Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Professional Development in Teaching

Teaching 2015-16 Program for New Faculty

To assist new faculty in their transition to teaching at FIU, The Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) offers a professional development series designed specifically for this cohort. Workshops will be held on a monthly basis; each workshop will be held twice, in order to accommodate most faculty schedules.

New faculty who participate in the program will also receive two very useful books: What The Best College Teachers Do, by Ken Bain (Harvard, 2004) and How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (Ambrose, et al, Jossey-Bass, 2010). New faculty in this program will be engaged in a Faculty Learning Community, with multiple opportunities for mentorship, as well as for observing each other's teaching and the teaching of veteran faculty. The program will assist new faculty with course design, honing their presentation and communication skills, classroom strategies, and many other vital techniques. It will also create opportunities for reflection and formative self-assessment.

The Pedagogy Orientation session held on August 19 is the first stage of this program. This workshop will help faculty begin the semester on the right foot, and addresses the following topic:

  • How does learning happen?

Fall workshops will address the following topics:

  • Creating an environment for learning
  • Developing good writing assignments, and responding to student writing
  • Developing and using good classroom assessment (exams, assignments, etc.)
  • Active learning techniques

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