Improving College Mathematics Teaching Through Faculty Development
Participants will learn and experience some exciting and innovative teaching strategies and approaches that will expand their own and their colleagues’ teaching abilities.
In this workshop, we will provide a framework which can be used for faculty members to improve an existing (or create a new) faculty development and mentorship program within their own departments. Workshop participants will learn how to better organize and carry out faculty development programs appropriate for their needs. Participants will learn and experience some exciting and innovative teaching strategies and approaches that will expand their own and their colleagues’ teaching abilities. Topics in the workshop will include:
- Teaching and faculty development activities
- Practice in giving, taking, and incorporating collegial feedback
- Alternative teaching strategies and their implementation
- Enhancing departmental collegiality and supporting a culture focused on learning
- Sharing established methods for assessment of teaching in your department programs, courses, and activities
- Fostering exciting pedagogy through a focus on the big picture, defining and developing habits of mind, promoting reasoned risk-taking, assessing student and colleague progress, and sharing through the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)
This workshop will help participants better lead a faculty development program at their institutions. All participants will have opportunities to share best practices from their teaching experiences. Some participants will be asked to teach lessons incorporating some teaching best practices. We encourage institutional pairs to apply.
The Department of Mathematical Sciences at West Point has a long tradition of developing its faculty. For over 60 years the Department has been inspiring and teaching what is now an average of 20 new faculty members every year. The program for training these new faculty members can be found here. The point of contact for the MAA PREP workshop is Heather Jackson, (845) 938-5931.
This workshop is an MAA Professional Enhancement Program activity funded by National Science Foundation grants DUE-0817071 and DUE-0837518. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.