Reflective Practice Executive Summary for 2000-01

Codirectors: Mary Ann Cessna, Dir. Center for Teaching Excellence, John Woolcock, Chemistry, Laurel Black, English, Terry Ray, Finance and Legal Studies, Diane Klein, Special Education and Clinical Services

  • 110 faculty members in 97 percent of forty departments and all six academic colleges
  • Two Student Affairs professionals

Fourteen Cross-Disciplinary Teaching Circles

  • Developing Portfolios for Promotion
  • Reflective Practice Portfolio
  • Grant Writing
  • Digital Teaching Portfolios
  • Information Literacy
  • Using Technology and Web CT in Classes
  • Service Learning
  • Critical Thinking with an Focus on Changing Cultural Environment
  • Student Retention (Punxsutawney Campus)
  • Classroom Techniques for Collaborative/Interactive Learning
  • Course Portfolios for Studio Courses
  • Classroom Management
  • Gender Studies in the Classroom
  • Faculty Forum (Armstrong Campus)

Ten Departmental Teaching Circles

  • Chemistry (two circles)
    • General Chemistry
    • College Chemistry
  • Criminology
  • English (Eat and Talk)
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Nursing and Allied Health Professions (2 circles)
    • Service Learning in Nursing
    • Classroom Teaching
  • Physics
  • Special Education and Clinical Services
  • Technology Support and Training

Workshops and Conferences

September 23, 2000

65 participants

Designing and Using Rubrics to Assess Student Learning by Dr. Rosemary Radzievich

March 15-17, 2001

18 faculty attendees, mostly RP members

Tenth Annual Conference for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning (State College, PA)

March 31, 2001

25 participants

Develop Your Own Rubric—Guaranteed: A Hands-on Workshopby Drs. Christine Kesner and Diane Klein

RP Large Group Meetings

August 24, 2000

Organizational Meeting #1
Co-directors: Drs. Mary Ann Cessna, Laurel Black, Diane Klein, John Woolcock, and Terry Ray

August 31, 2000

Organizational Meeting #2—Teaching Circle Commitments

October 5, 2000

Helping Hard-to-Reach Students
Drs. Carmy Carranza & Sally Lipsky, Learning Center

November 2, 2000

Effective Assessment Strategies
Dr. Diane Klein, Special Education and Clinical Services

December 7, 2000

Constructivist Teaching at the Post-Secondary Level
Dr. Tom Lord, Biology

February 1, 2001

Conferencing with Your Students
Dr. Laurel Black, English

March 1, 2001

Working with Your Students as Research Partners
Dr. Devki Talwar, Physics

April 5, 2001

Evaluation, RP Portfolio and Planning for 2001-2002
Dr. John Woolcock, Chemistry

May 3, 2001

Annual Recognition Banquet

Scholarly Outreach

RP Group was one of eight national case study sites selected in J.F. Wergin and J.N. Swingen's monograph Departmental Assessment: How Some Campuses Are Effectively Evaluating the Collective Work of Faculty, American Association for Higher Education, 2000.

RP Group was one of three case study sites selected by Charles Walker, St. Bonaventure University, for participation in a grant funded by the American Association for Higher Education to study Faculty Vitality and Well-Being.

January 18, 2001 J. Roth, M. A. Cessna, J. Davis and V. Lee, The Student Learning Outcomes Initiative, Making Student Learning Central: Principles and Practices, Association of American Colleges and Universities, New Orleans, LA.

Carnegie Teaching Academy Campus Conversations Phase 2, Five departments participated: Chemistry, Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Special Education and Clinical Services, Technology Support and Training, and Theater and Dance