Category : Faculty & Staff Development

Written on Nov, 09, 2016 by in

Last month Charlie and I (Hal) celebrated ten years of being co-directors of the University’s Teaching & Learning Center (TLC). While I had been a co-director with someone else a few years earlier, it wasn’t until Charlie stepped down as chair of the Department of English & Theatre and moved over to the TLC, that we worked together as administrators. …

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Written on Oct, 26, 2016 by in

We came up in an earlier age when the old expression was “Show me your library, and I’ll show you your soul.” Of course, today most houses aren’t even constructed with libraries, so perhaps a better indicator of a person’s intellectual core might be his/her desktop—and we’re not talking computer desktop. Most writers still have desks, whether at the office, …

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Written on Oct, 19, 2016 by in

In the aftermath of our publishing novels, short stories, and academic books and articles, the three of us continue to be asked the same question: where do you guys get your ideas? Gather round, for this time we’re going to reveal one of our secrets, and this strategy for innovation is one you won’t find in our Introduction to Applied …

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Written on Oct, 12, 2016 by in

By its very nature a post is short (about 750 words in our case), and, as such, posts do not allow the depth of a research article and certainly not that of a book. Some of the subjects we touch upon are like grazing your fingernail on an elephant—there’s a lot more there that we didn’t touch. In the past …

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A decade ago in Creating the Future of Faculty Development (2006), Sorcinelli et al listed the most common services offered by centers of teaching and learning (CTL), and amazingly among those goals was NOT some form of classroom observation (p. 48). Still, colleges and universities place a great deal of importance on that process. In fact, before it had created …

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Written on Sep, 29, 2016 by in

In “How to Write a Bestseller” (The Wall Street Journal, 2 September 2016, D5), Tony Gray discusses a new book called The Bestseller Code (2016), wherein Jockers and Archer used several computers to analyze 5,000 bestselling novels published during the past 30 years. In scrutinizing everything from nouns to the proper names of the authors, the two researchers focused on …

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Written on Sep, 21, 2016 by in

In our last post we described a new online professional development system we christened DEEP (Developing Excellence in Eastern’s Professors). Perhaps just as important as the product was the process of collaborative innovative thinking that led to it. We spend a lot of time discussing our products, and we throw around terms like “creative thinking,” “design thinking,” and here “collaborative …

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Written on Sep, 14, 2016 by in

If the assessment reports for your center of teaching & learning (CTL) indicated that you were reaching only 10% of your faculty, what would you do to improve those numbers? If after including food, book give-aways, online registration, professional learning communities, and university-wide famous presenters, and even toolkits for the attendees, you found that you had bumped up the participation …

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Written on Sep, 07, 2016 by in

A few years ago, as Rusty, Hal, and I mentioned in previous posts, we ever-so-slightly changed our CTL’s motto/prime directive from “Helping Teachers Help Students Learn” to “Helping Teachers Help Students Lean Deeply” in order to reflect our commitment to deep learning. Last summer we helped our unit modify its strategic plan so that student deep learning was our chief …

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Written on Aug, 24, 2016 by in

An issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education (November 14, 2014) carries an essay that provides a rationale for the traditional role of the solitary scholar. In “Leave Me Alone,” Magdalena Kay laments the current trend toward collaborative writing in academia, arguing, “I believe the best work, particularly that dinosaur known as the single-author scholarly book or article, often gets …

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