News and Announcements
This past quarter has been a busy one with some major events and the beginning of planning for the 10th Anniversary of the DCAE in Academic Year 2015-2016.
As a part of the DCAE’s upcoming anniversary year, John DiNardo and the DCAE staff held a retreat for the Center’s fellows in April 2015 to begin a process of reviewing our activities to expand and modify them in conjunction with national best practices and also in terms of the various structural and cultural changes at Drexel. Our Decennial year will reflect the outcomes of the retreat.
Our 3rd Annual Showcase of Teaching went off successfully on May 11, 2015. Based on feedback from the previous year we focused on poster presentations and had contributions from faculty and academic staff, with 84 presenters and 53 posters in our morning and afternoon sessions. The buzz in the room was quite audible and the evaluations supported the interest in the varied topics. After the initial welcome we opened with a panel from four colleges discussing the ways in which the scholarship of teaching and learning interconnects with their units. Deans Donnelly, Hughes, Songer and Associate Dean Stewart engaged the audience; given the strong positive response the panelists received, we hope to make the panel a part of next year’s showcase with four other units. The keynote address was given by Tom Angelo, PhD who led an interactive presentation entitled “Using the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to Improve Student Learning and Success: Five Practical, Research-based Approaches.”
Twenty Drexel faculty members graduated from the DCAE’s Spring Academic Portfolio Workshop on May 15, 2015. Participants represented 14 different departments around the university and were both tenured/tenure-track and clinical/teaching faculty. Thirteen faculty mentors worked very closely with their mentees, and each spoke briefly about the accomplishments of the participants at the gathering. The group also expressed its thanks and gratitude to Teck Lim, who has served as the Lead Portfolio Mentor for the program since its inception in 2004. Portfolio workshops continue to be a big benefit to participants. As one of the mentees stated, “The process was very beneficial on my end…I appreciate all the time and thoughtful feedback <my mentor> offered.”
On May 28, 2015, Drexel Adjunct Faculty came together on campus for an End-of-Year Gathering, sponsored by the Drexel Center for Academic Excellence in collaboration with the LeBow Center for Teaching Excellence. The agenda included both roundtable and panel discussions, led by adjuncts. For the roundtable discussions, topics included best practices for technology use and group work in the classroom, as well as ideas regarding adjunct interaction with peers, students and the university outside of class. The panel discussion featured faculty from the College of Arts and Science, LeBow School of Business and the Kline School of Law, who specifically addressed mentoring experiences with students. John DiNardo, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, also addressed the audience and engaged in conversation about Drexel’s initiative to increase engagement with its adjuncts. The event concluded with networking over refreshments. Throughout the upcoming summer, adjunct faculty will continue to receive monthly email communications from the DCAE through the online BbLearn Community with updates on teaching and learning events and general information for classroom support.
Winter 2014 News and Announcement
The Provost's Office just released information on the annual faculty recognition awards for excellence in teaching. For the 2014-2015 academic year, a number of new awards have also been established. Please see below for a copy of the information sent to all faculty. Please contact the Provost's Office at 215-895-2200 with any questions.
University Award for Pedagogy and Assessment, 2014-15
Deadline for Submissions: March 13, 2015
The Office of the Provost invites nominations for the University Award for Pedagogy and Assessment. This award is given to recognize those individuals, groups, programs or departments who have engaged in assessment and quality improvement activities and as a result have had a significant impact on aspects of curriculum design and quality assurance in the Drexel Teaching community. Nominations may be submitted by anyone having a direct knowledge of the process or activity and departments may self-nominate.
Nomination materials should include evidence of the following:
- Assessments that are course-specific or that are program-specific are eligible
- Assessments conducted by an individual or by a group may be submitted by the individual or group
- The assessment must have been conducted within the previous four years, allowing for adequate time to conduct/use closing-the-loop activities which is an integral component of the application
- Evidence can be the result of quantitative and qualitative approaches to gathering information
- Evidence must be relevant to what is being claimed, potentially verifiable through replication and representative or typical of major, program or institutional performance.
- Evidence must involve examination of student levels of attainment (individual students or representative samples) and may include:
- Faculty-designed comprehensive or capstone examinations and assignments
- Performance on external or licensure examinations
- Authentic performances or demonstrations
- Portfolios of student work over time
- Samples of representative student work
The recipient(s) of this award will receive a certificate acknowledging this award and a monetary award of $1,000. The award will be presented at the Faculty Recognition Dinner held in the Spring quarter.
Please submit your application package electronically in a single pdf file and forward to email@example.com no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015. Please be sure the subject line of your electronic submission reads “University Award for Pedagogy and Assessment 2014-2015”. All application packages will be acknowledged at the time of submission via an email to the nominator.
Adjunct Award for Teaching Excellence, 2014-2015
Deadline for Submissions: March 13, 2015
The Office of the Provost invites nominations for the inaugural Adjunct Award for Teaching Excellence. This award is given annually to an adjunct faculty member with a minimum of nine (9) quarters of teaching experience at Drexel University.
Candidates should provide the following documentation:
- A cover page with the applicant’s name, department(s), degrees, licenses, years teaching at Drexel, a listing of all application content as below, including, for all course syllabi submitted, the term(s) taught, number and level of students, course format (lecture, lab, etc), and course type (required, elective, major specific, general, TA supported, team-taught, etc).
- Current CV
- A concise statement of teaching philosophy and methodology
- Syllabi for courses taught from no more than within the past 9 terms
- Teaching evaluations from no more than three courses taught within the past 9 terms
- Up to six student (past or present) one-page letters of support to be submitted as part of the application package as a PDF
- A supporting letter from the candidate’s Department Head or Program Course Coordinator/Director, and up to two additional supporting letters from colleagues. These letters of support should be in PDF format saved as Adjunct_Last Name_First Name, and sent directly by the letter writer to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 pm on Friday March 31, 2015.
- Any additional relevant supporting evidence as appropriate.
The recipient of this award will receive a certificate acknowledging teaching excellence and a monetary award of $1,000. The award will be presented at the Faculty Recognition Dinner held in the Spring quarter, and the recipient will also be recognized at Commencement.
Please submit your application package electronically in a single pdf file and forward to email@example.com no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015. Please be sure the subject line of your electronic submission reads “Adjunct Award for Teaching Excellence 2014-2015”. All letters of support should be in PDF format saved as Adjunct_Last Name_First Name, and sent directly by the letter writer to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 p.m. on Friday March 31, 2015. All application packages and letters of support will be acknowledged at the time of submission via an email to the nominator and nominee.
Evidence-Based Teaching Award in Undergraduate STEM Education, 2014-2015
Deadline for Submissions: March 13, 2015
The Office of the Provost invites nominations for the inaugural Evidence-Based Teaching Award in Undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education (STEM). This award is given yearly to a full-time tenure track or teaching faculty member in a STEM department* who has completed at least two years of teaching at Drexel before applying (i.e., applying in their third year of employment at Drexel at the earliest). At least half the candidate’s teaching must be at the undergraduate level.
Candidates must demonstrate that they use pedagogical strategies that have been demonstrated in the literature to be effective for teaching students, or that they develop innovative approaches that they are evaluating in their own classrooms. Candidates must provide the following documentation:
1. A copy of the candidate’s curriculum vitae.
2. Up to four syllabi that best represent courses that demonstrate his/her use of evidence-based approaches.
3. A 500 word statement describing the evidence-based teaching practice(s) that he/she uses in class(es) with explanation as to how this is an evidence-based approach (e.g., with support from the literature, or description of how the candidate collects evidence on innovative strategies) and how effective this approach is in the candidate’s own classroom, with evidence to support outcomes.
4. Letters of support for this award from the candidate’s Department Head which includes comments on the candidate’s teaching evaluations; at least one Drexel colleague; and at least one Drexel student. Please note: these letters of support should be in PDF format and saved as STEM_LastName_FirstName and sent directly by the letter writer to email@example.com no later than 5 p.m. on March 13, 2015.
The Evidence-Based Teaching Award in Undergraduate STEM Education recipients will each receive a certificate of acknowledgement and a monetary award of $2,000. The awards will be presented at the Faculty Recognition Dinner held in the Spring quarter, and the recipients will also be recognized at Commencement.
Please submit your application package electronically in a single pdf file and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015. Please be sure the subject line reads “Evidence-Based Teaching Award in Undergraduate STEM Education, 2014-15.” Letters of support should be in PDF format and saved as STEM_LastName_FirstName and sent directly by the letter writer to email@example.com no later than 5 p.m. on March 13, 2015.
*For the purposes of this award, STEM departments include:
Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science
Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Computing and Informatics
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
Third Annual Scholarship of Teaching - May 11, 2014
The Drexel Center for Academic Excellence (DCAE) asks you to save the date of May 11, 2015 for the third installment of Drexel’s Annual Showcase of Teaching, which will include a plenary address by Dr. Tom Angelo, the Director of the Center for Advancement of Faculty Excellence, Assistant Provost and Professor at Queens University of Charlotte. In the past two years, this event has featured more than 140 faculty and PhD student presenters from across all disciplines sharing how they are shaping their students’ learning in the classroom through transformative teaching, classroom innovation, and research or scholarship. This year’s event will continue to build on the successes of previous years as we continue to learn and grow as a community of scholars dedicated to the goal of providing the best educational opportunities for all Drexel students.
More information on the proposal process will be forwarded to faculty and PhD students in January 2015, but in the meantime, we invite you to review the abstracts and sample posters from last year’s event which are available on the DCAE website.
Fall 2014 News and Announcements
Adjunct Engagement Initiative and Online BlackBoard Learning Community
Fall 2014 brought about a new adjunct initiative for the Center, spearheaded by DCAE’s new Assistant Director, Dana D’Angelo. Professor D’Angelo, now a Clinical Professor in the Department of General Business, started at Drexel as a part-time faculty member herself and understands the difficulties these adjunct faculty face inside and outside of the classroom. To begin the year, an Adjunct Orientation was offered in September and an accompanying online Adjunct Community was established in October, which currently enrolls over 900 adjunct faculty. The Community includes various informational tabs to keep adjuncts abreast of all of the resources and tools available to them across the university, recent publications related to developments in university teaching and learning, and an interactive discussion board where adjuncts can interface with each other as well as DCAE staff. Professor D’Angelo also sends biweekly updates to the adjuncts regarding on-campus events and news, which has been helping to ensure that Drexel’s adjunct faculty do not miss out on key information. For her efforts, Professor D’Angelo and the DCAE staff have been on the receiving end of dozens of calls and e-mails from adjunct faculty expressing their gratitude for the initiative, and the Center has seen a noticeable increase of adjunct faculty participating in on campus workshops and initiatives. The Center looks forward to building on the initial success of the online community in the coming months.
DCAE Portfolio Workshop Garners International Interest
For the past 17 years, the Drexel Center for Academic Excellence has been sponsoring Academic Portfolio Workshops for faculty interested in documenting their teaching, research and service at Drexel. Many faculty members engage in these workshops to reflect on their progression in all three areas, eventually adapting parts of the portfolio for usage in grant and award applications or as a part of a tenure or promotion package. Over the years, hundreds of Drexel faculty members have benefitted from participation in the program, but the DCAE was pleased to learn recently that our program has caught the attention of Tamagawa University, located outside of Tokyo, Japan.
On December 1, 2014, Kenji Yokomatsu and Yohei Okada from Tamagawa University and their former colleague and close associate Douglas Trefla, of the University of Western Florida’s Japan Center, came to campus to gain a better understanding of Drexel’s Academic Portfolio Workshop program and sought advice on how to lay the groundwork for their own iteration. After meeting with current portfolio mentors and DCAE leadership, the group also toured key university landmarks and learning commons, including Gerri C. LeBow Hall, the URBN Center and the ExCITE Center. Overall, the visit was a success and the DCAE looks forward to working with both institutions in the future.