Professors often pursue college-level academic careers to pass on the excitement about learning that inspired them as students. There is no doubt that teaching, service, and scholarship are rewarding; but they can be draining as well! So, how do faculty maintain their passion for teaching and the academic life? One of the most effective ways is by connecting with others through communities of practice.
At IUP, communities of practice are intentionally fostered through the work of the Center for Teaching Excellence and its Reflective Practice Project. This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the Center for Teaching Excellence.
IUP’s Center for Teaching Excellence was established in the fall of 1989. Its mission is to provide constructive and developmental mechanisms for nurturing the excellence in teaching which already exists at IUP. These mechanisms will honor our differences and build on our strengths by:
Director: Dr. Stephanie Taylor-Davis
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Reflective Practice A Cross Campus Effort to Promote More Effective Teaching
The Center for Teaching Excellence’s Reflective Practice Project was begun in 1993 to support an exploratory and reflective approach to teaching and learning. Reflective Practice work includes:
"The scholarship of teaching and learning involves systematic study of teaching and/or learning and the public sharing and review of such work through presentations, performances, or publications. Presentations, performances, and publications may be local, regional, national or international. SoTL, then, shares established criteria of scholarship in general, such as that it is made public, can be reviewed critically by members of the appropriate community, and can be built upon by others to advance the field. SoTL focuses on teaching and learning at the college level, and is primarily classroom and disciplinary based. Ideally, SoTL also involves application and use." from "What is the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning"
Please see below links to Online Classroom, Teaching Professor and Magna Commons. Online Classroom and Teaching Instructor provide timely information about pedagogy and teaching practice in both the online and face-to-face teaching environments. Magna Commons is a streaming video collection on teaching seminars.