On September 26, Provost Bruce McPheron addressed a small group of Ohio State faculty at the annual Academy of Teaching breakfast, where he shared his vision for students and teachers at Ohio State.
The provost reminded us that, in many cases, students are not going to retire from jobs we even know exist. Therefore, the role of instructors is to prepare students for a series of careers, extend thinking beyond the knowledge base, and instill a respect and hunger for lifelong learning.
Ohio State, he said, has a long and strong commitment to helping teachers. When the new Time and Change strategic plan was being developed, the Board of Trustees insisted that teaching and learning be the first pillar. We have high quality support for all people who engage in teaching, through units and organizations such as UCAT, the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, and the University Institute for Teaching and Learning. The goal is to integrate all of these efforts, and to reward faculty who participate in teaching enhancement programs.
Beyond engaging in professional development opportunities, the next step is to measure teaching effectiveness, using advanced data analytics, looking at the accomplishments of students, and participating in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Such scholarship, he argued, can be even more powerful than research.