Reflective Practice Executive Summary for 1999–2000

  •  Co-Directors: Mary Ann Cessna, Dir. Center for Teaching Excellence, John Woolcock, Chemistry, Laurel Black, English,  Brian Jones, Theater, Terry Ray, Finance and Legal Studies

    • 112 Faculty members in 83% of 40 Departments and all 6 Academic Colleges
    • 3 Student Affairs Professionals

    13 Cross-Disciplinary Teaching Circles

    • Developing Portfolios for Promotion
    • Course Portfolios for Studio Courses
    • The Reflective Practice Portfolio
    • Critical Thinking
    • WebCT (two groups)
    • Using Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning
    • Service Learning
    • Teaching Students in Changing Cultural Environments and Maintaining Standards
    • Campus Civility
    • Active Learning in Large Classrooms
    • Collaborative/Interactive Learning
    • Classroom Management

    14 Departmental Teaching Circles

    • Nursing and Allied Health Professions (2 circles)
    • English (3 circles)
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Chemistry (2 circles)
    • Criminology
    • Technology Support and Training
    • Special Education Clinical Services (2 circles)
    • Armstrong Campus

    Workshops, Conferences and Large Group Meetings

    24 September 1999

    For academic administrators

    Teaching Philosophy: A Guide for Faculty Work by Gail Goodyear (California State Polytechnic University)

    25 September 1999 (Fall workshop)

    70 participants

    Articulating Statements of Teaching Philosophy by Gail Goodyear

    19 February 2000

    25 participants

    Service Learning: An Active Learning Strategy that Really Works - Alice Kaiser-Drobney (Slippery Rock University of PA)

    9-11 March 2000

    10 faculty attendees, mostly RP members

    Ninth Annual Conference on Advancing Teaching in College Classrooms and Campus Cultures  (State College, PA). Several of these faculty presented workshops at the conference.

    18 March 2000

    30 participants

    Teaching Climate and Faculty Well-being by Charles Walker (St. Bonaventure University, NY)

    RP Large Group Meetings

    August and September 1999

    Brian Jones

    Organizational Meetings: Focus Meeting and Teaching Slam

    October 1999

    Dennis Ausel

    The Role Of Technology in Good Instructional Design

    November 1999

    Ben Rafoth and Matt Willen

    Recent Research and Applications for Concept Mapping

    December 1999

    John Woolcock

    Teaching in the Rhythms of the Semester 

    February 2000

    Dee Klein and Caroll Young

    Opening Doors: Two Cases of Formative Assessment of Teaching

    March 2000

    Pete Goldsmith

    Teaching The New Student: Where Hope and Fear Collide; and Teaching Slam (Brian Jones)

    April 2000

    Terry Ray - Taking Stock

    Publications and Presentations

    5 February 2000

    Eighth AAHE Conference on Faculty Roles and Rewards

    New Orleans - 20 participants

    “Creating and Sustaining Cross-Disciplinary Teaching Circles Through Reflective Practice”by co-directors: Laurel Black, Mary Ann Cessna, Terry Ray and provost Mark Staszkiewicz

    May 2000

    Cessna co-authored with David Graf, Nova Southeastern University in Miami, an article titled “Benefits of Teaching Circles” which was published in the May 2000 issue of NEA Advocate.  (NEA Advocate is distributed to 87,000+ faculty members in higher education.)