Category Archives: UMW Teaching Center

Rethinking Assessment

Our school is engaging in a major effort to revamp and improve institutional assessment.  Like many schools, we have been “doing” assessment for about 15 years.  Or I should say, we’ve been going through the motions.  Assessment was viewed as … Continue reading

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Rethinking Assessment

Last spring I was appointed acting director of our University Teaching Center.  The center has been alive for two years before this but we’ve never had a director.  I’ve worked this summer to revamp the old programs and create new … Continue reading

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Vision for the Future of Teaching & Learning at UMW

If the preeminent value at UMW is teaching excellence, which I believe it should be, then the UMW Teaching Center should play a prominent role at our institution. This is in contrast to the former Teaching Innovation Program, which seemed … Continue reading

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The Ideal Candidate

Our job search closed last week with 26 applicants. The pool looks strong. It is encouraging to see that outsiders view UMW as a place where exciting work is being done vis a vis teaching and learning. The next step … Continue reading

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W(h)ither Online Learning?

Let me start off by saying, I am a friend and supporter of our College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. I believe in what I understand their mission to be, that is, to offer a high quality, but lower cost … Continue reading

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Example of thoughtful thinking about advancing teaching and learning

Leslie Madsen-Brooks has provided a great example of the kind of post I would flag and redirect to the UMW Teaching Center website if I were in charge–A thoughtful example of progressive thinking about how to improve teaching and learning.

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Naming the Teaching Center

We need to come up with an appropriate name for the UMW Teaching Center. Ernie, the Chair of the Teaching Center Advisory Committee, points out that most teaching centers have similar and not very catchy names. Does the name matter? … Continue reading

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More than a Website: An Online Environment for Scholarly Conversation

This post is about another question that I’ve been considering for nearly six months. It’s actually come up in three different contexts, first the UMW Teaching Center, second the Economics Education Research group, and most recently the FSEM Workshop. I … Continue reading

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My Vision for the UMW Teaching Center

Over the last six months, I have several times mentioned the plans for our new Teaching Center at UMW. Faculty and staff have been asked to provide input into the planning process, and we have been told that this input … Continue reading

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Terry Dolson on Talking about Teaching

Terry Dolson at the University of Richmond is a thoughtful commentator on liberal education. Her recent post “On Faculty Development and Small Colleges” provides a compelling reason for developing intellectual community among faculty who value teaching. How you do it, … Continue reading

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