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Excellence in Teaching Day is being held on May 9th this year. More details soon about this chance to reflect with colleagues and celebrate teaching at BC!

Mid-Semester Feedback Services

If you’re a faculty member or teaching fellow planning to gather mid-semester feedback from your students — either using the standard form distributed by the Provost’s Office or a form of your own design — CTE staff are available to help you develop feedback questions and/or make sense of feedback you’ve already gathered. To learn more, email centerforteaching@bc.edu with your interest, and someone will follow up with you.  Photo of the Mid-Semester Feedback Form

New Faculty Seminar: Student Feedback

Too often faculty don’t receive any feedback on their teaching until the end of the semester when it’s not possible to make any changes to the course. And even when you have access to student evaluation data, it’s often difficult to hone in on important information or identify meaningful changes in what can feel like a random laundry list of recommendations.

Our next New Faculty Seminar on Teaching will meet on February 17 from 10:00 - 11:00 in the CTE’s Innovation Lab to discuss options for collecting actionable feedback on your teaching earlier in the term, an opportunity to interpret sample feedback data, and a chance to exchange questions and ideas with colleagues. Register online for Interpreting Student Feedback.

Roundtable: Navigating Self-Disclosure

Join us for an informal conversation about how self-disclosure and teaching personae operate in the classroom. Whether you’re informed by the “coming out” narratives of queer and disabled instructors or the need to maintain appropriate boundaries with your students, we’re looking forward to thinking together about why and how instructors craft their teaching identities. Learn more and register for Navigating Self-Disclosure in the Classroom, on Wednesday, March 16, from 2:00 - 3:00.

Cohort Applications Due March 1

Open to all BC faculty, the Faculty Cohorts on Teaching program brings faculty together for a year-long exploration of a pedagogical question or approach. Participants receive a $2,500 stipend. Read below about next year’s topics and find cohort registration information on the CTE website.

Teaching for Inclusion and Social Justice

Next year will mark the seventh (and final!) offering of our “Teaching for Inclusion and Social Justice” cohort. Open to faculty from all disciplinary backgrounds, this cohort seeks to investigate what it means to center goals of equity and student belonging in all areas of our practice: pedagogical approach, classroom interaction, and curriculum development. Please see the CTE cohorts website for more information and contact Kim Humphrey with any questions.

Applying Learning Sciences to Our Teaching

The second offering of the “Applying Learning Sciences to Our Teaching” cohort invites faculty to participate in a year-long collaborative inquiry into the research on how student metacognition, motivation, reflection, and self-agency impact student learning. Participants will each identify a learning problem common to the courses they teach and then experiment with implementing different pedagogical responses to that problem, informed by the learning sciences literature. Find full information on the CTE cohorts website. Sarah Castricum is available to answer your questions.

Grad Student & PostDoc Reading Group

Graduate students and postdocs are invited to join us for a series of 4 meetings to discuss the book Small Teaching in the CTE’s Innovation Lab (O’Neill 250). Meetings will be held on Thursdays 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, and 3/31 from 11:00-12:00. Participants who can commit to attending all four meetings will be able to pick up a copy of the book. Space is limited, so please indicate your interest in the book group by Thursday, February 10.  Photo of the Small Teaching book cover

Teaching Philosophy Online Workshop

Registration is open for the “Drafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement” asynchronous online workshop, which will be held from Tuesday, February 22 - Monday, April 4. Held in Canvas, the workshop asks participants to spend 8-10 hours total completing all workshop components. Graduate students and postdocs will reflect on their teaching, learn some features of a successful teaching philosophy statement, as well as draft a complete statement and receive feedback from peers and CTE staff. Full details and registration information can be found on the CTE’s website. Please indicate your interest by Thursday, February 17.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

TAM Proposals Due February 28

Teaching, Advising, and Mentoring (TAM) grants — overseen by the University Council on Teaching (UCT) — provide up to $15,000 to fund creative and innovative faculty projects meant to advance the teaching, advising, and mentoring of students at Boston College. The UCT favors proposals that go beyond the normal preparation of courses expected of faculty. Almost any expense can be covered by a grant, including up to a total of $5,000 of summer stipend per award. See the Office of the Provost’s website for complete TAM application information.

ATIG Proposals Due March 11

Administered by the Academic Technology Advisory Board (ATAB), the Academic Technology Innovation Grant (ATIG) seeks to support faculty projects that bring innovative uses of technology to teaching and research. Proposals are welcome from individual faculty members, departments or interdisciplinary groups, with special attention given to those with the potential for adoption beyond the recipient's own department or school. Awards typically range from $5K to $40K and may include a summer faculty stipend of up to $5K per project. The ATIG application form will be available this Friday.

LGBT@BC Workshops on Pronouns

Based on an employee survey distributed last year, members of the Trans Inclusion Subcommittee of LGBT@BC are offering brief (15-20 minute) workshops about how to approach pronouns in the classroom and with colleagues in ways that create safe, welcoming environments for people of all genders. Contact Andy Crow, Assistant Professor of English, to learn more or schedule a workshop for your department.

Student Affairs Communication Updates

If you’re looking for more regular insight into what students are hearing from other corners of the university, the Students Affairs Communication Updates page can supplement information you might hear from students, colleagues, and other campus news sources. The new page is part of an effort to provide more transparent communication about campus happenings.

Congratulations to Stacy Grooters

We are pleased to share the exciting news that our very own Stacy Grooters, the CTE’s Executive Director, has been selected as the next President-Elect for the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network! Founded in 1976, the POD Network – devoted to improving teaching and learning in higher education – is North America’s largest educational development community, supporting more than 1,400 members representing every US state and more than 30 countries to develop professionally through meaningful and sustained interaction.  Photo of Stacy Grooters
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