Focus on student-centered approaches

I aim to cultivate an intentional and scholarly approach to my teaching, as well as to use data-driven methods as evidence for educational assessment and revision.  To achieve this, I have sought out professional development activities, obtained training to become familiar the latest pedagogical and cognitive scientific literature, and connected with other scholars in the community with the goal of improving teaching and learning.

Significant value is present in a student-centered approach and high impact practices.


For 2018-2020, I am participating in the Faculty Fellows program offered by the ASSETT program at CU Boulder.  Faculty members from different departments collaborate to enhance teaching and learning, and address educational needs within our own departments.



Departmental Education Specialist Training Workshop, Stanford University (left to right: Cheryl Pinzone, Ruth Heisler, Teresa Foley, Carl Wieman)

In summer 2017, I attended a six-day intensive workshop  for Departmental Education Specialists (DES) training hosted by Carl Wieman at Stanford University which was designed to provide training in research-best teaching and learning ideas and practices. This  workshop provided a significant opportunities for deliberate practice and obtaining a solid foundational knowledge of the literature, from which to elicit positive educational change. The workshop is described in more detail by a fellow participant, Doug McKee from Cornell University who hosts the Teach Better podcast on his blog site.

Summer 2018, I attended the Transforming Education, Supporting Teaching and Learning Excellence Program (TRESTLE) National meting hosted at the University of Kansas in partnership with the Bay View Alliance.


(Photo by Patrick Campbell/University of Colorado)

TRESTLE Annual Gathering (Photo by Patrick Campbell/ University of Colorado)

Participation with interdisciplinary faculty learning communities focused on educational development has been very beneficial. I was a TRESTLE scholar for one year on metacognition and active-learning activity design by Drs. Rebecca Ciancanelli and Jennifer Knight, and led the Shared Innovations Discussion Group (ShInDiG) focused on teaching practice across disciplines.

I attend the Discipline Based STEM Education Research (DBER) group from our wonderful Center from STEM Learning (CSL), and present at the annual symposia.  ASSETT  has been a tremendous resource, and have participated in several courses offered by the CIRTL network.