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Faculty Knowledge Essentials, Pedagogy: How people learn

Developing a Teaching Philosophy Statement (April 2016)

Join our Developing a Teaching Philosophy workshop on Wednesday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 27, from 1:30 to 3pm Central time and learn how to draft and refine your own teaching philosophy. Click here to register for this workshop. Registration closes April 6, and students will be notified of their enrollment status on April 7.

Why do teaching philosophies matter? Teaching philosophies are a powerful tool for faculty and future faculty alike. By defining your approach to instruction, a teaching philosophy gives you a benchmark for demonstrating your impact in the classroom. Whether you're looking for work, pursuing tenure, or simply trying to refine your teaching practices, having a philosophy can help you advance at every stage of your academic career.

What will the workshop cover? In this workshop, you will learn how to write an effective, peer-reviewed teaching philosophy statement that reflects your teaching beliefs and experiences, approaches to student learning, and examples of best practices in evidence-based instruction.

Instructors: Bennett Goldberg, Professor of Physics and Director of STEM Education Initiatives, Boston University; Sarah Hokanson, Director, Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs, Boston University; Emily Cohen-Shikora, Program Manager, Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Fellowship Program, Washington University in St. Louis; and Michelle Repice, Assistant Director of Academic Services and Lecturer of American Culture Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

Who's invited? Anyone can register for our workshop, though students from CIRTL institutions will be given preference. Enrollment will be capped at 40 students, and we will maintain a short waitlist in case spots open up at the last minute. Click here to register. Registration closes Wednesday, April 6 and participants will be notified of their enrollment status by Thursday, April 7.

What's required of me before and after the workshop? Participants will need to do some preparatory work before the workshop, and some wrap-up work afterwards. Instructors anticipate that pre-workshop assignments will take between 30 minutes and an hour, while assignments in between the two sessions will take around 1 hour. Additional details about these assignments will be posted in the workshop Moodle site.

Where will the workshop take place? We'll use Moodle to host assignments and discussion boards before and after the workshop; you'll automatically receive a Moodle account once you're enrolled in the workshop. The sessions on the 13th and 27th will take place in Blackboard Collaborate, web conferencing software that CIRTL uses for its courses, events, and other cross-Network meetings. To participate in the Blackboard Collaborate sessions, you will need headphones and a computer with a microphone and camera.

Any questions? We want to make this workshop accessible to as many people as possible. If you have questions about the workshop content, how to register, or how to use the required technology, contact kdiamond3 AT