Three UW-Richland faculty members are among those engaged in the University of Wisconsin System Faculty College, which this year for the 14th time brought about 100 UW faculty to the Richland Center UW campus. The focus for the May 28-31 program is effective and innovative teaching to enhance student learning.
Dr. Karen McLeer, UW-Richland associate professor of English, one of the participants said, “Faculty College is important to me for two reasons. First, I have a chance to talk about teaching with colleagues from around the state. This program is unique to the UW System which means that we really value our role as teachers above all other aspects of our profession. I am also able to ‘jump-start’ my thinking about how I teach and why so that my next revisions of my courses will, hopefully, be even more effective.”
McLeer, the UW Colleges Wisconsin Teaching Scholar for 2013-2014, is pleased with the reaction of her UW faculty colleagues, many who were visiting UW-Richland for the first time. “Everyone says the same thing, ‘This is such a beautiful part of the state!’ I have been bragging to everyone that this is MY campus and I can tell there is just a little bit of envy. Even though the weather hasn't been ideal all week, folks are finding excuses to linger outside and take in the views.”
For Dr. Dennis Carpenter, UW-Richland associate professor of psychology, the greatest benefit is, he said, “that Faculty College allows me to step back, reflect on the semester that’s just ended to brainstorm approaches to teaching--and to consider how to use new ideas in future classes. I also pick up useful little gems—specific tips and techniques.”
Dr. Teresa Schueller, UW-Richland biology instructor, is enthusiastic about the benefits of engaging with teachers of disciplines, scholarship and campuses different from her own. “I’m learning answers to questions about teaching that I didn’t know existed.”
In addition to opportunities to learn by exchanging ideas with each other, faculty took part in workshops on topics such as effective teaching practices for online learning, decoding the disciplines to enhance student learning, introduction to and advanced methods for scholarly teaching and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
For more information about the program, contact site coordinator Jessica Laeseke in the UW-Richland Continuing Education Office by calling (608) 647-6186, Extension 227.