News and Announcements
Fall 2013 News and Announcements
Faculty Academic Portfolio Workshop
The DCAE is accepting applications for the Winter 2014 Faculty Academic Portfolios, a 4-week program that partners faculty with veteran mentors to assist with the creation of an academic portfolio. Faculty interested in the program must fill out an application by November 26th. Prior to the winter break, faculty will be notified if they have been accepted and receive their supplemental reading materials to begin drafting their portfolio. Please e-mail Allison Keene at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding this program.
New Faculty Orientation 2013
On September 3 and 4, 2013, the Drexel Center for Academic Excellence (DCAE) hosted a university-wide New Faculty Orientation with over 130 faculty members in attendance over the course of the event, an attendance increase of over 25% from the 2012 orientation. With over 30 presenters from across the university on hand, new faculty members were able to learn about important Drexel resources and policies, along with participating in facilitated discussions on best practices in teaching, research and scholarship with veteran faculty members, including DCAE fellows. The event was well-received and the Center’s staff looks forward to working with each new faculty member during the academic year.
Introduction of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
One of the DCAE’s initiatives for the upcoming academic year, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), also began to take shape this summer. Communications between Center staff and two acclaimed professors across the country resulted in plans to bring both high-profile scholars to campus. Elon University’s Peter Felten, PhD, currently serving as the Assistant Provost, Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor in the Department of History, will kick-off the SOTL initiative by providing an introduction to SOTL at the DCAE’s year-opening workshop on October 25th. The University of Michigan’s Brian Coppola, PhD, Professor of Chemistry, Associate Chair for Educational Development and Practice and recent recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, will serve as the keynote speaker at the Second Annual Showcase of Teaching on April 15, 2014, which celebrates the innovative teaching and learning practices many of Drexel’s professors engage in on a daily basis. During the visits of both experts they will also be meeting with smaller groups of interested faculty and administrators.
Faculty Learning Communities for 2013-2014
After a successful inaugural year and a blind-review process earlier in the summer, the DCAE is poised once again to sponsor three topics for the upcoming academic year’s Faculty Learning Community (FLC) initiative, revolving around the topics of online teaching and learning, writing instruction and mentoring international faculty. All faculty will receive notice of the initiative via e-mail, including a description of each community and application instructions.
Summer 2013 News and Announcements
New Faculty Orientation and 2013-2014 Academic Year Workshop Series
The DCAE is currently planning its 2013-2014 workshop calendar, along with New Faculty Orientation, which will take place on September 3 and 4, 2013. More information about orientation and our upcoming workshop series will be available in August 2013.