Monday, September 13, 2010

Lincoln's Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement: What Can We Offer?

Guest Blogger: Yvonne Hilton

The Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement (CTLE) is this year working to make a remarkable impact in the area of faculty development at Lincoln University. As the director of this program, I see it as a resource providing various workshops, seminars and activities to help strengthen the pedagogical acumen of faculty. CTLE wants to provide opportunities to glean from the wealth of wisdom we have within our walls, as well as from other knowledgeable professionals that reside outside of our campus.

We (the CTLE Advisory Board) believe a good place to start is to hear from you. We want to know what are your interests and challenges as university faculty. To this end, we have developed a survey that we will ask you to complete at this week’s faculty meeting. Feedback from this survey will give us insight on the types of programs faculty want and need to be the best they can be.

CTLE is very small as it is in the beginning stages of existence. Therefore, we ask for your cooperation, your understanding, and your patience as we grow and mature. Meanwhile, please share with us some of the things you would like to see CTLE do this year. Perhaps you have taught at other institutions with similar programs. Share the types of programs and services you experienced there. Tell us your thoughts and opinions so that we can work toward making this year beneficial for everyone.


  1. You can start with (helping faculty with) Middle States assessment. That is crucial to our survival. The Center needs to figure out what it can do in that regard. Secondly, I hope you can figure out a way to help people with some form of teaching assistantship or a creative substitute, particularly with the use of technology in the classroom. Sometimes one cannot find the time to do everything one wants to do, even when one has the knowledge and expertise.

  2. One of the things that I think we might consider is how the TLE overlaps with other Lincoln entities devoted to similar concerns, like the Faculty Development Committee and the grants that committee oversees. It would be nice if there were more coordination and communication there, to prevent redundancy and perhaps enhance the activities of both.