Faculty Peer Groups
Faculty Peer Groups Small, focused, supportive peer groups are widely recognized among faculty development professionals as one of the most effective ways to help instructors grow and develop professionally. These groups typically benefit from a very high level of engaged participation among members because peers can critique, advise, share, assist, and sometimes console from the unique perspective of having like experience in the classroom. Similarly, members of peer groups typically feel they are doing work that directly contributes to their own professional development, a psychological position that research shows to be most effective in fostering real faculty growth. Because of the effectiveness of such groups, the Office of Instructional Consulting has initiated several diverse peer gatherings for faculty over the years.
Currently, a small group of instructors meets on the third Friday for each month from 3:30 till 5 p.m. to discuss a chapter from a book on post-secondary education. In the past, we have read
Svinicki, Marilla. Learning and Motivation in the Postsecondary Classroom
Bain, Ken. What the Best College Teachers Do
Palmer, Parker. The Courage to Teach
Currently, we are reading Fink, L. Dee. Creating Significant Learning Experiences