President Bruce Benson is soliciting nominations from tenured University of Colorado faculty for the 2017 President’s Teaching Scholars Program (PTSP). Lifetime appointment as a CU President’s Teaching Scholar constitutes the university’s highest recognition of excellence in, and active commitment to, learning, scholarly teaching and research and creative work. The PTSP designation is membership in an active society of scholars and teachers involved in collaboration with faculty colleagues and faculty peers in departments, schools and colleges. With regard to teaching excellence, particular attention should be given to the element of craftsmanship: the art of teaching independent of the tools (i.e. technology, methods and programs). As in other disciplines, craftsmanship is reflected in distinct mastery, virtuosity, expertise and quality.
In addition to excellence in teaching, the PTSP recognition includes substantial contributions to scholarly work in one’s discipline or, in the case of a non-senior scholar, indicates path-breaking contributions to his/her field. Chancellors, deans, departments and other faculty nominators are encouraged to nominate candidates for this designation and commitment. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
All tenured faculty members who have been employed at CU for at least five consecutive years and who have received a teaching award at the University of Colorado are eligible to be nominated. In addition, Clinical Teaching Track (CTT) faculty members who hold the rank of professor or associate professor are eligible to be nominated, as are tenured and tenure-eligible faculty members in the CU School of Medicine who hold the rank of professor or associate professor.
Becoming a President’s Teaching Scholar means extending high priority to the program and being engaged. The Selection Committee will evaluate applications based on past achievements, a broad perspective, engagement in education and furthering the goals of the President’s Teaching Scholars Program.
The deadline for applications is Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.
Members of the President’s Teaching Scholars are faculty from all campuses chosen not only for skill in their own teaching and excellence in research, but also for their promise of improving education for students and enlarging educational possibilities across the university. Designees to the program become part of a participatory, service-oriented and collegial community. Those appointed as President's Teaching Scholars will receive a $3,000 stipend for each of the first two years, a one-time teaching development fund of $2,000, and an additional $2,000 to her or his base salary beginning third year.
Nominees must be teaching on their campus in the spring 2017 semester, i.e., teaching as the sole faculty of record of the course they've chosen for observation during January and February 2017, except in the case of CU Anschutz Medical Campus where some teaching is accomplished on a different calendar than the other campuses.
The evaluation process assumes that nominees can be observed when teaching on their campus during January and February 2017. If a CU Anschutz Medical Campus nominee will not be teaching at that time, the dossier may be accepted and, if the nominee is selected for teaching observation, the final decision on the application will be deferred until January 2018 to allow time for the teaching observation. CU Anschutz Medical Campus nominees who cannot be observed during calendar year 2017 are not eligible for consideration.
An important part of the PTSP nomination is the observation by members of the Selection Committee, followed by a conversation with the nominee. Normally these observations are conducted in January or February (please read below). Rarely, a nominee’s teaching schedule does not permit observation at those times. In such a case, action on a nomination will be deferred as needed to allow for the observation to be conducted, with the nomination being considered among the next annual group of nominations.
Individuals selected will have the following attributes, evidence for which will be shown in detail in the dossier:
The appointment expects and presumes collegiality and active engagement with Teaching Scholar colleagues at retreats, in projects focused on teaching and learning developed individually and collectively, in stimulating discussion, innovation and assessment of learning, and in critical reflection on teaching and student learning. If designated, nominees commit to spending time with Teaching Scholar peers, for example, at the annual fall and spring retreats and the PTSP Annual Conference for all faculty. Other commitments include service and committee work and leadership activities on one’s campus with and for peer faculty.
Dossiers should be created with this specific designation in mind. Dossiers must be no more than 45 pages in length. In addition to the 45 pages, please include a current Curriculum Vita and the FCQ summaries for the past five years of teaching at the University of Colorado. Please submit six copies of the dossier in bound or loose-leaf notebook format. The dossiers will not be returned; nominators should keep the original.
All copies of dossiers must include a table of contents and matching tabs for each section. Nominators should work with the nominee in requesting detailed current (dated 2016) letters from faculty peers and students, both current and former, in support of the candidate. In case a nominee’s career, teaching experiences, and/or scholarship are nontraditional, nominators should describe those characteristics in detail in the letter of nomination.
Dossiers must include, in the following order:
Nominators and nominees must adhere to the instructions for compiling the dossier. The most thoughtful presentation of the dossier will consist of scrupulous adherence to the stated criteria. A system-wide committee composed of Teaching Scholars will select up to three new President’s Teaching Scholars: 2017.
President’s Teaching Scholars’ Research Projects—Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL)
What kind of work does this program support? The central work of President’s Teaching Scholars is to create and disseminate examples of the scholarship of teaching and learning that contribute to thought and practice in and across fields and disciplines. To this end, each scholar designs and undertakes a project/investigation aimed at deepening understanding of and practice related to an important issue in students’ innovative learning. Several features for projects must be kept in mind:
Following are the policies and procedures followed by the Selection Committee:
Any committee member having a personal or professional relation with a nominee must recuse himself/herself from discussing or ranking that dossier. Examples: nominee is in the same department, or has been a committee member who previously served on an awards committee where the nominee was a candidate.
Questions that guide discussion and decision
Unsuccessful candidates are informed by a letter of regret from the director and successful candidates by a letter of congratulations from the president.
We ask each new member to begin in the program by participating in the annual fall retreat, presenting at the PTSP sponsored spring conference on teaching and learning or spring retreat, and attending a tea to honor the new members by invitation of the president.
At the time of selection and upon designation, each candidate offers a Teaching Scholar Project. For project descriptions, visit www.colorado.edu/ptsp. During the first two years, the faculty will explore, redevelop and finalize the research plan described in his/her project. At the first fall retreat after a Teaching Scholar’s appointment, he/she will present the proposal for a Teaching Scholar Project for discussion and critique by the assembled group of scholars. The following spring, the Teaching Scholar will be asked to participate in the PTSP President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative (PTLC) for further development on how best to pursue the project in preparation for publication. The following summer, the project should be finalized and submitted to a peer-reviewed journal or another publication in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Scholars will report their project to their department colleagues, at local venues, and at conferences both nationally and internationally.
The president’s office offers a budget, supported in part by each campus provost, for a research project in the teaching and learning collaborative.
President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative (PTLC) was established in 2006. It offers faculty from all campuses an opportunity for professional development and the experience and intellectual practice in two scholarly endeavors: teaching and research. The PTLC (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) 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.
Mentoring assistant professor colleagues: One of the important and rewarding duties of President’s Teaching Scholars is mentoring junior faculty. Teaching Scholars will be asked to mentor an assistant professor in teaching, integrating research in teaching and in career issues. They may mentor a junior colleague in his/her own department or in another. If a Teaching Scholar is not mentoring a colleague in his/her department or a related discipline, each campus's teaching center will work with the dean of the Teaching Scholar’s college to pair the Teaching Scholar with a colleague from another department.