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Instructional Support

New Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Workshops normally are held prior to the start of the fall semester. This 2-day workshop presents teaching and learning topics to help new faculty members prepare for their teaching responsibilities and affords an opportunity to meet with other new faculty.

Workshops

The office offers several workshops relating to teaching every year. Recent workshops have focused on teamwork, using technology in the classroom, and using active learning. Tailored workshops can also be provided to specific departments or groups on demand. Upcoming events can be viewed at http://www.engr.psu.edu/leonhardcenter/workshops/.

Guidance on Teaching Effectiveness

Faculty who wish to improve their classroom environments through better pedagogy or the integration of instructional technology may contact the office for consultation and advice. The office provides classroom observations with or without a video record and offers professional feedback on request. When low scores on teaching evaluations or other specific instructional difficulties are encountered, Department Heads may advise the faculty member to seek help and individualized consultation from either the instructional support specialist or the director.

ENGR 888 course and Teaching Assistant Training

All newly-hired teaching assistants (TAs) who are teaching a lab section, a recitation section, or a course must take ENGR 888 (formerly ENGR 588), a one credit course in teaching effectiveness for TA’s offered by either the director or instructional support specialist. For information on ENGR 888, Click Here

In addition to ENGR 888, all new TAs who have responsibilities of grading or tutoring are required to participate in a workshop at the start of semester. The workshop covers tips and hints for grading, working with students, academic integrity, and maintaining a professional attitude as a new TA.