The Best Practices in Teaching program provides opportunities to discuss teaching-related issues with new and experienced faculty and peers from across the university. This program does not take the place of programs in pedagogy that your department may offer but supplements that coursework. This program will, however, offer broader discussion of best practices in teaching than any one department or unit can offer and will introduce you to excellent teachers/mentors from across the disciplines.
The program will offer seven sessions in the fall and spring. Individuals interested in the program need to register at the beginning of the term in which they plan to participate. Each participant will be required to attend and submit critiques of each session and a teaching portfolio. All sessions are expected to last from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the University Center. [Fall sessions are on Wednesdays starting September 11 through October 30.] In addition, participants will be required to submit a short critique of each session they attend and, at the end of the program, a teaching portfolio that will be reviewed and returned to the participant for later use.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your participation in the program; this certificate should be a welcome addition to the dossier that you will need in applying for a teaching position or for retention/promotion. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and join us in the program.
To see the fall schedule of sessions, go to: http://gradschool.utk.edu/orientation/teaching.shtml
To register, go to: http://gradschool.utk.edu/orientation/BPITP_regform.html