IV.Special Academic Programs and Support: F. The Center for Learning and Teaching
Denison places the faculty/student experience at the center of its liberal arts education. The Center for Learning and Teaching has been established to support and enhance that foundational relationship. The Center provides a variety of seminars, teaching tables, mentorship and other support to help faculty explore and strengthen pedagogy.
Specifically, the Center provides learning and teaching seminars for new and early-career faculty on both the tenure and non-tenure tracks. In addition, for faculty at all experience levels, the Center hosts and facilitates workshops and learning communities that address specific curricular and scholarly initiatives and pedagogies. The Center also coordinates a structured program for one-on-one consultation and classroom teaching observation that is designed to provide informative feedback and mentoring for all interested faculty.
The primary goal of Denison’s Center for Learning and Teaching is to support and collaborate with faculty at all career stages, considering questions, ideas, activities, and research on teaching and learning. The Center provides support for faculty development and mentoring related to the practice of effective teaching. Specific goals include:
- Conduct teaching and learning seminars for first-year and early-career faculty.
- Develop or sponsor workshops, brown-bag lunches, reading and discussion groups, and other programs (e.g., Teaching Matters!) that address specific teaching approaches, strategies, activities, and pedagogies including digital technology.
- Provide a structured program for one-on-one consultations and classroom teaching observations as a way of delivering formative feedback for faculty at all experience levels and providing mentoring relationships for early-career faculty.
- Coordinate and enhance collaboration among faculty, faculty groups, professional staff, and administrative offices in order to initiate and promote a variety of faculty development programs and resources that address teaching, learning, scholarship, and mentoring for our college.
- Support the development of faculty pedagogy and curricular projects focused on the intersection of innovative teaching, integrated learning, and scholarship of teaching and learning.
- Participate and provide leadership in forging relationships and collaborations between Denison’s faculty development programs and other professional organizations that address issues in teaching, learning, and curriculum in higher education.
- Foster use of the Center's meeting spaces in the Library's atrium level for workshops, discussions, meetings, and any type of program relevant to teaching, learning, advising, mentoring, the curriculum, and other higher education forums.