By Rex Hieser
Much of the UW Colleges professional development activity is decentralized, so many smaller events occur on our campuses and at departmental meetings.
At an institutional level, we have quite a few activities including:
- UW Colleges Colloquium is a one-day event in the late spring. It is an opportunity for approximately 120 faculty, staff and administrators to engage in presentations and discussions, most of which focus on aspects of teaching. The overall theme this year was "Inspiration."
- For new faculty orientation, in addition to our initial orientation, we are planning to conduct follow-up institutional meetings for second year faculty members with an emphasis on dossier preparation for retention and tenure reviews.
- Our Chancellor's Teaching Fellow Program is a derivative of the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows/Scholars programs with successful applicants engaged in similar, but somewhat smaller projects.
- We are using the results of the Equity Scorecard to inform faculty and staff members. Interim Provost Greg Lampe and other staff are traveling to each of the 13 campuses, presenting campus results, and beginning structured conversations about access, retention, excellence and institutional receptivity, and the ways that race affects our attainment and understanding of each of these perspectives.
- We are investing more funds in Summer Research Grants, some of which have a SOTL focus.
- We have shifted the focus of our Grants to Increase Student Engagement program to more directly relate to professional development activities.
- A primary focus of our Adult Student Initiative is using accelerated courses with limited face-to-face class time and significant online components. We are devoting significant funds and staff time to supporting and training faculty and staff in use of D2L in support of these and other courses.