For Fall 2020, the Center for Teaching’s programming will focus on three needs: connection, care, and support.
We will provide all programming virtually, adding a twist to old favorites and introducing new opportunities to form community around teaching needs. Please watch your UMW email and the Center for Teaching Event Calendar for dates, times, and meeting links.
Faculty Pedagogy Colloquium
Faculty Pedagogy Colloquium will resume this September. To learn more about the program or how to present, please consult its program page for more information. The call for presenters will go out soon!
Virtual Writing Retreat
Have you been trying to finish a writing project or wrap your head around starting one? Join our Faculty Fellow, Melissa Wells, for a monthly virtual writing retreat. One Friday each month from 11-12, we will come together via Zoom to carve out some time in our busy academic lives for writing. Whether you want to talk out a new project (maybe even SoTL—Scholarship of Teaching and Learning—where you research your own teaching practice) or write in peace in your own private “study carrel” breakout room, this group will be flexibly designed to meet your individual needs.
Caretaking and Academia Group
With the pandemic still with us, parents and caretakers of all varieties may be finding themselves burning out, struggling to balance their caretaking roles with their academic roles, and in need of a space to talk, plan, and even dive into some of the available research. Research in various fields have identified potential difficulties for primary caretakers in academia and these difficulties may be exacerbated by the pandemic. Faculty Fellow, Elizabeth Johnson-Young, will facilitate a monthly virtual gathering on one Friday each month from 12-1pm. Meetings will be designed primarily to support one another and will be flexible in terms of content and planning to ensure we are working best for the group. Topics might include: balancing a double caretaker role at home and in the classroom; brainstorming and writing best tips and tricks for balance and self-care; and impacts on our research time, including how we might value and transform the work we do as caretakers and academics into presentable and publishable research.
Teaching Talks are topic-focused sessions for modeling and sharing ideas to develop and grow our teaching practices. Topics are driven by faculty needs and requests. Sessions maximize sharing and discussion among participants–you should leave a session with at least one new idea (hopefully more!) for your classes. If you have a request for a Teaching Talk or would like to present at one, please reach out!
Sustaining and Building Community
In summer 2020, we learned the power of community to support teaching and learning. This fall, the Center for Teaching and Digital Learning Support will join with Steve Greenlaw and Anand Rao (co-facilitators of this summer’s Compelling Courses learning community) to provide bimonthly, open spaces for faculty to share teaching successes, challenges, and ideas. No agenda, other than having space and time to be together and learn from one another.