Lecturer Learning Community
LECTURER LEARNING COMMUNITY (LLC)
- Are you a lecturer or senior lecturer looking for a way to connect with others in your position at Ohio State?
- Are you interested in trying something new or different in your teaching?
- Do you want to take steps toward professional development as a teacher?
- Would you like to find a place where you can find support and resources needed to enhance your teaching?
In feedback UCAT collects about the benefits of our various programs, we routinely find that providing platforms in which Ohio State teachers can talk to each other is one of the most valuable aspects of the work we do. At the same time, our recent research shows that lecturers at Ohio State feel particularly alienated because they fall somewhere in the gap that exists between “faculty” and “staff.” Thus, the purpose of the OSTEP Lecturer Learning Community (LLC) is to provide a select cohort of lecturers and senior lecturers with an extended opportunity to converse with and support each other in the process of enhancing their teaching.
In addition to providing community, the overarching goal of the LLC is for lecturers to make informed changes that increase the effectiveness of their teaching. The specificity of those changes will be directed by the participants themselves, with the learning community intended to provide collegiality, guidance, resources, and compensation.
More information about this and other OSTEP programs is available at the UCAT page on Ohio State Teaching Enhancement Programs.
Lecturers selected for the program are expected to:
- Develop and implement a personal teaching enhancement plan (e.g., incorporating new methods such as collaborative learning or technology; revising ways to assess student learning or collect feedback; adapting strategies for large classes).
- Attend the annual OSTEP spring reception (Date TBA).
- Participate in monthly sessions organized by a peer facilitator and supported by UCAT resources. The learning community is designed to form community among participants, so participation in the monthly sessions is essential.
- Present on their projects informally within the group as their work progresses and provide feedback on other participants’ projects.
Participants are also encouraged to:
- Use a portion of the stipend provided to attend and/or present at conferences or institutes related to college teaching.
- Attend events organized by UCAT or the Academy of Teaching, e.g., special–topic seminars or forums; workshops; and/or book discussion groups.
- Present or facilitate a session at a UCAT-coordinated event to discuss the project or report results of the implementation.
- Prepare a scholarship of teaching project for publication.
- The program will start in Autumn 2018 and end in Spring 2019.
- Each participant will receive $1,000 intended to support professional development activities related to teaching, such as attending teaching conferences (e.g. the Lilly Conference on College Teaching or the Midwest SoTL conference) or institutes, or engaging in research projects on their teaching while also compensating them for the “off-the-clock” time they dedicate to the learning community.
Applications were due March 5.
Selection Process and Criteria
- All lecturers and senior lecturers are eligible to apply for the program. Up to eight participants will be selected from all applicants.
- Applications will be reviewed by a committee of UCAT staff members. Consideration will be given to the quality of the proposed project, the diversity of the cohort (e.g., gender, ethnicity and disciplinary distribution), and commitment to being a member of a community. Preference will be given to those lecturers who are on at least 9-month contracts with the University.
- If you already have applied for the 2018-2019 academic year but have not yet received confirmation of receipt, please contact us.
For more information about the Lecturer Learning Community, please contact:
Instructional Consultant, University Center for the Advancement of Teaching
260 Younkin Success Center
1640 Neil Avenue
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (please type “Lecturer Learning Community” in the subject line)