Professional Development

Faculty Retreats
The day prior to the start of Fall and Spring semesters, the Writing Program hosts a day-long retreat for professional development. The retreat includes an opening session with updates on the Writing Program followed by a series of break-out sessions on various topics, such as working with multilingual writers, incorporating the digital into the classroom, and engaging complexity throughout the semester. More information is sent via email prior to the start of the semester. If you’d like to propose a potential discussion for the retreat, please contact Caitlin Larracey, larracey@udel.edu.

Brown-bag Discussions on Teaching Writing
While a great deal of informal conversation about teaching occurs with officemates and others in the lounge, we also recognize the value of bringing people together to talk about recurring questions or issues of concern as well as to engage recent findings and scholarship in writing studies and professional writing. Faculty, instructors, and graduate students gather together two to three times a semester for informal conversation around a variety of topics relevant to  teaching writing. Previous topics have included: engaging quiet students, teaching students to use source material, getting involved with professional writing, the benefits and challenges of designing course objectives, and motivating students to revise. Writing Program instructors are notified about the sessions via email, and information is also posted on the One Hundred Ten site.

Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL)
Throughout the year, both during the semester and the breaks, CTAL hosts exceptional opportunities for growing and reflecting on your syllabus. The First Friday Roundtables open up discussion on classroom community, context and feedback, and effective grading. The Teaching and Learning Conversations engage a range of topics, such as “handling hot topics in the classroom” and practicing inclusive teaching. See this semester’s offerings here and also explore their services, grants and awards, and blog.

Center for the Study of Diversity
The Center has amazing scholars, resources, and events that ask us to “facilitate dialogues about and understanding of the social and academic impact of diversity.” Brown Bags and events, expert speakers, published and public scholarship, and grants enable faculty to prioritize diversity in our classrooms and educational institutions.

IT Academic Technology Services (IT-ATS)
IT-ATS works with faculty specifically on the use of technology in teaching and learning. Through the semi-annual Faculty Institutes, instruction in UD Capture, clickers, learning management systems (including Canvas if you’re thinking of making the switch), and and many more services, ATS can be instrumental to broadening your use of technology in the classroom and deepening your understanding of the existing technologies you and your students employ.

 

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