Teaching Circles

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What is a Teaching Circle?

At UCCS, Teaching Circles are groups of 4-8 faculty members who meet at least four times during the semester to discuss readings and activities related to their teaching. Materials and stipends are provided to Circle participants.

“Neither a committee nor a social group...They are safe places for learning, exploration, change, and accomplishment at various levels. Effective Teaching Circle meetings are marked by creative discourses on problems of and solutions for difficulties in teaching.”

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Center for Excellence in Teaching

Would you like to join a Teaching Circle?

Teaching Circle calls for applications are sent early each Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Meetings are then negotiated via scheduling polls.

The following Circle is scheduled for this year:

Fall 2019

Powerful Teaching Circle

Faculty in this teaching circle will read the book Powerful Teaching by Pooja Agarwal and Patrice Bain. During meetings, we will discuss ways to integrate ideas from the book into our teaching practice.

The following Circles were held in the past:

Fall 2018

Small Teaching Circle

This Teaching Circle will include a discussion of the book Small Teaching by James Lang, including ways to implement evidence-based suggestions into classroom activities.

Spring 2019

Reading about Reading

What role does reading play in our courses? What assumptions do we make when we assign reading to our students? This Circle will read relevant scholarship about college student reading and discuss ways to engage students in course readings.

Would you like to start a Teaching Circle?

Any faculty member who has participated in a Teaching Circle is invited to start one on any topic. Facilitator stipends, funds for materials, and participant stipends are available. Contact Michelle Neely for information about the parameters for starting your own Circle.


Last updated September 3, 2019
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