Building Faculty Capacity for 21st Century Teaching

Building Faculty Capacity for 21st Century Teaching is a faculty-led, continuous professional development model strengthening evidence-based teaching. The initiative integrates four components: emerging knowledge of how people learn, opportunities to test and apply knowledge, ongoing peer advisement and coaching support by a faculty development specialist.

SEPCHE is privileged to work with Dr. Chris Jernstedt, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Founder of the Center for Learning Outcomes at Dartmouth College. Dr. Jernstedt’s research expertise focuses on all aspects of human learning and the factors that impact learning. His research interests span the learning sciences, quantitative measurement, instructional design theory and evaluation research. Dr. Jernstedt’s work has been covered in The New York Times, Discovery Channel Canada. He continues to consult widely with corporate, health care, nonprofit and higher education organizations.

In Building Faculty Capacity for 21st Century Teaching faculty engaged in the following activities:

  • Learning about the learning sciences.
  • Applying this to an aspect of teaching or faculty work and employing metacognitive techniques to gather data about the question.
  • Coaching support with Dr. Jernstedt.
  • Contributing to shared learning within and across institutions.

SEPCHE is deeply grateful to The Teagle Foundation for enabling:

Organizational Process:

  • Faculty proposal form. Each semester faculty were invited to submit proposals to an innovation fund. CAOs then reviewed and made awards as a committee.
  • IRB review request.  Neumann VPAA and Teagle Project Leader Gerard O’Sullivan met with IRB Directors at all eight SEPCHE institutions to inform them of project goals and to request expedited review at the beginning of the project. All agreed that a letter request accompanying faculty research projects associated with this initiative would draw attention to projects requiring expedited review.
  • Final reporting requirements. Each project was required to submit a final or interim report outlining their research process, what was learned and suggestions for collective improvement.
Resources generated through this effort: