New Faculty Orientation
This full-day program includes sessions designed to frame who we are as faculty, what we aspire toward, what it means to be a teacher/scholar, the diversity of our students and how faculty are involved on campus.
Course Design & Pedagogy Workshop
Designed for those with fewer than two years of teaching experience or those who have never been introduced to the principles of pedagogy, this three-day workshop helps incoming faculty members thoughtfully prepare for their upcoming classes. Topics include syllabus creation, classroom management, development and assessment of learning objectives, and an introduction to the elements of good teaching.
New Faculty Pedagogy Series
Designed to assist and support new faculty as they adjust to their first year at Bucknell, this series introduces a broad variety of research-based teaching topics as well as aspects of the Bucknell environment such as teaching evaluations, student culture and grading philosophies. These weekly lunch meetings also allow new faculty to maintain social contact with others in their cohort.
Friday Learning Series
This weekly luncheon pedagogy program is open to all faculty, and to staff who either have direct instructional responsibility or work within the Student Affairs division. The presentations are short and designed to fit an already busy schedule while providing an opportunity to keep in touch with other members of the faculty.
New(ish) Faculty Learning Series
This weekly luncheon discussion group provides a safe space for second to fourth year faculty to discuss key aspects of their careers, deepen their teaching skills and broaden their institutional knowledge. Because some may choose to attend for multiple years, the content changes annually, on a three-year cycle.
Learning Communities are small and diverse groups of faculty and staff members who meet on a regular basis to discuss campus or divisional issues and opportunities related to a specific theme.
The Teaching & Learning Center hosts two May workshops for the College Core Curriculum:
- A two-day workshop on teaching Foundation Seminars
- A one-day workshop for those partnering to teach an Integrated Perspectives course
Teaching Circles bring together small groups of faculty (three or four members) to engage in semester-long extended discussions about their teaching. Members of each group share syllabi, look at classroom interactions, visit one another’s classes and exchange assignments, with the goal of significantly reviewing/revising key aspects of one of their courses.
Rather than expecting one mentor to be able to give good advice on all topics, faculty are encouraged to build relationships with people across campus who can then serve as formal or informal mentors in specific areas. The Teaching & Learning Center facilitates this relationship-building through reflective discussions about professional development, and through financial support for coffee and/or lunch for these "thinking partners."
The Teaching & Learning Center can serve as a sounding board for new or experienced faculty to discuss pedagogical ideas, research findings and best practices in teaching and learning. Staff members can also visit classes to help faculty focus on possible changes or dynamics in the classroom. All consultations are confidential, and are not used as part of the promotion and review process.
Faculty may refer students to the Teaching & Learning Center for help with developing effective learning approaches, time management skills and other academic success strategies. Classroom visitation by a student learning specialist is available on request.