Professional Development

The Center for Teaching and Learning offers two types of professional development annually:

 

  • REAL Week (Relating, Experiencing, Applying, Learning) is a five day professional development event held in the fall prior to the start of classes. Through a fall contract extension, members of the Maryville faculty are compensated for the time they spend on professional development during REAL week (taking place prior to the start of fall semester). REAL week is hosted by Maryville’s Finch Center for Teaching and Learning.
  • Perspectives is a continuing education model of professional development at Maryville University. Through a spring contract extension, members of the Maryville faculty are compensated for the time they spend on professional development throughout the year and during Perspectives week (taking place in the spring after the semester concludes). There are many options on the Perspectives calendar, including group work, workshops, lectures, and presentations. Perspectives is hosted by Maryville’s Finch Center for Teaching and Learning and the Faculty Development Committee.

CTL Professional Development Mission:

We wish to offer Maryville faculty the opportunity to undertake professional development relevant to their disciplines and their teaching, to give faculty the venue for working across disciplines, and to provide the outlet for faculty to improve their teaching and, thus, the student experience at Maryville University.

The Center for Teaching and Learning promises to provide current, valuable, excellent programming and incorporate any and all suggestions from faculty where possible. Our goal as a center is to provide a time and outlet for Maryville faculty to think about their current teaching and explore new ways of engaging with one another and with students.

Self Recording:

Faculty are asked to self record any and all professional development participation during the year on the annual AFAR. When using OrgSync to RSVP to events, these events are stored in the OrgSync portfolio and can be easily exported to one’s AFAR or personal portfolio.

Shared Calendar:

Currently we are utilizing the OrgSync calendar for our events. This calendar can be accessed by scrolling to the bottom of our home page and through the upcoming events page. Click here for more detailed instructions on using the calendar.

Recommendation for Faculty:

We recommend a total of 10 hours of PD during REAL week in the fall and 10-12 hours of participation in Perspectives events.

In regards to Perspectives development, faculty may can choose to:

  • Spread Perspectives development out during the year and during Perspectives week
  • Participate in Perspectives week only
  • Or participate in Perspectives events throughout the year

Your choice!

Can my event/group/idea be considered a “Perspectives Event?”

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides programming that will automatically be considered “Perspectives Events,” meaning that this programming is a part of the development for which faculty are compensated.

While the CTL provides Perspectives programming, your ideas and input can be added to the Perspectives calendar if your event/group/idea follows the Perspectives guidelines.

Below are some guidelines describing a type of event/group that would fall into the Perspectives category. If you are participating in such an event/group, please contact the CTL. We would like to spread the word about it to others and include it on our shared faculty calendar.

Perspectives Guidelines

The event/group/idea:

  • Should be focused on teaching, and ideas that can be incorporated into teaching.
  • Should not be discipline specific unless it can apply to other subjects.
  • Should be open to all faculty at Maryville (not a closed, exclusive group)
  • Is encouraged to focus on the development process of the topic and its participants
  • Participants of the group are willing to share research, theories, and processes from their event/group during Perspectives week in the spring, or REAL week in the fall.

Can my event/group/idea be considered a REAL week topic?

We would love to listen to your session topic idea and incorporate it into REAL week scheduling. Share your idea with us and let us know if you are interested in facilitating a session on this topic.

The Value of the professional development we offer:

  • Fosters community by engaging faculty to communicate with one another on different levels and to contribute their ideas and talents in the process
  • Allows specific time for faculty to focus on their teaching
  • Encourages faculty to make goals for themselves, their courses, their students, and their departments
  • Ensures professional standards are maintained and/or enhanced

Who should participate in REAL and Perspectives?

Anyone involved in the Maryville community who wishes to improve community, broaden understanding and scope of teaching, and those who have been compensated specifically for time spent toward professional development.

Please contact us with any questions:

Jesse Kavadlo, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning: jkavadlo@maryville.edu

Laura Ross, Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning: lross@maryville.edu