This page features current Sheridan Center projects and initiatives. Learn about past projects and initiatives.
Principles & Practice in Reflective Mentorship Program
The Sheridan Center’s Theme for AY2013-14 is Mentorship. We are pleased to launch a new program for graduate students in mentorship skills development. This new program provide funding (up to $7,000, plus a $500 honorarium for the faculty advisor) to teams and pairs of graduate and undergraduate students interested in pursuing scholarly development or in examining research questions in a way that both gives the graduate students opportunities to practice critical mentorship skills and promotes undergraduate students' intellectual development. Furthermore, graduate student mentors receive training in positive mentorship principles and practices during the 2013-2014 academic year. Learn more about this program.
AAU STEM Grant
The Association of American Universities has announced that Brown has been selected as one of eight universities to institutionalize evidence-based teaching in STEM fields. The Sheridan Center will play a key role in this $500,000 project, which addresses mathematical competency among STEM concentrators to prepare students to succeed in interdisciplinary and research-based science courses. The Center will support the implementation of effective teaching practices amongst several STEM departments across Brown and train graduate students. Those departments include Chemistry, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Neuroscience and Engineering.
Departmental Peer Observations of Teaching
In 2013, the Sheridan Center developed Peer Teaching Observation Workshops for department chairs and faculty. This formative process centers on the Center’s approach to peer observation, with an emphasis on the use of collegial peer observation to encourage reflective teaching practices. The workshop models the three components of a teaching observation: establishing a productive dialogue prior to the observation; a comprehensive approach to observation; and a collegial post-observation discussion. The training engages departmental colleagues in a dialogue around teaching and provides faculty with effective language for formative feedback.