Programs & Events
The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) plans a variety of events and programs to help faculty strengthen and diversify their teaching skills, to engage in interdisciplinary conversations, and to use assessment strategies to improve student learning. Stay tuned for AY21/22 programming!
Welcome Back to the New Academic Year!
The Peter J. Guerin, O.S.B. Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) invites all full-time and part-time faculty members to participate in our programs for the academic year 2021 - 2022. For more announcements and news, watch for emails with the new offerings as they become available.
New Faculty Orientation (NFO)
Typically reserved for faculty within their first 3 years of teaching; in AY 21/22 this series will be open to anyone because teaching this year is new for everyone.
2021 Summer Programming
Summer Learning Institute
Transforming Attitudes and Assumptions into Informed Perspectives: Strategies for Teaching and Learning will be held both in-person and via Zoom on May 17-19, 2021, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Instructional Technology and Design. Plan to join us!
Summer Faculty Reading Group
“Students these days….” may be the beginning of our lament about how students read (or not), write, study, work, or some other characteristics and behaviors that seems to negatively influence our ability to teach as effectively as we might like.
The goal of the summer reading group is to give a small group of faculty, prompted by a shared reading of the book described below, the opportunity to reflect together on our experience, assumptions, aspirations, and challenges. In return, it is expected that insights gained that could support faculty development in our community will be shared beyond the reading group in an informal presentation or discussion group. A stipend will be provided by the Dean’s Office for 10 participants.
Becoming a Student-Ready College, by Tia Brown McNair, Susan Albertine, Michelle Asha Cooper, Nicole McDonald and Thomas Major asks us to take another look at our college and the college culture, and how we might take a different perspective on teaching excellence. In five short chapters, the book addresses (paraphrased…)
- What does it mean to be a student-ready college?
- What are our core values as a community?
- How might we build a more intentional and supportive environment for “students these days?”
- How do we most effectively use partnerships in the community to enhance student success?
- How do we rekindle our optimism about our students and their ability to succeed?
During the summer faculty reading group, we will read this text with the eye toward stimulating discussion about our own campus and experiences and consider strategies for expanding our perspective and ability to meet the needs of current and future students.
To participate in the summer faculty reading group, the requirements will be:
- Apply for participation (limited to 10 participants) via this survey by May 1, 2021
- Read Becoming a Student-Ready College and be prepared to participate in discussion groups.
- Participate in 5 discussion groups with co-participants in May and June 2021, one for each chapter.
- Partner with a faculty group member to determine the best way to communicate with the larger community the key elements of a chapter, e.g., presenting at a CTE event, hosting a discussion group, sharing insights with a department, collaborating with another campus entity (ARC, Office for D&I, Faculty Senate, etc.) to present ideas/concepts, or another method you and your partner deem appropriate.
- Write a short reflection about your experience, including your evaluation of effectiveness in meeting the goals of the program, and submit to the Center for Teaching Excellence director in September 2021. Reflections will be summarized and reported in the aggregate only (without identification of individuals) as part of the CTE annual report.
Summer Writing Challenge
Need to be productive this summer? Get a good start and challenge each other to do the same! Join the annual, informal Summer Writing Challenge, to be held May 24-28, 2021. Yes, pre-pandemic this event was held on campus, but this year, held remotely but in concert, with the option to celebrate our successes together in a safe, socially distanced way at the end of the week. Challenge yourself and each other to get some work done before the official start of summer slows your progress.
Canvas Site for Faculty - New Frontiers in Pedagogy
The switch to remote instruction has left many veteran professors feeling like a novice. If this sentiment resonates with you, rest assured you are not alone! The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) offers our support this summer and beyond as you work to rediscover your teaching groove in the shift to hybrid, flipped, and fully online teaching modalities. The new faculty Canvas site, "New Frontiers in Pedagogy” was developed for the CTE by Dr. Dianna Terrell (Education) and Cynthia DiMascio (Instructional Technology and Design), in consultation with a multidisciplinary group of advisors, with support from the Dean’s office. The site is designed to facilitate learning for Saint Anselm College professors on current theories and practice in teaching.
Professors from any discipline are welcome to:
• navigate this one model of an online course in pursuit of instructional ideas worth transferring to your courses;
• experience first-hand dozens of teaching strategies shown to improve student learning;
• consider insights, reflections, tips and tool-support from colleagues experienced in online instruction;
• reflect on, reaffirm, or improve their own pedagogical choices for the upcoming term; and
• share insights and crowdsource challenges with our community of colleagues and learners.
We invite you to browse the site after your well-deserved Memorial Day respite.
This site will continue to be populated with content regularly. Perhaps you have something you would like to contribute! If so, please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CTE currently provides three kinds of faculty mentoring. First, in concert with the Dean's Office, the CTE offers a series of discussions and workshops for faculty of Saint Anselm College. Second, the CTE also sponsors a New Faculty Mentoring Program, in which new, tenure-track and three-year faculty members are paired with tenured colleagues as resource people. Third, faculty can request to visit another faculty member's classroom to observe a specific pedagogical skill.
Faculty Classroom Visit
The Center for Teaching Excellence regularly receives requests from faculty members interested in visiting another faculty member's classroom to see examples of how to handle particular classroom issues.
In order to facilitate cross-classroom exchanges among faculty, the Center provides a list of faculty members (PDF/14.5KB) willing to open their classroom to another faculty member by appointment and after discussion.
No special talent in any area is implied by being on this list, other than a willingness to share teaching experience.
Any faculty interested in setting up a visit should make direct contact with a person on the list, discuss your particular need, and see if there is an appropriate course, date and time for a visit. Faculty pairs can decide whether the visit will be simply a one-time observation, or will include a post-observation discussion and exchange of ideas.
New Faculty Orientation
The CTE helps to organize new faculty orientation series throughout the fall semester, and provides new faculty with additional teaching resources.
New Faculty Mentoring
This program pairs each new tenure-track or longer-term faculty member with one tenured faculty member from outside his or her department. The two are encouraged to meet at least once a month to discuss all aspects of being a faculty member at Saint Anselm College. Topics of discussion might include relocation issues, teaching strategies, campus culture, and the mission of the college. The resource person functions within a "community of support" which includes the Dean of the College, the new faculty member's department chair, and his or her departmental colleagues. If you are a tenured faculty member at Saint Anselm College and would like to participate in the program, please contact us at CTE@anselm.edu.
Faculty Writing Support
Faculty Writing Community
Seeking to keep your summer writing project on track? Facing a looming writing deadline this fall? Research finds that the most prolific academic writers commit themselves to short, regular, morning writing sessions. Consistency and accountability in a supportive environment also help form productive writing habits. In our effort to support faculty research and writing, the CTE welcomes faculty writers each Monday for an hour (or less/more) anytime between 8-10 a.m. Kick start your week with your own writing, in silence and solidarity with your colleagues. Coffee, tea and light snacks are available!
Other Programs of Interest
Courageous Community Conversations
Beginning in 2018, a partnership between Saint Anselm College, the Goffstown Public Library, the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire and the Granite State Organizing Project was begun, with the goal of encouraging and facilitating conversations about race and other difference. Events continue in the community and welcome participation from the campus community. Details are available here.