Ten Before Tenure
Teaching and learning is the heart of Weber State University. To move forward with that vision, the Teaching and Learning Forum is pleased to announce a new program that encourages continual development of and research on teaching practices to promote student learning. The Ten Before Tenure program is designed to provide pre-tenure Weber State University faculty with opportunities to enhance their understanding and use of evidence based teaching practices, interact and share ideas with colleagues, and create teaching materials that can be used in their tenure and promotion files.
Four experiences, intended to provide a well-rounded basis for teaching development, are highly recommended:
Experience 1: New Faculty Retreat
The New Faculty Retreat is a multiple day event for new faculty in their first or second year as faculty members at Weber State University. The retreat offers new faculty an opportunity to begin networking with new and seasoned WSU faculty and staff. The retreat provides information about campus resources, our student population, and a plethora of teaching strategies.
Experience 2: Communities of Practice
Communities of Practice (COPs) are groups of people who come together to share ideas and strategies, determine solutions, and build innovations around a common concern or interest regarding teaching and learning. The Teaching and Learning Forum (TLF) supports various COPs each year, depending on faculty interest and innovations in teaching. Check the TLF website for more information regarding the COPs for the current year.
At WSU, we define digital literacy as “proficiency in creating, critically assessing and utilizing digital content that emphasizes 1) demonstrating competency in digital technology, 2) promoting digital fluency, and 3) acquiring and maintaining skill sets that will enhance student success by forging an enduring bridge between academic experience and the evolving workplace.” In order to enhance your own digital fluency, choose one of the workshops offered by WSU Online or the TLF. Such an event might be focused on teaching with technology, the use of mobile learning strategies, maximizing the use of Canvas, or other topics.
The route to excellent teaching is highly individualized. For this reason, 10 Before Tenure recommends that you take advantage of at least one of the following customized and confidential opportunities to reflect on your teaching.
- Classroom Observation: A TLF consultant can observe instructional practices in any instructional environment. After the visit, the consultant will discuss with the instructor what was observed. Together, they develop strategies for further experimentation and refinement, and identify areas for ongoing reflection.
- Mid-semester Assessment Process (MAP): Conducted at mid-semester (weeks 5-9) a MAP provides student feedback on a course in process. A TLF consultant meets with students in a class to collect their thoughts about the class, and then meets with the instructor to discuss student responses.
The remaining experiences are left to your discretion so that you can choose events and opportunities that are most relevant to your teaching. They are generally chosen from the following, but could also involve creating a literature bibliography on a particular aspect of teaching and learning or working on a special project associated with the TLF.
- TLF Workshops: It is recommended that you choose topics spread across a wide range of areas. A list of the workshop opportunities for the current semester can be found on the TLF website.
- Off-campus conferences or workshops: There are often opportunities to attend off-campus workshops or conferences focused on teaching. The experience may be general or disciplinary-based, and could be a conference session that is a larger part of a scholarly meeting or participating at the Great Teachers Retreat.
- Teaching Presentations: The TLF offers a variety of ways for instructors to share their innovative teaching strategies with the Weber State community and beyond. Opportunities include presenting/co-presenting at a TLF workshop, participating in the Faculty Symposium, or presenting at a teaching and learning conference.
The second component of the Ten Before Tenure program is a 1-2 page written reflection on your development as a teacher (or teaching philosophy) and a statement of plans for your ongoing development as a teacher.
ENROLLMENT AND PROGRAM COMPLETION
Enrollment serves to register your interest in completing the program and allows the TLF to provide you with ongoing support as you complete the program. One may enroll at any point in the pre-tenure process, and experiences completed before enrollment can serve toward completion of the program.
Completion forms for Ten Before Tenure are COMING SOON. The form will prompt you to provide a list of your ten experiences as well as your teaching reflection statement.