Teaching Network for Early Career Faculty

Extended: Applications accepted for this cohort program through September 26, 2021. (see below)

About 

Teaching Network: faculty member talking to student

The Teaching Network for Early Career Faculty is a cohort-based program for faculty who consider themselves new, or relatively new, to teaching at GW. This year, group sessions will meet online. In February, peer reviews of teaching will be according to each participant's preference for in person or online classroom visiting.  

Typically, in the fall semester, we meet four times as a group to discuss and practice pedagogical techniques; feel free to lunch while we meet. Topics addressed include:

  • how to structure a class period
  • increasing student motivation
  • facilitating vibrant class discussions
  • transparent assignment design
  • collecting and evaluating feedback
  • tips for effective and efficient grading
  • creating and using rubrics

...as well as your questions and concerns!

In the spring, there are repeated opportunities to give and receive feedback on your teaching. We set up a process for classroom visits by your network peers so that you can give and receive specific feedback. Then, you will have the opportunity to apply what you learned and receive additional feedback.  Visits will be scheduled around your availability and class schedule. We celebrate the end of the year with a culminating graduation gathering.

Benefits

Teaching Network: professor pointing at whiteboard

Extensive feedback from faculty indicates that most successful instructors are not born teachers. Rather, they develop confidence and ease in their teaching with coaching and feedback from a supportive network.  With this in mind, this program provides: 

  • Six months of support for teaching
  • A community of faculty peers from across GW
  • A letter of completion for tenure and promotion packets, upon successful completion of all program aspects
  • Automatic acceptance into the Course Design Institute in May
  • A copy of Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (2016) by James M. Lang
  • Great conversation and socializing

Learning Objectives

Block quote from 2017-2018 participant: "Participating in the network during my first year as a faculty member provided a vital source of support and critical guidance."

By being part of the Teaching Network cohort, faculty will be able to:

  • Develop engaging and well-paced class sessions
  • Create assignments that are clearer and more motivating for students
  • Identify active learning techniques for their classes
  • Give and receive feedback on their classroom teaching with faculty peers
  • Discuss ways to evaluate their own teaching and to interpret course evaluations

Eligibility

This program is offered free of charge to all GW faculty who considered themselves to be early career. Since concepts in this program will build on each other, it is very important to the peer review process that everyone to agree to attend all sessions. If you know already that you will need to miss a session, please let us know so that we can work things out.  Please keep in mind that the Instructional Core offers additional workshops and consultations if you are unable to commit to the network at this time.

Location, Dates, and Time

Location: Online

Dates: Six 2-hour sessions (designated Tuesdays, 12-2 pm), plus classroom visits.

  • September 28
  • October 12
  • November 2
  • November 16
  • January 25
  • February - Classroom visits scheduled for peer review
  • March 8

Time: 12-2 pm

Apply Here 

Please fill out your application here. You will be notified by September 17.

Alumni

Click here to see a list of faculty who have participated in the Teaching Network since its inception in 2017.