Services and Programs

We invite all members of the Brandeis teaching community to take advantage of our services and programs as a piece of their own ongoing faculty development. 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 and programs 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.

All Brandeis teaching community members are welcome to participate in events listed on the Faculty Development Events Calendar.

Coaching/Mentoring

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 at ctl@brandeis.edu or 781-736-8322.

Consultations
  • For Individuals, Departments, Schools, Programs and Staff: Available upon request, and tailored to your needs and interests. Contact CTL@brandeis.edu or 781-736-8322.

  • Drop-in Consultations: All Brandeis teaching community members are welcome to drop in on our open consultation hours. See the faculty development calendar for dates, times and locations. You may also make an appointment for a consultation by contacting CTL@brandeis.edu or 781-736-8322.

CTL Library and Lounge

As soon as our physical space reopens, 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).

CTL Open House

Opportunities to meet members of the Brandeis teaching community and share effective, equitable, award-winning teaching practices.

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs)

Cohorts of faculty meet regularly with CTL staff and partners to explore evidence-based teaching/learning strategies and develop examples or research to share with colleagues. In fall 2020, CTL hosts a Hybrid Teaching FLC. In spring 2020, FLCs have included 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.

Guest Teaching

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.

Consider and apply evidence-based teaching/learning practices and develop or revise syllabi, readings and assignments for a course, over multiple days in the winter and summer months.

Microteaching

Practice teaching sessions for groups of teachers by appointment. Each instructor offers a three- to five-minute example of teaching. CTL staff facilitate, and trained observers offer feedback about effective strategies and possible improvements.

Your students’ feedback during the early teaching can help you identify small course adjustments that will improve their learning and engagement. Brandeis' Mid-course Feedback webpage highlights further benefits and explains how to gather student comments anonymously through LATTE. This feedback will be shared with you alone and will not be used in any formal evaluation of your teaching effectiveness.

Among the most important aspects of mid-course feedback is how teachers respond to it. Center for Teaching and Learning staff and CTL Scholars are available to discuss the feedback and your teaching plans in confidence. Please contact them at CTL@brandeis.edu or sign up here for a confidential consultation. They can also observe a class meeting using this Confidential Peer Mentoring process or speak directly with your students to gather follow-up feedback using this 30-minute midcourse feedback process. Here are some leading practices for responding to mid-course feedback.

Monthly sessions to share effective teaching tips; welcome sessions in July, August and January. Please see Faculty Development Calendar for current dates.

Reading Groups

Monthly opportunities to discuss a recent research article about teaching and learning with CTL scholars and staff.

The CTL recognizes the instructional support that students provide in the classroom. We collaborate with CTL Partners to complement teaching support from your school and department/program by providing a TA Training LATTE course. These instructional training materials for Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Course Assistants (CAs) can help you facilitate learning experiences in the classroom and online.

Teaching Innovation Showcases

Faculty recipients of Provost's Teaching Innovation Grants and other grants to support teaching share their wisdom about teaching/learning practices that benefit Brandeis 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. Request peer mentoring or a class observation.