The yearlong Teaching Excellence Colloquium for faculty new to Berkeley will provide participants with the knowledge, tools, and inspiration to achieve Berkeley's high expectations for teaching excellence while benefiting from becoming part of a cohort of new faculty peers with shared perspectives across many disciplines. The colloquium kicks off with a daylong event which will be followed by monthly workshops emphasizing various aspects of teaching and learning at all levels, and offers faculty the unique opportunity to form small groups to explore a shared teaching interest and conduct peer observations of classroom teaching. Faculty participants will also be introduced to innovative teaching programs such as Berkeley's famous Freshman Seminars, Discovery Courses, Big Ideas courses, and our undergraduate research programs.
In order to instill a sense of excellence in teaching as an important campus value, the colloquium will:
- Provide a strong pedagogical foundation upon which faculty can build and innovate across their career.
- Facilitate networks between faculty new to Berkeley and continuing faculty.
- Inform faculty about campus infrastructure and the various resources available through academic partners.
- Develop a community of practice around enhancing teaching excellence.
Faculty who participate throughout the year will be provided a course-improvement grant of $2000, a certificate, and a letter written by their Dean in support of their next merit review.
The Teaching Excellence Colloquium (TEC) puts into practice a novel approach to improving teaching through reciprocal peer observation. A small group of faculty, formed around shared teaching interests, observe one another and provide feedback as part of a dialogue to collectively address pressing questions, needs, or opportunities. The additional opportunity to observe one of Berkeley's Distinguished Teaching Award recipients, who excel in the pedagogical area the group is exploring, provides an exemplar on which to draw from for small group dialogues.
Fall 2016 Schedule
Daylong Orientation to Teaching Excellence @ UC Berkeley
August 19 | 8:30am - 3:30pm | Faculty Club, Heyns Room
September 16 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117
The Science of How Students Learn
October 14 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117
Formative Assessment / Formative Pedagogy
November 4 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117
Evaluating Student Learning
December 9 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117
Spring 2017 Schedule
January 27 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117
TBD by cohort
February 17 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117
TBD by cohort
March 17 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117
TBD by cohort
April 21 | 12:00 - 1:00pm | Academic Innovation Studio - Dwinelle 117
Certificate Ceremony (Wine & Cheese Reception)
TBD during RRR Week | 4:00 - 5:00pm | Durant Hall Atrium
TEC is facilitated by the Center for Teaching and Learning, and sponsored by the College of Letters & Science.