II. New, Current and Future Faculty Development

II. New, Current and Future Faculty Development

"New Faculty" applies primarily to junior faculty at the University of Michigan and Bowling Green State University, and "Future Faculty" applies primarily to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, who will participate in the Life Sciences Learning Community.

A. Life Sciences Learning Community. The Life Sciences Learning Community (LSLC) will introduce current and future faculty members to active learning, beginning with a series of twice-monthly meetings in the summer. In addition, the LSLC provides a practical support group to help maintain new pedagogical initiatives by meeting throughout the following academic year. The LSLC is not run as a workshop, but rather demonstrates the concept of active learning by engaging the participants in a learning community that is guided by facilitators who have previous experience in active learning methodology. The LSLC is designed to elicit input from all participants, allowing the group to benefit from the collective knowledge and experiences of each member. Importantly, this includes postdoctoral scholars, many of whom will soon be expected to teach in independent positions, and graduate students, who can provide a student's perspective on learning. The LSLC is designed to overcome two major problems to pedagogical changes: 1) Lack of experience with instructional formats other than lecture/note-taking, and 2) Lack of sustained professional support.

B. Current Faculty Development. "Current Faculty" applies to high school and community college faculty members who will participate in the Residential Workshop. The goal of the Residential Workshop is to provide intensive training in active learning to faculty members who are part of the educational "pipeline." More details on this program are provided in the Precollege and Outreach section, under "University of Michigan Howard Hughes Medical Institute Teaching Fellows."

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—May 13, 2007