, more information about funding, and the application form can all be found here (you will need to log in with your Star ID@minnstate.edu and password). Applications are due April 8.
And now, for the exciting news about the changes coming to CTL next year!
Every week here at Normandale, faculty engage in amazing assessment and faculty development work, simply because that is what it means to do our jobs.
- Has your department scheduled a workshop to train faculty in a new teaching strategy?
- Has someone come to one of your department meetings to share information about a particular student service on campus?
- Has your department worked through a program review or curriculum mapping project?
- Have you met with other faculty in your department to share assignment ideas or lesson plans?
- Have you gotten one-on-one help with D2L?
These things, and many, many more, are all examples of the faculty development and assessment work that you are already doing.
The Center for Teaching and Learning wants to make it easier for you to do this work.
That is why, starting in Fall 2019, the structure of the Center for Teaching and Learning is going to look a little different. Rather than schedule workshops that try (and fail) to address the needs of the whole campus, or force assessment projects to fit into a certain format, we will reallocate the CTL budget to help support the development and assessment work that you already know needs to happen.
Here is what this might look like:
- Maybe your department wants to bring in a speaker on an exciting topic related to your discipline.
- Maybe your department wants to hold a half-day retreat to talk about pedagogy or assessment, and wants help setting that up.
- Maybe your department needs to conduct your program review and wants guidance aligning course outcomes with program outcomes.
There are many more possibilities as well—these are just a few examples!
CTL will provide support for projects like these in three key ways:
First, your department can get support for projects like these through available CTL funds; a process will be put in place to make getting this financial support simple.
Support will also be available through the three CTL Campus Leaders:
- CTL Leader: Faculty Development Coordinator—This person will help schedule and organize faculty development efforts across campus, maintaining a campus-wide calendar of events.
- CTL Leader: Assessment Coordinator—This person will help departments coordinate their assessment work.
- CTL Leader: D2L/Online Learning Trainer—This person will help both departments and individuals with D2L and online learning needs.
Finally, support in the form of time will be available during the CTL College Hours—the 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month. This time will continue to be used for faculty development and assessment work, but on a department level, rather than campus-wide. Departments can use this time to host speakers, conduct trainings, work on assessment projects, or whatever they have identified as their particular faculty development or assessment needs.
CTL will also continue to support individuals who go above and beyond in their contributions to faculty development and assessment.
Several times a year, the Center for Teaching and Learning plans to hold high-impact events that will enable faculty to dive deeper into a particular faculty development or assessment-related topic. Some of the CTL budget will be used to provide funding for faculty to participate in these events, so that those who have a particular passion for faculty development or assessment can continue to cultivate their expertise.
We will be holding a series of forums to discuss this restructuring in greater detail and answer any questions you might have. These forums will be held on the following dates:
- Monday, March 18 from 12-1 pm in A2552
- Tuesday, March 19 from 3-4 pm in A2562
- Wednesday, April 3 from 2:30-3:30 in A2552
If you have questions and can’t make it to one of the forums, please reach out to one of the current members of the CTL team: Jen Miller, Kathleen Coate, and Betsy Longley.
Have a great week, everyone!