Salve hosts retreat for CTL professionals from 20 New England colleges and universities

NEWPORT, R.I. – More than two dozen higher education professionals representing 20 colleges and universities throughout New England recently participated in a professional development mini-retreat at Salve Regina University that focused on strategies for improving institutional Centers for Teaching and Learning (CTL) that support faculty in their work to enhance and deepen student learning.

Organized and hosted by Jameson Chace, director of faculty development and associate professor in Salve’s department of biology and biomedical sciences, and Carole Currie, director of Salve’s Center for Teaching and Learning, the event was held at the Young Building. The day-long workshop endeavored to build relationships, share successes, challenges, information and ideas, plan for the future, and create a vision for ongoing support.

The retreat was facilitated by Edward O’Neill, Ph.D., an expert in academic technology solutions who has supported faculty development at Stanford University, the University of Southern California and Yale University.

Among the topics discussed were promoting faculty “buy-in” amidst busy workloads, managing funding and time restraints, developing resources, improving communication and internal branding, and balancing teaching/learning with other faculty demands such as research, scholarship and other creative pursuits.

“Participants were overwhelming in their praise of the retreat and are looking forward to the 2nd annual event in July 2018,” Currie said.

Salve’s CTL helps faculty integrate new technologies into their teaching, explore different pedagogical approaches, and connect with other faculty members with similar teaching interests or concerns. It provides one-on-one consultations to determine learning goals and match tools to the goals, hands-on training in software applications, and workshops and guidance in using technology to make teaching more effective and improve student learning outcomes.

“Our CTL works under a model of continuous improvement to serve faculty and their students by promoting pedagogical growth and scholarship among faculty throughout their careers,” Currie said.