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:
Achieving the goals and missions of IUP, its faculty, and its students as they relate to teaching
Facilitating the professional and personal development of faculty through teaching excellence activities
Defining and providing mechanisms for enhancing and recognizing excellent teaching
Stimulating thinking, discussion, and research on teaching excellence
Effective Teaching is a reflective process that incorporates critical self-appraisal and hard work