Graduate students in the departments of Anthropology, Biology, and Communication and Culture are invited to participate in a special, year-long program to prepare for their roles as future faculty members. The Indiana University Collegium on Inquiry in Action, funded by the Teagle Foundation, will accept up to 4 graduate students from each department to join twice-monthly meetings about teaching and learning theory and practice. This is a rare opportunity to join a supportive and inquisitive community of teacher scholars who share their classroom goals and challenges with colleagues within their own department and from across campus.
Each meeting of the Collegium will be based on readings and written responses to some of the most interesting and challenging literature on teaching and learning. Reading topics will include memory, motivation, scaffolding, learning transfer, how experts differ from novices, signature pedagogies, and assessment. In particular, the Collegium activities will focus on ways to revise and assess teaching practices so that they take advantage of what we know about how people learn. Graduate students (“Collegium Fellows”) and faculty mentors will coach each other as they try out new ideas. Each Collegium Fellow will summarize his or her thinking for the year in a written course portfolio suitable for job search situations. In addition, fellows will have access to special publication and presentation opportunities. The program itself will be assessed and any generalizable results will be shared with others outside the program who may be interested.
Requirements and activities will include:
· readings from the relevant literature for each meeting
· sharing reading responses with all participants via Oncourse
· two class visits by a learning sciences specialist, and formative, reflective interviews with him
· a written course portfolio of about 10 pages completed by May 15, 2010.
You are eligible to apply if you have received an AI award for both Fall and Spring semesters of the 2009/10 academic year from the departments of Anthropology, Biology, or Communication and Culture and if this is not your first year teaching for the department. Participation in the program will require at least 10 meetings between September and May on Wednesdays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM.
No credit toward your degree will be awarded for participation. However, people chosen as Collegium Fellows will receive a total of $2000 in two installments.
If you wish to apply to participate in this study, please mail or email the following materials by May 1, 2009 to Katherine Kearns at Campus Instructional Consulting, Franklin Hall 004, Indiana University, or email@example.com.
1. a 1-2 page letter of interest that expresses why you want to participate in the project, what you would like to work on in your teaching, and what strengths you would bring to a collaborative group.
2. the signature of endorsement from your major professor or director of graduate studies on the Approval Form for Major Advisors (attached)
a short application questionnaire (attached).
If you have any questions about the Collegium, please view the project web site (http://sites.google.com/a/indiana.edu/iu-teagle-collegium/) or contact:
Katherine Kearns at Campus Instructional Consulting, 855-9023, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Robinson in CMCL, 855-4607 or email@example.com
Melissa Gresalfi in Learning Sciences, 856-8328 or firstname.lastname@example.org
April Sievert in Anthropology, 856-5108 or email@example.com
Mimi Zolan in Biology, 855-6694 or firstname.lastname@example.org