Mentored Discussions of Teaching: An Introductory Teaching Development Program for Future STEM Faculty

Rachael R. Baiduc*, Robert A Linsenmeier, Nancy L Ruggeri

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Abstract

Today’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are tomorrow’s new faculty members; but these junior academicians often receive limited pedagogical training. We describe four iterations of an entry-level program with a low time commitment, Mentored Discussions of Teaching (MDT). The program is designed to introduce participants to pedagogical issues and literature in STEM disciplines and foster related discussions. It consists of group meetings, classroom observations, and discussions with faculty members. Program components were generally highly rated and valuable, even for those with prior teaching experience. We have found that this program is also an effective way to engage faculty members in the teaching aspects of students’ professional development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-254
Number of pages18
JournalInnovative Higher Education
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

Keywords

  • Preparing future faculty
  • STEM
  • Teaching development program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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