Faculty Involvement

The Learning Academy provides a means for you to participate in collaborative learning experiences designed to help you document and celebrate your growth in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Ways to Get Involved with the Learning Academy

There are several ways that you can become involved with the services and activities of the Learning Academy:

  • Participate in the series of learning experiences that will lead to your recognition as a Fellow, Mentor or Scholar in the Learning Academy
  • Participate in elective courses and workshops that focus on innovative ways of engaging students in the process of learning
  • Participate in the scholarship of teaching and learning through reading, research, course redesign and the use of technologically-based instructional strategies.

Fellow, Mentor, and Scholar Opportunities

Your progression of learning experiences will allow you to be recognized as a fellow, mentor, or scholar in the academy.

FELLOW

A faculty member recognized as a Fellow in the Learning Academy is one who is versed in the vocabulary and practiced in the principles of teaching and learning. The process of becoming a Fellow of the Learning Academy begins with the completion of five core courses:

  • Course Design
  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Course Delivery
  • Instructional Technology
  • Student Engagement

Each of these courses has been designed:

  • To be offered in a manner that will expose faculty to variety of instructional modalities
  • To include the element of faith across the content of each course
  • To encourage participating faculty to engage in reflection and conversation about best practices in teaching and learning
  • To require participating faculty to engage in the development of a deliverable product directly related to a courses they teach or would like to teach.

After completing the five course sequence, prospective Fellows will engage in peer observation experience along with other course participants. Additional requirements include a reflection on what has been learned and the submission of a classroom observation completed by the applicant's division chair or associate dean.

We celebrate the accomplishments of our faculty who complete this initial phase of the Learning Academy process. When awarded the status of a "Fellow" of the Learning Academy, faculty members will receive an additional $200 per year that can be applied to the purchase of teaching-related materials (e.g., books, conference travel, technology). Sustaining this support requires the submission of an annual summary of professional activities related to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

MENTOR

Fellows of the Learning Academy are eligible to continue their professional growth and development and complete the requirements to be a Mentor in the academy. Mentors are respected members of the learning community who demonstrate expertise in facilitating growth and skill enhancement among their colleagues.

Advancement to the level of a Mentor in the Learning Academy involves the following activities:

  • Completion of a course related to mentoring colleagues in Christian higher education
  • Facilitate the peer observation process of a group of colleagues who are working to complete the requirements of becoming a Fellow in the Learning AcademyAssist in the provision of faculty workshops
  • Document and reflect on teaching practices and their impact on student learning

We celebrate the accomplishments of our faculty who complete this phase of the Learning Academy process. When awarded the status of a "Mentor" in the Learning Academy, faculty members will receive an additional $300 per year that can be applied to the purchase of teaching-related materials (e.g., books, conference travel, technology). Sustaining this support requires the submission of an annual summary of professional activities related to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

SCHOLAR

Mentors in the Learning Academy are eligible to continue their professional growth and development and complete the requirements to be a Scholar in the academy. Scholars are consummate professionals who actively practice the scholarship of teaching and learning and contribute to the advancement of teaching and learning in higher education.

Advancement to the level of a Scholar in the Learning Academy the development and implementation of a personalized plan that involves:

  • Mentoring junior faculty into the culture of teaching and learning
  • Actively engaging in discipline-specific scholarship in teaching and learning
  • Recognition as a campus leader in teaching and learning
  • External recognition and validation of contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning (e.g., papers, presentations, conferences)

We celebrate the accomplishments of our faculty who complete this phase of the Learning Academy process. When awarded the status of a "Scholar" in the Learning Academy, faculty members will receive an additional $400 per year that can be applied to the purchase of teaching-related materials (e.g., books, conference travel, technology). Sustaining this support requires the submission of an annual summary of professional activities commensurate with recognized levels of scholarship.


Get involved today with the Learning Academy!

For more information, contact the Center for Learning and Innovation:

cli@indwes.edu

765-677-1821