Faculty Development Services

We invite all members of the Brandeis teaching community to take advantage of CTL services and programs as a piece of their own ongoing faculty development and an affirmation of our commitment to increasingly equitable and inclusive teaching/learning and research experiences that benefit students and society. Taking an intentional approach to the improvement of teaching can model effective learning practices for students, and it affirms our commitment to the pursuit of inclusive teaching, learning and research that benefit students and society.

These services are the result of an innovative collaboration among Brandeis faculty, staff and students that connects faculty development with our Core Values and The Framework for the Future.

Services and Programs

Coaching: CTL Scholars and staff offer confidential mentoring on teaching and career development. They maintain confidentiality as recommended in the POD Network Ethical Guidelines for faculty development. Your interactions with CTL Scholars and staff are not reported or shared. They are for formative purposes only, and are not connected to promotion or tenure review. If you wish, you may document your interactions as evidence of your own teaching development for later use in your promotion portfolio. Sign up to meet a coach, or contact CTL Office Manager wink@brandeis.edu, 781-736-TEACH (8322).

Consultations for Schools, Departments, Programs, Staff, Individuals: Available upon request, and tailored to your needs and interests. Contact Mary-Ann Winkelmes wink@brandeis.edu, 781-736-TEACH (8322).

Drop-in Consultations at the CTL and Online: All Brandeis teaching community members are welcome to drop in on our open consultation hours. Please join us online or in the CTL Front Office (Library, Farber level 2). See the Faculty Development Events Calendar for dates and times. You may also make an appointment for a consultation by contacting Mary-Ann Winkelmes wink@brandeis.edu, 781-736-TEACH (8322).

Course Design Institute (Inclusive Course Design): Three days in May when faculty consider evidence-based teaching/learning practices and develop or revise syllabi, readings and assignments for a course.

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs): Cohorts of faculty meet regularly with CTL staff and Partners to explore evidence-based teaching/learning strategies and develop or revise course materials. In spring 2020, FLCs include graduate student University Prize Instructors teaching their first stand-alone courses independently, and Brandeis Core Assessment Fellows exploring ways to promote and assess students’ mastery of Brandeis Core learning goals.

Grants to Support Teaching: In addition to Provost’s Teaching Innovation Grants, opportunities include: funding to attend conferences that focus on higher education teaching/learning, and rolling application deadlines for short-term teaching innovations.

Hybrid Teaching Institute: Join a group of colleagues to adjust your fall courses for a flexible, combined online/onsite format. Your flexible, hybrid course will be ready to accommodate students’ and teachers’ needs throughout the fall term and beyond. Register here to join on your own or with a department/program/team. CTL staff and CTL Partners will guide teams of faculty through a 6-step process in 6 synchronous sessions over 4 weeks. Sessions will be offered in June and July. 

CTL Library and Lounge: All members of the Brandeis teaching community are welcome to browse our growing collection of books about teaching and learning, have a cup of tea, refresh and recharge in our Library and Lounge space (Farber Library, level 2).

Mid semester feedback discussion for formative purposes: A Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) staff member or CTL Scholar or other neutral facilitator holds a discussion with students and gathers their consensus feedback about their learning experiences in the course. This takes place when the instructor is not present. The conversation takes roughly 30 minutes. Later, the facilitator shares the consensus feedback with the instructor and both consider how the instructor will make teaching adjustments and respond to students.

Micro-teaching: Practice teaching sessions for groups of teachers by appointment. Each instructor offers a 3-5-minute example of teaching. CTL staff facilitate and trained observers offer feedback about effective strategies and possible improvements.

New Faculty Orientations: monthly 1-hour sessions to share effective teaching tips; day-long sessions in August, January.

CTL Open House: bi-annual opportunities to meet members of the Brandeis teaching community and share award-winning teaching practices.

Reading Groups: monthly opportunities to discuss a recent research article about teaching and learning with CTL Scholars and staff

Teaching Innovation Showcases: faculty recipients of Provost’s Teaching Innovation Awards and Short-term Grants to Support Teaching share their wisdom about teaching/learning practices that benefit Brandeis students.

Teaching Observations by Peers and/or Trained Students: CTL Scholars as well as trained student observers are available to observe your class and offer confidential feedback for formative purposes only. This service adheres to confidentiality guidelines in the POD Network Ethical Guidelines statement and is not connected to reviews for promotion or tenure.

Van for Experiential Learning: Any member of the Brandeis community may request to use the Experiential Learning Van, which seats 12, including the driver. The driver must be certified by Officer Paul Sousa of Public Safety. Requests for the van should be made at Student Activities in the SCC or by emailing Katie McNamara.

We'll guest teach your missed class! The CTL staff and our Partners offer enriching content for students when faculty need to miss teaching a class session due to research travel, scholarly conferences, etc. Make a request and select the topic that best suits your students’ needs.