At IUP, there are two main
categories of Teaching Circles: Cross-Disciplinary and Department.
A Cross-Disciplinary Teaching Circle (CTC) draws on the varied
knowledge, methodology, and pedagogy of colleagues across campus to relieve
isolation and accomplish goals personally important to its members.
Teaching Circle (DTC) is usually formed around areas of pedagogical interest
within a discipline. A DTC might be a
group of instructors teaching different sections of the same course. This offers a natural opportunity to conduct
classroom research that can improve learning in the course as well as lead to
scholarly publications and presentations.
Either type of Teaching Circle might have a peer-mentor. This peer-mentor acts as the group expert and
provides the voice of experience or guides the group as it works on the
goals they have selected.