Final Teaching Tip of the School Year

The calendar doesn’t lie- it is just about the end of the semester. Across campus faculty and students are hard at work wrapping up their courses and preparing for summer. And soon campus will take on that quiet, almost eerie calmness, associated with summer in Ames.

As you prepare for summer I want to share two professional development opportunities for your consideration.

We are currently soliciting participants for the CELT Teaching Partners Program. This program is designed to match second or third year tenure-track faculty with a senior faculty member (a successful, experienced teacher) from a differing discipline. This partnership supplements departmental mentoring with a focus on the teaching and student learning components of your position responsibilities. This partnership will begin the first week of September 2016 and continue until May 2017.  The Teaching Partners Program includes monthly meetings with your teaching partner group, attending three Teaching Partner Program events during the academic year, completing classroom visits among the partner group, and attending at least one CELT professional development program during the year.  If you are interested in participating in the CELT Teaching Partners Program as either a senior partner or junior partner, please contact Jen Leptien, CELT Program Coordinator, at 294-1948 (or jenl@iastate.edu) by May 6, 2016.

CELT Associate Director Holly Bender has been offering her incredibly popular 5-week teaching circle focused on team-based learning each semester for a number of years now. Inevitably there are a handful of faculty who are unable to participate because of conflicts with their teaching schedule. Holly is considering offering the teaching circle this summer if there is enough interest. If you are interested in participating respond by visiting the Summer Offering for Team-Based Learning Survey website.