Excellence in Teaching Day: May 21
As we come to the end of what, for many of us, has been among the most challenging years of our teaching careers, what it means to celebrate “Excellence in Teaching Day” takes on new meaning. The pandemic has forced us not only to remake our courses and our classrooms but has also challenged us to redefine what “excellence” in teaching (and learning) looks like.
In many ways, Excellence in Teaching Day this year marks a moment of transition, a time to pause and see what meaning we can make of these past twelve months as well as a time to start imagining what we want teaching and learning to look like in a post-pandemic world. ETD will again be a fully virtual event, with an abbreviated program, but we are hoping it still serves as a space for colleagues to gather and think together about the work of the past year and the years ahead.
Please mark Friday, May 21 as Excellence in Teaching Day on your calendar, and we’ll share more details about the day’s program soon.
Recommend Faculty Speakers
This year, in particular, we’re eager to hear from BC faculty about how they’re making sense of this unique time. And so we welcome your suggestions of colleagues who you would want to hear speak (or if you yourself would want to share) at this year’s Excellence in Teaching Day. Please use this brief form to share your suggestions, or feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com.
We’re curious to hear from people who have discovered new practices or approaches this year that they plan to incorporate into future classes. And we’re also interested in hearing from those willing to share their reflections on what the past year has meant to them: the new ways they’ve reckoned with their own and their students’ human limitations; the new insights they’ve gained into what is truly fundamental to learning in their disciplines; and the ways they’ve navigated joy and grief in the classroom during this difficult year.