About | Faculty Teaching Excellence Program | University of Colorado at Boulder

 

FTEP About the Program

I. Overview

II. Faculty Teaching Excellence Program Mission

III. History and Philosophy

IV. Faculty Served and Faculty Partners

V. Campus Community Partners and Teaching With Technology Tools

VI. CU Boulder’s Scholarship on Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

VII. Future direction of FTEP: A New Vision for Teaching and Learning

 

I. Overview

Dr. Mary Ann Shea, founding director of both the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program (serving the CU Boulder campus) and the President’s Teaching Scholars Program (a CU system initiative) uses her skills in leadership, professional development of faculty, and current teaching to meet the ever-changing needs of faculty throughout the arc of their careers of disciplinary scholarship. Dr. Shea supports faculty reflection on and inquiry into the bridging of teaching and research on pedagogy and learning. With a minimal staff of one program assistant and one student assistant, Dr. Shea builds relationships and campus partnerships to support multiple dimensions of faculty development. (For more information see the FTEP Program Review and Report for Internal and External Readers: Sections VI and VII.)

The New Assistant Professor Program (NAPP), is one example of the many programs that Dr. Shea has initiated that addresses both career trajectories and contemporary challenges of faculty. NAPP was developed in 2013 with the assistance and collaboration of deans across three different colleges to support new faculty as they transition to their tenure-track positions at CU Boulder. Similarly, the Assessment Institute reflects the recent shift in higher education away from pedagogy alone to embrace engaged student learning, and encourages faculty to assess student learning in order to re-design and facilitate course transformation. (See FTEP Report: Section V for a complete list of FTEP’s program offerings and menu of services.)

Since 1986 FTEP has employed methodologically rigorous, evidence-based research to improve teaching and learning on the Boulder campus. FTEP has and continues to base all operations and development on seminal research in learning and teaching, both drawing from and contributing to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (See FTEP Report: Section IX.) FTEP’s program offerings, including Memos to Faculty and the Summer Institute for Increasing Student Engagement and Improving Learning with Technology, reflect FTEP’s commitment to increasing inquiry, dialogue, and institutional change in support of the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Shea extends this dialogue to the CU system through her oversight of the President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative (the University of Colorado’s scholarship of teaching and learning), a program that was endorsed by the former Carnegie Advancement for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Interdisciplinary by its very nature, the work of FTEP complements that of several other programs at CU Boulder. FTEP is unique, however, by offering institutes, workshops, and public presentations on teaching and learning that vary in audience by rank and expertise. For example, the Early Career Program targets faculty in years 1 through 6, the Symposia on Teaching and Learning is continually exposing faculty to cutting-edge advances in learning such as MOOCs, and the Individual Services to Faculty not only caters to their unique needs but also provides an opportunity for faculty to engage in dialogue confidentially and privately. (See FTEP Report: Section V.4 for our complete list of individual services.)  FTEP programs recruit the best and most capable CU faculty to serve as peer mentors for their fellow instructors—a model so successful that it has been exported nationally.

 



II. Faculty Teaching Excellence Program Mission

The Faculty Teaching Excellence Program engages traditional and evolving scholarship of teaching and learning in order to strategically support the University of Colorado Boulder faculty in creating and redesigning the most effective classroom practices to facilitate student learning. We believe the development of disciplinary scholarship* is cultivated through research-based teaching practices offered through FTEP. It is our mission to support faculty reflection on and inquiry into the bridging of teaching and research on pedagogy and learning. This includes faculty’s own research and scholarly inquiry into learning issues that arise in their courses, further contributing to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

*We take scholarship to encompass the wide range of intellectual activities a scholar engages in addition to research.


III. History and Philosophy

Research to establish a teaching excellence program at CU Boulder began in 1984 under the auspices of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. The August 1989 Campus Strategic Plan, iterated in 1996, stressed the importance of providing “an exceptional undergraduate educational experience if the Boulder campus is to realize its aim of becoming one of the top ten AAU public institutions in the nation.” The value of engaged student learning continues to be a priority for the Boulder campus. The most recent vision for the campus, the Flagship 2030 Strategic Plan, see CU Boulder as having “a unique opportunity to serve Colorado and enhance the well-being of humankind through excellence in teaching, research, creative work, and service.” With specific regard to Boulder’s Flagship 2030 Strategic Plan, FTEP’s efforts in assisting faculty and instructors in all ranks strengthen faculty student learning environments, innovate course curriculum, and thereby help retain our faculty and undergraduate and graduate students.

Since 1986, the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program has reported the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs: for twelve years FTEP reported to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education and then to the Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs. The Program’s constituents include 3300 tenure-line and non-tenure-line faculty. FTEP continues to foster a culture of teaching by helping those faculty who voluntarily, and frequently confidentially, seek assistance in teaching well.

Philosophy

FTEP is founded on the principles that there is no one right way to teach, that teaching and learning are reciprocal processes, and that these processes vary with the epistemologies of the disciplines and with the faculty members’ own styles of interacting with students. The program promotes the view that good teaching is rarely innate but is rather a learned skill. To reach its goal, FTEP uses a corps tenured faculty who are willing to help faculty colleagues reflect on teaching.  Drawing on the assumption that faculty learn best from one another, the program invites faculty from the Boulder campus whose teaching excellence has been recognized by peers and students, and who are respected in scholarship, research, and creative work to become Faculty Associates of the Program as well as presenters in the various public activities. FTEP faculty associates represent a diverse and interdisciplinary cross-section of CU Boulder. Institutionally, FTEP’s corps of faculty presenters are part of a growing campus culture that reaffirms the centrality of the University’s educational mission.


IV. Faculty Served and Faculty Partners

FTEP was founded in 1986 on the principle that faculty learn best from one another. To that end we not only recognize the diversity of faculty that we serve but also the faculty that participate through leading our symposia and workshops, provide mentorships, and advise the program. Participation in our symposia and short course offerings span 73 different programs and departments. For a list of participating faculty numbers, see Appendix C.

FTEP Program Faculty Associates

  • Kirk Ambrose, Associate Professor of Art & Art History
  • Nichole Barger, Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Stephanie V. Chasteen, Research Associate, Physics
  • Sona Dimidjian, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Katherine Eggert, Associate Professor of English
  • Michael Eisenberg, President's Teaching Scholar, Professor of Computer Science
  • Jennifer Fitzgerald, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Deborah Haynes, Professor of Art & Art History
  • Jean Hertzberg, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Leslie Irvine, Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Chris Leach, Senior Associate Dean, Leeds School of Business
  • Rebecca Maloy, Associate Professor, College of Music Stefanie Mollborn, Associate Professor of Sociology
    • FTEP consultant for program evaluation 
  • James Symons, President’s Teaching Scholar, Professor of Theatre and Dance
  • Cindy White, Associate Professor of Communication
  • Anna Spain Bradley,  Associate Professor of Law, School of Law
  • Clayton Lewis, Professor of Computer Science, President's Teaching Scholar
  • Anne Heinz, Dean of Continuing Education & Vice Provost for Summer Session, Outreach and Engagement
  • Stephanie Mollborn, Associate Professor of Sociology FTEP consultant for program evaluation
  • Ramiro Montealegre, Leeds School of Business
  • Nathalie Moyen, Leeds School of Business

 

FTEP Early Career Faculty Directors

Science

Professor Nichole Barger

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

 

Arts and Humanities 
Associate Professor Kirk Ambrose

Art and Art History


Social Sciences 
Professor Jennifer Fitzgerald 
Political Science

Music
Associate Professor Rebecca Maloy
College of Music

Business

Senior Associate Dean Chris Leach

Leeds School of Business


Advisory Board

  • Brian Argrow, President’s Teaching Scholar, Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences
  • Penny Axelrad, Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences
  • Bert Covert, Professor of Anthropology
  • John Cumalat, Professor and Chair of Physics
  • Beth Dusinberre, President's Teaching Scholar, Chair of Classics
  • Anne Heinz, Dean of Continuing Education and Vice Provost for Summer Session, Outreach and Engageme
  • Mary Kraus, Professor of Geological Sciences
  • William Kuskin, Associate Vice Provost for Education Innovation
  • Clayton Lewis, President’s Teaching Scholar, Professor of Computer Science
  • Stefanie Mollborn, Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Steve Pollock, President’s Teaching Scholar, Professor of Physics
  • Laurialan Blake Reitzammer,  Associate Professor of Classics

 

Faculty Presenters for AY 2014 – 2015

 

  • Penina Axelrad, Professor of Aerospace Engineering
  • Stephanie V. Chasteen, Research Associate, Physics
  • Jeff Cox, Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs
  • Darna Dufour, Professor of Anthropology
  • Beth Dusinberre, Professor of Classics
  • John Falconer, Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
  • Noah Finkelstein, Professor of Physics
  • Jennifer Fitzgerald, Professor of Political Science
  • Elissa Guralnick, Professor of English
  • Frank Kim, Interim Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Mary Klages, Associate Professor of English
  • Michael Lightner, Professor and Chair of Electrical
  • Stefanie Mollborn, Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Chip Persons, Department of Theatre and Dance
  • Steve Pollock, President’s Teaching Scholar, Professor of Physics
  • Lee Potts, Professor of Theatre and Dance
  • Meg Rowland, FCQ Coordinator, Department of Planning
  • Anna Spain,  Associate Professor of Law, School of Law
  • Cindy White, Department of Communication
  • Phoebe Young, Associate Professor of History

 

V. Campus Community Partners and Teaching With Technology Tools

Campus Community Partners

FTEP embraces the view that the scholarship of teaching and learning is informed by a diverse group of community partners across the CU Boulder’s campus. We strive to cultivate and highly value the relationships we have with other departments and institutions at CU Boulder. These include:

Anderson Language and Technology Center (ALTEC): http://altec.colorado.edu/

Arts & Sciences Support of Education Through Technology (ASSETT): http://assett.colorado.edu/

Center for STEM Learning (CSL): http://www.colorado.edu/csl/

Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies: http://conted.colorado.edu

Graduate Teaching Program (GTP): http://www.colorado.edu/gtp/

Leadership Education for Advancement and Promotion Program (LEAP): https://facultyaffairs.colorado.edu/leap/

Office of Information Technology (OIT): http://www.colorado.edu/oit/

Physics Education Research Group (PER): http://www.colorado.edu/physics/EducationIssues/

Teaching With Technology Tools

Teaching & Learning Tools Navigator: www.colorado.edu/oit/navigator

Mediasite classroom capture: www.colorado.edu/oit/classroom-capture

Desire2Learn online learning: www.colorado.edu/oit/d2l

Stand-Alone and D2L Integrated Services

    VoiceThread video voice & text commenting: www.colorado.edu/oit/voicethread

    Kaltura rich media streaming: www.colorado.edu/oit/kaltura

iClickers (CU Clickers): www.colorado.edu/oit/google

Qualtrics surveys: www.colorado.edu/oit/qualtrics

Google Apps: www.colorado.edu/oit/google

iTunesU educational multimedia content: www.colorado.edu/oit/itunesu

VI. CU Boulder’s Scholarship on Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

FTEP prides itself on continually engaging with and contributing to the Scholarship on Teaching and Learning (SoTL). SoTL is known for its methodologically rigorous, educationally relevant, and evidence-based research about student learning in higher education. FTEP encourages faculty to facilitate interdisciplinary conversation and engagement centered on teaching and learning as well to conduct their own research on issues of learning. FTEP fosters both the integration of SoTL across disciplines as well as the publication and dissemination of faculty research in peer reviewed journals on discipline specific pedagogy thereby improving both pedagogical expertise and disciplinary expertise.

FTEP encourages CU Boulder faculty to participate in the system-wide dialogue on SoTL known as the President's Teaching and Learning Collaborative (PTLC): Scholarship of Teaching & Learning. The best teaching scholars, who excel in effective and exemplary teaching, creative work, scholarship, and research, receive the honor of becoming President's Teaching Scholars.

President's Teaching and Learning Collaborative (PTLC): http://www.colorado.edu/ptsp/ptlc/index.html

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning


PTLC was established in 2006. It offers faculty from all University of Colorado campuses an opportunity for professional development and the experience and intellectual practice of work in two scholarly endeavors: teaching and research. The PTLC seeks to promote the practice of inquiry in teaching and measuring student learning. The Collaborative assists University faculty in developing scholarly research projects on teaching and learning intended for refereed publication.

This program is modeled on and sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and is now in the eighth year of its participation. The goals of the collaborative are to: include fostering inquiry and leadership for the improvement of student learning, develop and synthesize knowledge about learning and teaching, and promote institutional change in support of the scholarship of teaching and learning. The President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative is an extension of work begun as an institutional participant in the Campus Program of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), 2006-2013.

President’s Teaching Scholars Program (PTSP): http://www.colorado.edu/ptsp/


Established in 1989 as a presidential initiative, the President's Teaching Scholars Program endorses excellence in teaching by honoring faculty throughout the university who excel and embody teaching, scholarship, creative work and research with excellence in all. The President's Teaching Scholars are chosen from the four CU campuses, not only for their skill in their own classrooms, but also for their potential to improve education and enlarge its possibilities across the university. They currently represent 35 disciplines across the four campuses. Serving as ambassadors for the integration of teaching with research, the Teaching Scholars develop individual, departmental, campus and system-wide projects, including mentoring that cultivate exemplary teaching and engaged learning.

FTEP invites the President’s Teaching Scholars at CU Boulder to share their expertise with the CU Boulder faculty by becoming FTEP faculty associates, serving on the FTEP advisory board, and presenting their research to the CU Boulder community.

CU Boulder President’s Teaching Scholars

 

  • Brian Argrow, Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences
  • Daniel Barth, Professor of Psychology
  • Martin Bickman, Professor of English
  • Lee Chambers, Professor of History
  • Diane Conlin, Professor of Classics
  • Alexander Cruz, Museum Associate Curator, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • James Curry, Professor of Applied Mathematics
  • Scot Douglass, Associate Professor of Engineering Honors Program
  • Beth Dusinberre, Professor of Classics
  • Michael Eisenberg, Professor of Computer Science
  • John Falconer, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Noah Finkelstein, Professor of Physics
  • Michael Grant, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • David Klaus, Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences
  • Clayton Lewis, Professor of Computer Science
  • Helen Norton, Professor of Law
  • Steven Pollock, Professor of Physics
  • James Symons, Professor Emeritus of Theatre and Dance
  • Harihar Rajaram, Professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
  • Ed Rivers, Professor of English
  • Harvey Segur, Professor of Applied Mathematics
  • J. Michael Shull, Professor of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences
  • Diane Sieber, Professor in Herbst Program of Humanities in Engineering
  • Eric Stade, Professor of Mathematics
  • Linda Watkins, Professor of Psychology
  • Marianne Wesson, Professor of Law

 

VII. Future direction of FTEP: A New Vision for Teaching and Learning


The Flagship 2030 report states, “by understanding how students learn best-and adjusting our teaching methods accordingly-we can move forward...” For nearly thirty years the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program has sought out evidence-based research on teaching and learning and provided the CU Boulder faculty with tools and resources to develop great learning opportunities for CU Boulder students. Over this time we have evolved and embraced new forms of technology, new campus  partnerships, and new visions for successful teaching and learning. Our goal is to continue to be a leader in evidence-based teaching and learning at CU Boulder. 

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning continues to evolve as new research on learning investigates the demands and realities of the 21st century. FTEP has continued to critique, embrace, and improve on SoTL to develop multiple perspectives to help inform classroom learning. Our position has been and continues to be that there is no one right way to teach. We value diversity of both people and discipline in order to promote pluralism in the classroom. We are committed to ensuring that students receive the best learning experiences possible. FTEP believes faculty, students, and the university itself, are best served when teachers engage in scholarly teaching. FTEP will continue to promote teaching and learning as scholarly activity to be valued at CU Boulder as well as foster significant, and long-lasting learning. FTEP not only encourages, but also provides resources and tools for faculty to assess the evidence of their student learning. This allows FTEP to continually challenge faculty regarding how they assess changes in student learning in the face of changing course instruction.

 

FTEP will continue to support faculty’s engagement of learners in their courses while recognizing that successful faculty and student learning is networked and interwoven with multiple departments across campus. Drawing on the strength of our campus partnerships, we further enhance our national reputation as a University that values teaching and learning as well as promotes both faculty and student success.

 

 

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