Teaching And Learning Workshop
June 1-6, 2015
Greenville, South Carolina
An intensive one-week workshop for qualified faculty of member institutions belonging to the Associated Colleges of the South.
Comments From Previous Workshop Participants:
“I have never had as valuable an experience in my teaching career.”
“This workshop will teach you more about teaching and learning than all those teaching-technique books you have sitting on your bookshelf!”
“This was the best faculty development program I have ever attended.”
“The workshop exceeded my expectations. I had some contact with the micro-teaching process, but I did not expect such stimulating interaction in the small groups.”
“The most important thing at the workshop was to talk about teaching with leaders and participants. The discussions, across disciplines and outside of regular sessions were quite useful. My facilitators were sensitive and enthusiastic and supportive. Bravo! They worked hard with each one of us.”
“The workshop definitely was worth my time and effort.”
“Thanks for a most helpful and thought-provoking week. I feel I will be a better teacher this fall. I had expectations that I would learn something about interactive teaching and also had strong anxiety about my performance here. I rapidly gained a sense of confidence from the tone set by the facilitators. I came away with concrete knowledge of what interactive teaching is, how to do it better and why it is so important. I now feel less anxious about using these techniques.”
“Ultimately I appreciated the seamlessnesss of the experience-obviously carefully thought out and implemented. The camaraderie and future friendships are unadvertised benefits. Just do it!
“Thoroughly professional! Packed with great information. I’ll use this material for the rest of my career.”
“A superb week!”
“This is the most well-run conference that I have ever attended. I thought the behind-the-scenes work was just amazing.”
A challenging and invigorating experience for capable faculty wanting to strengthen teaching performance, expand teaching techniques, and explore pedagogical issues.
Workshop Mission Statement
The Workshop emphasizes teaching and learning as central to the academic profession. Participants will:
Build on existing strengths in their teaching and identify areas for growth
Increase awareness of learners’ experiences in the classroom
Explore new teaching and learning strategies
Contribute to a collaborative community in which they can reflect on their classroom choices and how those choices affect learners and learning
Nature of the Participants
Good teachers who want to teach better. For example, younger faculty wanting to learn new skills, mid-career faculty refining teaching styles or changing teaching approaches, and senior faculty wanting to modify courses as well as approaches to teaching.
Outstanding faculty from ACS institutions who have attended the teaching workshop in the past. Each has experience and training in facilitating microteaching so that each workshop participant learns valuable insights to enhance her/his own teaching.
Special Features of the Program
A microteaching experience in which each participant’s teaching will be videotaped, analyzed, and discussed extensively within a small group of about five participants.
An opportunity for participants to experiment with new approaches to teaching, observe other teaching styles, try new techniques, and analyze issues and challenges of teaching and learning.
A workshop ethos of faculty development (not evaluation).
Special sessions on aspects of the teaching process as well as pedagogical issues. For example: diversity in the classroom, teaching and learning styles, active and collaborative learning, best practices, the uses of technology, the syllabus, etc.
Ample time provided for informal conversation among faculty participants, enabling them to share experiences and ideas and develop connections that may prove helpful in the future.
Timing of the Workshop
The workshop is usually held very early in June. The workshop begins with a dinner and reception on Monday and ends with an after-dinner session on Friday night. Most participants arrive midday on Monday and depart early Saturday. The 2015 workshop will take place June 1-6. Participants will arrive on Monday, June 1 and depart on Saturday, June 6.
Location of the Workshop
The Furman University campus is located in Greenville, SC, about 35 minutes from the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. Greenville is the largest city in upstate SC and is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
The academic deans from each ACS institution submit names of interested faculty members by February 1; participants will be notified by March 15. Most institutions send two faculty members each year.
If You are Interested
ACS faculty members interested in attending this year’s workshop should contact your academic dean or provost about the nomination process at your institution. The teaching workshop is open only to faculty members from the member institutions of the Associated Colleges of the South.
For Further Information
Please contact your academic dean/provost or the workshop director Betsy Sandlin (firstname.lastname@example.org).