The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) is growing to meet the needs of faculty and graduate students across the campus with an eye towards further services for those in the humanities. Expanding in both staff and programming, the CEE, an integration of the former Center for Teaching & Learning and the iAMSTEM Hub’s Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment team, collaborates with faculty, graduate students, and instructors to “implement evidence-based instructional practices and develop and explore innovative solutions that enhance learner-centered instruction.”
The UC Davis Humanities Institute is tapping the expertise of the CEE by bringing Associate Director Kem Saichaie Ph.D. to lead a workshop on crafting a teaching statement on November 29, from 12-1 p.m. in 228 Voorhies as part of our PhD Unlimited series. The teaching statement is a vital piece of many academic job applications, so graduate students in the humanities, arts, and humanistic social sciences are encouraged to bring their questions and drafts to the event. RSVP via email to DHI Event Coordinator, Becky Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) — lunch will be provided.
Teaching Assistant Consultant Program
The CEE offers other crucial programming to develop teaching excellence in graduate students. The Teaching Assistant Consultant program is a unique opportunity to receive one-on-one consultation with an experienced graduate student Teaching Assistant Consultant (TAC). TACs offer a variety of services, including specific feedback on lesson plans, rubrics, or classroom discussion activities; mid-quarter interviews that incorporate feedback from your students; videorecording and observational services; and development of your teaching or learning philosophy.
The TAC program also leads a certificate-bearing workshop series throughout the year. The fall 2016 graduate student workshop series is just wrapping up, having covered topics like effective lesson planning, creating inclusive classrooms, and building supportive learning environments; but the program continues in winter and summer quarters.
Learning Communities Initiatives for Faculty and Graduate Students
For 2016, the CEE launched an inaugural program on Learning Communities Initiatives for faculty and graduate students. Learning communities promote engaged conversations about student learning and instructional success while allowing participants to exchange ideas and explore strategies in an open and supportive environment.
The faculty learning community consists of an interdisciplinary and diverse group of participants who will share their instructional approaches, investigate instructional change, and employ research-based strategies, and receive a $1000 stipend to put toward instructional enhancement activities. The graduate student learning community is open to all as a space to tackle relevant teaching and learning issues in a supportive environment, and freely discuss ideas about teaching at weekly Monday meetings from 11:00-11:50 am in The Grove (Surge III), Room 1360 (Redwood). Check out the graduate student learning community blog for recaps of past meetings and future topics.
– Stephanie Maroney, DHI Graduate Student Researcher and doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies