Faculty Development Opportunities
Roanoke College offers faculty development support for many aspects of the teaching-related work of faculty. Workshops are open to all faculty members.
Tewksbury-Style Course Development Workshops
In these workshops, faculty developing or revising a course are lead through a design process that starts with setting course-level learning outcomes, and then follows with assignments and course modules to support those outcomes. Faculty leave the multiday workshops with nearly complete course proposals.
Thursday Luncheon Series
Faculty development programs are held most Thursdays during the open lunch block. All faculty are welcome.
Pre-semester INQ Teaching Group Meetings
Faculty teaching in each of the INQ core courses meet prior to the start of each semester to discuss a variety of issues including learning outcomes, assessment results from prior semesters, and development opportunities.
The General Education Director coordinates periodic faculty development workshops on topics of interest to INQ faculty members. Ideas for new workshops are always welcome.
Would you like to read a book on some aspect of teaching and discuss it with other faculty members? Watch for announcements of the Faculty Development Book Club.
Faculty Staff Learning Community on Building Service-Learning into a Course
Service-learning (or community-based learning) puts learning in the context of the real world, helps students make direct connections between theory and practice, and promotes personal and interpersonal development. Furthermore, academic outcomes for courses incorporating service-learning include increased complexity of understanding of material, problem analysis, critical thinking, and cognitive development. This learning community will focus on helping faculty and staff build opportunities for service-learning into an existing course or new course. As a prompt for discussions, we will use the ongoing development of Dr. Dorothybelle Poli's course Biology 265: Plant Kingdom (yes, this can be done in the sciences!). Also, other faculty who currently use service-learning in their courses will share their experiences and help you integrate service-learning into your own course. If you'd like to be part of this learning community, contact Rich Grant by Sept 1.