Category Archives: Faculty Life

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Why I Care

As a 2014 CATL faculty consultant I have spent a number of hours concerned with facilitating the development of our colleagues during their early years on campus. Those of us who have been at it for a while recognize the importance of mentoring our nouveau faculty. But in addition, I value the importance of faculty revitalization, as we all recognize that the intense 24/7 demands and politics of academic life have the potential for burnout. Continue reading

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Innovative Strategies For General Education

I was given the opportunity to attend and participate in the Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD) Conference in Louisville, KY in March 2014 under the auspices of a teaching enhancement grant.  My goal was to learn innovative strategies that could be implemented in the general education course I teach (American Social Welfare, soon to be called Foundation of Social Policy) both in the face-to-face offering and in the development of an on-line version of the course to be taught in summer.  Continue reading

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A Reflection of The Peer Observation Process

One “assignment” in the Teaching Scholars program is to conduct a formative peer observation with a Teaching Scholar colleague.  My initial reaction to this process was one of insecurity, i.e., questioning my own teaching style and concern over selecting the “right” class session to be observed.  I was determined to select a class session with significant theoretical content, with an obvious beginning and end to allow for a complete assessment, and a session that was presented primarily by me (versus the students).  That plan put me in a quandary.  Continue reading

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Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Summit

WiSCUR: The Wisconsin Council on Undergraduate Research

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I would be attending a Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Summit in Washington, D. C. to learn with individuals from several other State Systems and Consortia about how best to institutionalize undergraduate research.  I, along with the representatives of the other UW System schools, was delighted to meet with individuals from campuses across the following Systems/Consortia: the California State University System, the City University of New York, the Council on Pubic Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA), as well as from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.  As you can see, there were a variety of types of schools (large, small, public, private, etc.) that joined in the discussion about how to strategically foster undergraduate research on our campuses. Continue reading

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Observing In The Classroom

As a part of my responsibilities as Faculty Consultant for CATL, I was required to observe and conduct a peer evaluation of our new faculty members.  Truly this was the best experience of this position!  For the uninitiated, the instructor fills out a detailed pre-observation form detailing class objectives and the activities to attain those objectives.  Space for the goals of the course as well as current concerns is also provided. Continue reading