Applications are open for experienced TAs to facilitate the annual Teaching Orientation @ Ohio State. Read more and apply.
As of January 1, Ohio State has merged the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching with the University Institute for Teaching and Learning. Please read the official announcement from Vice Provost Kay Wolf below for full details of this structural change.
In a move to consolidate strengths, Ohio State is combining the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) with the University Institute for Teaching and Learning (UITL).
The merger, which took effect Jan. 1 and will unfold over the next several months, comes as Ohio State continues to integrate, focus, and enhance resources that support the teaching and learning pillar of the university’s strategic plan. The combined enterprise will operate under the UITL name and be led by the institute’s director, Kay Halasek.
UITL was established in 2016 in response to a call from President Drake that Ohio State become an exemplar of teaching and learning success through the use of innovative, evidence-based approaches that improve student outcomes. The Institute initiates, coordinates, promotes, and sponsors ongoing efforts in policy discussion and research on teaching and learning at Ohio State, elevating the visibility and importance of these enterprises for both internal and external audiences.
UCAT traces its roots to the Instructional Development and Evaluation unit, which was created in 1980 as part of the Office of Learning Resources. In 2000, Alan Kalish was named the director of the unit, then called the Office of Faculty and Teaching Associate Development and later renamed the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching. As it evolved, UCAT focused on long-term professional development for faculty, staff, and graduate teaching associates, as well as on the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Alan will move to the Office of Academic Affairs now, where he will serve as an assistant vice provost under Randy Smith, the university’s vice provost for academic programs. Please join me in thanking him for his work at UCAT and in wishing him success in his new position.
Kay N. Wolf, PhD
Vice Provost for Academic Policy and Faculty Resources
The Academy of Teaching is accepting proposals for its annual Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning until (1/22). We invite proposals from members of the Ohio State teaching community for presentations on any topics related to enhancing the quality and effectiveness of university teaching and student learning. This year’s conference theme is Embracing Time and Change.
The Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX) is requesting proposals to participate in its next cohort. ALX awards grants to instructors who want to transform their courses using open and affordable materials. Through three cohorts and over 50 projects, ALX program participants have already saved students more than $3 million. Learn more about ALX grants and apply today.
Read a recap of our recent webinar series and access recordings and materials here.
Combatting “Fake News” through Critical Thinking, originally scheduled for January 29 from 1–2:30 p.m., will now take place on Monday, February 5. If you were already registered for this event, please adjust your schedule. If you would like to register for the February 5 event, please click here.
Teaching Circles consist of current Ohio State graduate students, from an array of academic disciplines, who have both experience and interest in teaching at the college level. Participation in a UCAT Teaching Circle is a great way to improve your own teaching practice, and also share your expertise and ideas. The self-directed groups will meet regularly over the semester to network and discuss issues of teaching and learning.
UCAT will offer 3 Teaching Circles in Spring 2018:
- Shared Reading Circle (In Person)
- Online Development Circle (Online ONLY)
- Intro to STEM Teaching Circle 3 (Hybrid – online learning and in-person discussion)
We are now accepting applications for Orientation Facilitators for the 2018 Teaching Orientation @ Ohio State. We seek to hire TAs who will have at least two terms of teaching experience at Ohio State by the end of the spring semester, and who are interested in helping new TAs. Apply by February 12.