Teaching and Learning
Bridgewater State believes in its faculty and librarians and their lifelong pursuit of excellence. A variety of faculty development programs and initiatives are offered through the Honors Program and the Office of Teaching and Learning.
The Honors Program offers regular faculty development workshops designed to support faculty in teaching honors courses and mentoring honors theses. With its small class sizes and motivated students, the Honors Program offers faculty the opportunity to pilot innovative pedagogies. The program also offers course enhancement grants that permit greater creativity in and outside of the classroom. For more information about this program, please visit the Honors Program Website or contact the office at 508.531.1378.
The Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) provides exceptional support to faculty and librarians for innovation in teaching and learning through offerings such as workshops and consultations with individuals and departments. In addition, the OTL team organizes the most relevant information on pedagogy, academic technology, and other related topics to make them accessible and useful for those who teach, facilitate and support teaching at Bridgewater State.
OTL offers funded opportunities for faculty and librarians to develop their courses, methods and philosophy of teaching, to participate in teaching conferences, and to pursue the scholarship of teaching and learning, including:
- Summer Teacher-Scholar Institute: our signature five-day intensive workshop led by and for faculty and librarians with tracks that focus on writing and pedagogy. Participants receive stipends half upon completing the institute and half upon submission of their changed materials during the following academic year.
- Travel Grants are awarded for expenses related to conferences with teaching-focused sessions.
- Faculty Learning Communities and Teaching Circles are supported for faculty discussions and related professional development.
In addition, with our team of three Teaching & Learning Faculty Fellows, we offer strictly confidential classroom observations and 20-minute student focus groups. We also partner closely with our campus’s 18 other professional development initiatives such as the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship and Research (CARS).
To learn more about support for teaching and learning at Bridgewater State University, please contact the OTL’s director, Dr. Roben Torosyan, at email@example.com or 508.531.2435.
OTHER FACULTY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES
The OTL team also supports faculty coordinators and associates who lead other faculty development initiatives:
- First-Year/Second Year Seminars (FY/SYS):
First Year Seminars introduce students to academic thought and discourse while the Second Year Seminars engage students in a specific academic area of interest and provide them with the opportunity to reinforce, share and interpret knowledge. One way in which they might do that is through engagement with the outside world. Faculty are encouraged to teach these courses and are given small grants for supplies (books, videos, etc.) and other course development activities (travel, etc.). Other resources (e.g., podcasts, sample syllabi and rubrics) are made available to all faculty. (Beginning September 1, 2014) To learn more about the First Year Seminar Initiative, please contact Dr. Anne Doyle, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-531-1781. To learn more about our Second Year Seminar Initiative, please contact Dr. Melanie McNaughton at email@example.com or 508-531-2167.
- Part-time Faculty Development:
Bridgewater State University is committed to providing part-time faculty with meaningful opportunities for professional development and support that are designed to meet the unique needs of part-time faculty. Through part time faculty development, we aim to establish a university culture that values, promotes, and rewards meaningful professional growth. The coordinator for part-time faculty works closely with the OTL team, the part-time faculty advisory board, college deans, and department chairs to a) perform course observations and focus groups for part-time faculty, b) assist part-time faculty in taking advantage of professional development opportunities on campus, and c) identify and meet other part-time faculty development needs.
To learn more about the Part-time Faculty Development initiative, please contact the Part-time Faculty Development coordinator, Dr. Karen Richardson, at Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-531-2067.
- Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum (QuAC):
Numeracy, or quantitative literacy, is the ability to confidently handle numbers in everyday situations. Yet while our world has become more number-driven, adult numeracy skills in the U.S. lag significantly behind the rest of the developed world. Because practical number skills are critical to the coursework, careers, and civic engagement of all students, regardless of major, it will take nearly all of us in higher education to share in solving this challenge.
Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum (QuAC) is a faculty-driven program supporting quantitative literacy at Bridgewater State University. QuAC's mission is to increase student and faculty engagement and success with numbers in all disciplines of higher education, in order to increase our graduates' financial security, their access to the highly-skilled workforce, and their informed citizenship.
To learn more about the QuAC initiative, please contact the QuAC coordinator, Dr. Matt Salomone, at email@example.com or 508-531-2216.
- Service Learning
Service Learning is a teaching methodology that utilizes community service as a means of helping students gain a deeper understanding of course objectives, acquire new knowledge, and engage in civic activity. In contrast, Community Service/Volunteerism is an experience that connects the student with the community to address a community need. The experience allows for the exchange of energy and knowledge between the student and the community, but does not apply to specific course content or clarify specific theoretical concepts.
To learn more about BSU’s Service Learning initiative, please visit our Website or contact the Service Learning Coordinators, Dr. Kevin Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-531-2442 or Professor MaryBeth Tobin at email@example.com or 508-531-1489
- Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC):
Writing is central to the ability to communicate, to learn, to engage with others, to think critically, and to achieve academic excellence. The Writing Across the Curriculum program at BSU recognizes the importance of writing to education and is motivated by a commitment to student achievement. One of the main tenets of WAC is that learning to write is a lifelong process, a process that cannot take place in a single course or a single semester but extends across a student’s academic career and beyond. It is the mission of WAC to aid faculty and students in this process and to encourage the commitment to writing across the campus through workshops, discussion groups and co-sponsored events with other faculty development programs.
To learn more about the WAC initiatives, please contact the WAC coordinators, Dr. Lisa Litterio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508.531.2183 or Dr. Sarah Wiggins at email@example.com or 508.531.2018.