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Programs

Drexel Teaching Academy

The Drexel Teaching Academy develops faculty leaders as champions for excellence in teaching across the university. In this 10-week program, faculty from across the university explore a wide-range of literature and research on teaching in higher education. Through weekly interactive workshops, faculty enhance their knowledge of how people learn, expand and diversify their toolbox of teaching methods, and explore models for designing effective courses. Alongside other outstanding educators at Drexel, faculty within the program will consider how to apply this literature to the development of their own courses, as well as advance these best practices at Drexel University. This signature program develops pedagogical experts throughout Drexel University's various schools and colleges and fosters an interdisciplinary community among faculty who already hold this expertise. 

Drexel Teaching Academy 2020 Cohort
Check out what CoAS DTA faculty said about their experience in 2020.
Check out what LeBow DTA faculty said about their experience in 2020.

Drexel Institute for Inclusive and Equitable Teaching

The Drexel Institute for Inclusive and Equitable Teaching is a highly interactive, cohort-based program that engages faculty in a process of examining their course content and classroom practices in order to create more inclusive learning environments. Throughout the Drexel Institute for Inclusive and Equitable Teaching, faculty apply strategies and concepts to a course of their choice.

This five-part program includes synchronous and asynchronous components that provide strategies for:

  • building an inclusive syllabus;
  • teaching more transparently;
  • creating inclusive, equitable activities and assessments; and
  • developing skills to embrace and discuss difference in the classroom.

Inquiries about the Drexel Institute for Inclusive and Equitable Teaching should be emailed to teaching@drexel.edu.

Teaching Tips from the TLC

Teaching Tips from the TLC is the Teaching and Learning Center's blog. Regular posts include brief, practical, research-based strategies for improving students’ learning. Topics range from improving engagement in remote classes to managing highly charged classroom discussions to engaging in faculty self care. Teaching Tips from the TLC can be found on Drexel University's SharePoint site, but make sure to check back often to as new tips are added every few weeks! To recommend a topic for a future post email teaching@drexel.edu.

Thank a Teacher

The Thank a Teacher program provides an opportunity for Drexel University students to publicly say “thank you” to teachers who have made the true Drexel difference to them! Drexel students who want to participate should complete this form which includes space to write a thank you note to any Drexel instructor. The Teaching and Learning Center will review submissions and share them with the instructor at the end of each term. With the student’s permission, thank you notes will be posted on the Teaching and Learning Center’s website. All recipients’ names are forwarded to the instructor's department head, as well as the Provost’s office along with their respective notes.

We received 117 thank you notes from students for professors who taught them prior to winter term 2021.  Here are some of the highlights.  

Brenda Dyer, Global Studies and Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences

 

“Thank you, Madame Dyer! French is a hard language to learn but you manage to make it as interesting and enjoyable as possible over Zoom. Thank you for spending your Thursday mornings with me and other classmates who needed some extra speaking practice. Thank you for understanding some days are harder than others and adjusting classes in order to better suit the mood of the day. You always have a positive attitude in class and it is so appreciated! Merci beaucoup!”

 

                -Elizabeth Bucy

 

Roger Marino, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

 

“Thank you for caring for your students and encouraging us all to succeed. I look forward to your class because I know I will learn and have a laugh or two during the class as well.”

 

                -Anonymous

 

Kristy Kelly, School of Education

 

“Thank you Dr. Kelly for providing a space where we could not only grow as scholars, but where we could bond over our shared humanity. In a time of social unease and anxiety, you gave us a space where we could breathe, recenter, and recharge.”

 

                -Neisha Young

 

Dana Kemery, Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Professions

 

“Professor Kemery took time out of her busy schedule to listen to my concerns, she offered comfort, encouragement and guidance when I needed it most. She is an asset to Drexel University, as she works for the success of all students, even when they are not her current students. I am a student returning to the classroom after nearly 20 yrs and her professionalism has inspired me to believe in my own success. Many thanks Dr. Kemery!”

 

                -Jessica Gavurnik

 

Laura-Edythe Coleman, Arts and Entertainment Enterprise, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

 

“Thank you, Laura-Edythe, for helping me every step of the way during my application and enrollment process in the Museum Leadership program! Attending graduate school was something I never thought I would do, and you have made me feel so welcomed. I also enjoyed having you as my professor first quarter for History and Phil. of Museums. It was a tougher class but you made it fun and informative and were always available for help. Thank you, thank you!”

 

                -Dawn Snell

 

Jennifer Carroll, Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Professions

 

“Prof. Carroll went above and beyond to help her students. She is so passionate about teaching that she makes it hands-on even when we cannot truly be hands-on. Her passion shows in the ways she makes us passionate about learning topics we may not ordinarily be excited about. She made a very tough course, not only manageable but also FUN. She also tries to keep in touch with all of her students and truly help them succeed. She is GEM for Drexel University and should be commended for all the work she does. Students love her so much that they actually get upset when we do not have her anymore!!! Drexel is lucky to have her!!!”

 

                -Anonymous

 

Karl Sohlberg, Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

 

“Dr. Sohlberg really cares about his students and puts so much time into helping students be as successful as possible. He creates a learning environment where it always feels safe to ask questions and I never worry about being wrong because he is always kind in correcting students and confronting student misconceptions. Honestly, he made me really enjoy physical chemistry on a level that I have never before. After having him in classes it really makes me want to understand physical chemistry on a deeper level and he has made me appreciate the field of chemistry drastically more than I have in the past because he draws connections to many different areas, biology, mathematics, physics, chemistry etc. Great teacher and researcher, he makes you want to work hard and wants everyone in his class to be successful!”

 

                -Anonymous

 

Amy Saia, Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum, School of Education

 

“Dr. Amy Saia has been a role model, coach, teacher and so much more to many students.  I happen to be fortunate enough to cross paths with her throughout my learning experience.  She has inspired me to be straight forward, true to my beliefs, and to never give up when the climb seems a little too high.  She taught me to reach inside to acknowledge and put a name to those natural abilities I had been demonstrating all along.  Thank you for showing your strong sense of self and expecting us to show you the same. I will forever remember your support and quiet, yet strong push for me to share my passions with others. You are my role model and inspiration always.”

 

                -Anonymous

 

Justin Wolfe, PA Program, College of Nursing and Health Professions

 

“Starting PA school comes with so many new adjustments and so much anxiety, but having Professor Wolfe for Anatomy was so refreshing! I got to end every week of classes on such a positive note during Friday clinical correlations. He was so patient and non-judgmental with his students. He was able to provide a relaxing environment where all we had to do was simply try our best and learn” which I truly did. His guest lectures for other courses were always so direct and concise. This period of my life has been so overwhelming at times with all the information being given to us, and it makes all the difference when you have a good teacher. Thank you, Professor Wolfe!”

 

                -Sahar Jahromi

 

Dennis Gallagher, Health Management and Policy, Dornsife School of Public Health

 

“Thank you, Professor Gallagher, for your instruction, your guidance, your compassion, and your support. When I first enrolled at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, I had many interests but little understanding of how to apply them to make a real difference in public health. It can be disappointing and discouraging to learn about our nation’s healthcare system and the myriad challenges it presents, from lack of access and affordability to discontinuity and deep, systemic inequity. However, the wisdom of your commentary and the inspiration of your unwavering belief in the abilities of your students allowed us all to recognize the power we hold to right the wrongs of an imperfect but evolving infrastructure of health. Furthermore, you taught us how to incorporate the values of empathy, humility, and social justice into our professional lives. I can never thank you enough for the kindness you extended to me, or for the many times you encouraged me and offered your support. I hope you know that you are greatly appreciated and that through your lessons, you have instilled in us all both a greater understanding of the world around us and an even deeper commitment to improve the lives of others.”

                -Thomas Jackson

 

Nina Kosoglou, Goodwin College of Professional Studies

 

“Nina was a big reason why I came to Drexel. I met her during an admissions event my senior year of high school. I was really anxious about going to college and choosing the right major. Nina was so kind and welcoming to all the FYE students, and I knew that she would be a wonderful mentor. I’ve gone to her with all kinds of problems and she always uses her magic to help solve them. She’s truly a blessing to meet and I’m so glad I came to Drexel because of her. She’s my role model in so many ways and I hope one day I can be like her.”

 

                -Anonymous

 

Nomi Eve, English and Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences

 

“Nomi is definitely the backbone of the Creative Writing Low Res MFA, from sending us emails congratulating us on our accomplishments, as well as answering any questions and just being there for us. She has introduced us to experienced published authors, given us creative opportunities within the program, as well as given us a new place to call home. Writers need support and creative guidance, and we are definitely being set up to succeed under her wonderful leadership. Thank you for giving us Nomi!”

 

                -Becky Titelman

 

Michelle Dolinksi, Physics, College of Arts and Sciences

 

“In addition to being one of the most clear, concise, and cohesive instructors I've learned from at Drexel. Dr Dolinski will go out of her way to individually help students, make accommodations, or just chat about her research. A very open, kind, and enthusiastic professor; and honestly my favorite that I've had here at Drexel.”

 

                -Ben Arndell