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Spring 2014 Faculty Seminar on Teaching First-Year Students - Call for Application

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Tuesday, 14 January 2014 8:00 AM
Faculty Seminar on Teaching First-Year Students, Spring 2014
Freshman Connections and the Office of Educational Excellence are pleased to offer a three-part faculty development seminar to support Ball State faculty members in developing learner-centered pedagogies for first-year students. The sessions will be Wednesdays from 3-4:30 p.m. on February 19th, March 19th, and April 16th in BL 201.
Participants will read and discuss Developing Learner-Centered Teaching: A Practical Guide for Faculty, by Phyllis Blumberg, with a particular focus on the roles of content and the instructor.
Beyond the principle benefit of improving one’s pedagogy, participants will receive free copies of the text used in the seminar and a small honorarium. The interdisciplinary and interpersonal connections participants make in this seminar will have lasting professional and personal effects.
Informed by what s/he learns, each participant will prepare a brief report describing a pedagogical innovation s/he will implement during the 2014 calendar year. This report should include documents that will be used in that implementation. It will be due at the final (April 16th) session.
Seminar Facilitator
Peg Shaffer, EdD
Assistant Director, Freshman Connections
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies
Ball State faculty who teach classes with mostly first-year student enrollment. Preference will be given to faculty working with learning communities and/or faculty with five years or fewer years of service at Ball State. Diversity of participants is valued. Enrollment is limited to 10 participants.
To apply, send an email to Kathleen Jacobi in the Office of Educational Excellence that completes these four lines:
                Years of Service at BSU:
                Teach a course with mostly 1st-year student enrollment: (yes/no)

Application Deadline: January 28, 2014