CTL Summer Institute

Application deadline: Monday, May 16, 2016

The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to invite applications for the inaugural CTL Summer Institute!

  • Are you stuck in a rut and looking for ideas to reinvigorate your teaching?
  • Have you been thinking about flipping or redesigning your class but aren’t sure where to begin?
  • Do you simply want an opportunity to step back and think about your classes with fresh eyes?

Whatever stage you are in with your teaching, the CTL Summer Institute provides support for faculty who want to innovate their teaching and explore new ways to engage students. Through a combination of readings, group discussion and hands-on activities, participants will reflect on what they really want their students to learn, consider changes to their course design and teaching activities that will better support the realization of those goals, and discuss best practices for implementing their innovations. Participants will then integrate changes into their Fall 2016 course(s) and share their experiences with colleagues.

  • June 13-17, 9:30am-12:30pm each day (coffee and snacks provided)
  • One follow-up meeting in August and a minimum of two follow-up meetings during the 2016-17 academic years, dates TBD
  • Participants who complete all requirements will receive $350 for professional development

[If you are interested but cannot attend June 13-17, or will not apply for other reasons, please click here to provide us with some additional information]

What are the goals of the Summer Institute?
The overall goals of the CTL Summer Institute are to:

  • Engage faculty in discussion of the scholarly evidence on student learning and high-impact teaching techniques
  • Assist and support faculty in developing class activities, assignments and course materials to support students’ critical thinking and increase engagement
  • Promote a culture of reflection and continuous improvement in teaching and learning
  • Strengthen the community of teacher-scholars in disciplines across campus

How will this be useful to me?
Participants will be provided with a copy of Creating Significant Learning Experiences by L. Dee Fink, and each day of the Institute will focus on different aspects of designing learner-centered courses, including:

  • clarifying learning goals;
  • aligning assessments and activities with those goals;  
  • creating rich learning experiences (and making time in class for them);
  • the role of ‘mindset’ in student persistence and success; and
  • motivating students to do assigned work.

To honor their commitment, Institute participants who complete all requirements will receive $350 for professional development activities and materials. All Institute materials and refreshments will be covered by the CTL.

What is the time commitment?
The Institute will meet Monday, June 13, through Friday, June 17, from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Participants should also plan to spend at least one to two additional hours each day to complete reading, reflection and course design assignments. All meetings will be interactive and attendees are expected to come prepared to participate. We will meet on campus, location TBA. Follow-up meetings in August and during the 2016-17 academic year will be shorter (1.5 hours) and specific dates will be determined based on participants’ availability.

Who should apply?
We encourage applications from all full-time tenured faculty, tenure-track faculty, and lecturers with continuing appointments who are committed to student learning and course improvement. Priority will be given to faculty who teach courses where students have traditionally struggled and/or who currently use lecture as their primary method of teaching. We also strongly encourage teams of instructors from the same department/course to apply together (please indicate this on the application). Faculty should apply only if they can commit to attend all meetings and participate fully in all program activities.

What is expected from participants?
In addition to attending all scheduled meetings, successful completion of the Institute includes the following:

  • Revised Syllabus and Evaluation Plan: At the meeting in August 2016, participants will share (1) a redesigned syllabus that reflects the teaching innovations for their Fall 2016 course(s) and (2) a specific plan for evaluating the impact of their innovations on student learning.
  • Peer Presentation: Early in the Spring 2017 semester, participants will present their teaching innovations to their department or program (e.g., in a brown bag seminar). Participants may also have the opportunity to present at other CTL events.
  • Final portfolio: At the conclusion of the program, participants will provide a report/portfolio that will be posted on the CTL website. The portfolio will include a summary of the innovation(s), results and evidence of student learning, and an overall reflection.

Click here for application.