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News and Announcements

Spring 2014 News and Announcement

Proposal Window for 2014-2015 Faculty Learning Communities Open Through June 25

The Drexel Center for Academic Excellence would like to invite all Drexel faculty members to submit an application to facilitate a Faculty Learning Community for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The faculty learning community initiative began during the 2012-2013 academic year with the idea that faculty need a space to explore specific ideas or themes related to best practices in teaching and learning. Led by one or two faculty facilitators, groups consist of no more than 12 faculty members and provide participants with a supportive community of faculty representing multiple disciplines.  Once formed, these groups promote faculty research on the selected topic for implementation in the classroom and allow participants to share new approaches to teaching.

During the past two years of the initiative, faculty learning communities have centered on topics such as: online teaching and learning, best practices for writing instruction, teaching and learning best practices for international students and incorporating technology into the classroom.

If you would like to share your knowledge and experiences with other faculty as a facilitator, please visit our website for more information and a link to apply. The deadline to apply is June 25, 2014.

If you are not interested in facilitating a faculty learning community but would like to join a community as a participant, please look for an announcement in early September noting the selected topics, which will include an application link.

If you have any question, please contact us at or 215-895-4973.


Winter 2014 News and Announcement

Second Annual Scholarship of Teaching - April 15, 2014

Additional planning is currently underway for the Second Annual Showcase of Teaching. Building on the success of last year’s First Annual Showcase of Teaching, the DCAE asks you to save the date of April 15, 2014 for the second installment of this university-wide event, which will feature roundtable and poster sessions highlighting how Drexel professors and PhD students across all disciplines are shaping their students learning in the classroom. Additionally, the event will feature a keynote address by Brian Coppola, PhD from the University of Michigan. Dr. Coppola is a Professor of Chemistry, recent recipient of the Cherry Award for Great Teaching, advocate for science education and promoter of global higher education partnerships across continents.  More information on the proposal process will be available to faculty in January 2014.


DCAE Faculty Travel Funding in Action

The DCAE would also like to take this opportunity to announce that Kevin Egan, Assistant Director of the Honors College and DCAE Faculty Learning Community participant; Stephen Gambescia, Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions and DCAE Fellow; and Jonson Miller, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of History and Politics and DCAE fellow have been accepted to present at the 6th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, hosted by the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg in February 2014. Keunah Han, Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, was accepted to present her paper entitled “Academic Performance and Cultural Adaptation of South Korean students in the U.S.” at the 26th annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference hosted by the University of Las Vegas in February 2014. The DCAE is pleased to provide support to all four faculty members and congratulates each of them on their respective acceptances and dedication to teaching and learning scholarship. For more information on the DCAE's travel policy and faculty support, please visit the travel policy page.

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 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.