Center for Faculty Excellence
CFE Faculty Development Workshops
The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) is committed to the professional development of USMA faculty members. To that end we offer the Master Teacher Certificate Program
and, along with the USMA Faculty Development Committee, sponser workshops for faculty throughout the year.
In AY 2013, we co-sponsored the following workshop with the USMA Faculty Development Committee.
The Joy and Responsibility of Teaching Well and Integrated Course Design for Significant Learning
This faculty development workshop will be held Tuesday, 23 April, 2013 Haig Room of Jefferson Library at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The guest speaker will be Dr Stewart Ross, the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Minnesota State, Mankato. He is a Senior Associate with Dee Fink and Associates and has given over 100 workshops related to university teaching in the past 5 years.
The Joy and Responsibility of Teaching Well keynote address will describe the importance of continuous improvement as college teachers and how we might reflect and improve.
Integrated Course Design covers the significance of course design within the array of tasks involved in teaching, and Identifies “Dreams” for student learning. Dr. Ross will introduce the overall model of Integrated Course Design and work on understanding and taking the initial steps toward applying the key components.
In 2012, we co-sponsored the following workshops, also with the USMA Faculty Development Committee.
This faculty development workshop was held Wednesday, 25 April, 2012 in the Haig Room of Jefferson Library at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The guest speaker was Dr. Joseph Lowman, author of Mastering the Techniques of Teaching (Jossey-Bass; 2nd edition,1995) .
Dr. Lowman discussed with faculty the need for formative assessment of teaching faculty and described techniques to effectively conduct formative assessments.
The participants discussed techniques for formative assessment using both in-class visits and video tapes. In small groups and break-out rooms they evaluated video tapes of faculty teaching. Dr. Lowman discussed and demonstrated techniques for this activity and provided guiding formats.
After the break-out activities all participants regrouped to compare observations and challenges.
Effective Practices in On-Line Education and Distance Learning at West Point
This faculty development workshop was held Thursday, 19 January, 2012 in the Haig Room of Jefferson Library at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
On-Line and distance learning is a growing phenomenon in higher education.
This workshop introduced USMA faculty to how on-line and distance education is employed across disciplines at the Academy, and explored the potential for on-line and distance education as a means to broaden educational opportunities for cadets.