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Reflecting On and Documenting Your Teaching Experiences

Reflecting on Teaching:  What?  For Whom?  Why? Often, the motivation to improve one’s teaching by revising practices or experimenting with new initiatives stems from reflection.  This reflection often focuses on feedback received from others, such as student evaluations or peer reviews.  Reflection further involves one’s own assessment of experiences, through self-observation and activities that foster…

Posted on June 6, 2014 in News, Resource, ,


Make the Most of Your Course Preparation Time This Summer

Summer time is here, and many faculty members have a break from their usual schedules, a chance to slow down a bit and start planning their fall courses. If you have a breather, you may find this an opportune time to review and refresh your teaching plans and practices.  The Center for Teaching is open…

Posted on June 5, 2014 in News, Resource, ,


Summer Reading Recommendations from the CFT

by Nancy Chick, CFT Assistant Director I think I’ve begun an annual tradition of offering summer reading recommendations. Last summer, I suggested a collection of short essays by famous writers looking back on the poems that made them fall in love with writing.  The summer before, I recommended a professor’s memoir of her days as a…

Posted on June 4, 2014 in News, ,


Reflections from SoTL Scholar Vivian Finch

The SoTL Scholars Program introduces participants to the principles and practices of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, an international, multidisciplinary field of disciplinary specialists studying student learning. SoTL (pronounced “sō-tul” in the U.S.) is a synthesis of teaching, learning, and research in higher education that aims to bring a scholarly lens—the curiosity, the inquiry,…

Posted on June 3, 2014 in News, ,


CFT Now Accepting Applications for the SoTL Scholars Program

The Center for Teaching offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of instructors at every stage of their teaching career. From graduate students entering the teaching ranks to senior faculty fine-tuning their craft, all instructors will find participation in Center programs an avenue for exploration and discovery in a collegial setting. The SoTL…

Posted on May 12, 2014 in News,


CFT Now Accepting Applications for the Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows Program

The Center for Teaching offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of instructors at every stage of their teaching career. From graduate students entering the teaching ranks to senior faculty fine-tuning their craft, all instructors will find participation in Center programs an avenue for exploration and discovery in a collegial setting. Research by…

Posted on May 9, 2014 in News,


CFT Now Accepting Applications for the Mellon Certificate in Humanities Education

The Center for Teaching offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of instructors at every stage of their teaching career. From graduate students entering the teaching ranks to senior faculty fine-tuning their craft, all instructors will find participation in Center programs an avenue for exploration and discovery in a collegial setting. The Mellon…

Posted on May 8, 2014 in News,


More & More Accessible Guides from CFT

The CFT has quietly rolled out a new organizational structure for our guides, online documents in which we synthesize and condense some of the research and resulting practices of specific topics in teaching and learning. If you go to the CFT Homepage and hover your mouse over the “Guides” drop-down menu, you’ll see five categories …

Posted on February 8, 2014 in News, Resource,


From the Director: 2014 Horizon Report, Randy Bass Keynote

  By Derek Bruff, CFT Director Earlier this week, the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative released the 2014 Horizon Report, an annual report on current trends in technology in higher education. One of the six key trends identified in this year’s report is the shift from students as consumers (of information, of…

Posted on February 7, 2014 in News, ,


Grad Students, Come Work at the CFT!

The Center for Teaching is now accepting applications for its 2014-15 Graduate Teaching Fellow and Teaching Affiliate positions. Graduate Teaching Fellows (GTFs) are employed for the entire academic year, engage in a variety of CFT activities around training and supporting Teaching Assistants across the university, and are paid $20,000 August – May. NOTE: We’ll also…

Posted on February 6, 2014 in News,