Center for Teaching and Learning

Reflective Teaching Seminar

The UTD Reflective Teaching Seminar (RTS) is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). This program seeks to

(1) create an environment for junior faculty in which self-reflection about teaching is fostered, and innovation in their instruction is encouraged
(2) promote interdisciplinary dialogue on teaching-related issues
(3) expose junior faculty to educational research that might be used to facilitate excellent teaching, and
(4) offer direct assistance in improving the teaching of individual faculty members.

This is NOT a program exclusively or even primarily for those having classroom difficulties. Instead, the program is directed to all faculty interested in pedagogical issues and in improving their own teaching. Indeed, as per the Provost’s directive, participation in the seminar should be rewarded in annual evaluations and RTS members will be recognized in a ceremony and reception at the end of the academic year.

Description: The primary activity of the UTD Reflective Teaching Seminar will be a weekly meeting scheduled approximately 8 times during the fall semester and 4-5 times during the spring semester. Seminar facilitators will engage participating faculty in discussing readings on a range of practical teaching topics and encourage them to bring their teaching questions to this forum. Guest speakers will also be invited to present expert information on selected topics. Sample topics include early feedback, integrating technology, alternative teaching styles, and dealing with challenging student behaviors. A second set of activities of the program will involve peer observation and mentoring with some of UTD’s award-winning teachers.

Seminar Facilitators:

Paul F. Diehl, Director of CTL and Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science

Karen Huxtable, Associate Director of CTL, Senior Lecturer III, and ROTA winner

Eligibility: The seminar is intended for second year assistant professors through second year associate professors as well as full-time lecturers early in their instructional careers. Sessions will be scheduled on late Tuesday afternoons. Participants will need to adjust their teaching and research schedules accordingly.

Nominations: Deans, program heads, and senior faculty members may nominate members of their faculty for this program. Self-nominations are also encouraged.

Deadline for Nominations: March 30, 2018

Send nominations to: [email protected]

Nominees will be contacted in late March or early April. Direct all questions to [email protected].