Apply for CIT Faculty Development Seminars
Spring 2014 CIT Faculty Development Seminars
The Center for Innovative Teaching (CIT) hopes to offer three faculty development seminars in Spring 2014. One is offered for untenured faculty members. The other seminar is open to all faculty, untenured and tenured. The third seminar is intended for NTT faculty exclusively. We encourage faculty members from all of the university’s colleges to apply.
Faculty Seminar for Untenured Faculty
This seminar is intended to provide opportunities for untenured junior faculty members to work collaboratively on issues of teaching and learning and on questions of professional development. The seminar will explore the differing perspectives, challenges, and pedagogical aspirations of participants and provide mutually supportive feedback. It will address teaching and learning concerns in light of the additional demands faced by untenured faculty members.
Thematic Seminar for Tenured and Untenured Faculty
This seminar is intended to address the theme "Engaging Students in a Changing University." It will be guided by existing knowledge and established approaches within the scholarship of teaching and learning. It will also take a research perspective on teaching, encouraging participants to raise questions about their own teaching contexts and to use those questions to frame inquiries into the effectiveness of particular teaching practices. Possible areas to explore might include promoting meaningful discussion and writing; teaching and learning for second language learners/immigrant populations; and the interface between technology, teaching and learning.
Faculty Seminar for Non-Tenure Track Faculty
This seminar is intended for NTT faculty members to share and address different strengths they bring to teaching, and the challenges they face that will enhance individual teaching skills for a 21st century classroom environment and facilitate professional development. This seminar will provide a platform where information sharing will be the central focus for learning in a collaborative and supportive environment concerning a variety of issues like teaching with newer technologies, teaching and learning in large classrooms, teaching in our globalized university environment, and teaching and learning in light of the demands faced by NTT faculty members. This is the first time that a seminar for NTT faculty exclusively is being offered.
Seminars are open to all faculty members from all of the university’s colleges. Note: Seminar participants may receive a course load reduction (CLR) or stipend. Be sure to consult your chair, director, or center head, as well as your dean concerning a CLR or stipend. NTT faculty may receive a stipend.
What happens in CIT Seminars? How are they organized?
Each seminar provides opportunities to work and talk with colleagues from across the university about teaching and learning issues. Seminar participants are provided with much-needed time and support to consider and try out new ideas, to reflect on their own teaching, to explore students’ learning, to visit each other’s classes in order to learn and to consider their own teaching in a broader perspective. Participants will be sharing materials and readings to frame their weekly discussions. Each seminar meets for a planning session before the semester begins and meets weekly during the semester. CIT Seminar Participants are expected to share their new ideas and learning with members of their respective departments/colleges.
All seminar participation, including consultations and classroom observations, is strictly confidential and is not allowed to be part of personnel decisions or reviews of any kind. Participation in a CIT seminar is suitable for listing on the UMASS/Boston Faculty AFR.
***The deadline to apply for CIT Faculty Development Seminars has passed.***