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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.)

  • Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Dr. Mary Anne Hannibal, Director
    Stouffer Hall, Room 137
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-7800
  • Fax: 724-357-2281