The Certificate IV Program builds on the foundations of reflective teaching to extend these understandings and practices toward a peer teaching and learning community. The Program centers on the development and application of peer observation and feedback skills, and on the development of leadership and discussion facilitation skills. Participants in the Sheridan Center Teaching Consultant Program (Certificate IV) will be active members of a Teaching Consultant community. The Program explores the principles for effective communication, the creation of an environment for inclusive learning, and the continued development of a reflective and reflexive teaching practice to promote improvement of teaching and collegial exchange about teaching and learning. Teaching Consultants (TCs) are trained to apply these core principles to the Teaching Observation, to giving peer feedback, and to leading discussions for the Sheridan Teaching Seminar (Certificate I) workshops. Participants will develop an understanding of evidence-based teaching practices. Skills developed in the Teaching Consultant Program are also broadly applicable to effective communication and facilitation in academic and professional careers. Graduate students who complete all requirements for the program will receive a Sheridan Center Certificate and a notation on their graduate transcript.
Teaching Consultants who successfully complete the Certificate are invited to return in following years as Experienced Teaching Consultants (ETCs). In this role, ETCs will have the opportunity to continue their professional development by participating in the TC community.
In the Sheridan Teaching Consultant Program (Certificate IV) Teaching Consultants (TCs) will:
- Collaborate across disciplines and divisions to discuss approaches to teaching and consulting.
- Develop expertise in conducting teaching observations and giving peer feedback through a formative and reflective process.
- Build skills in facilitating discussions about teaching with diverse, multi-disciplinary groups.
- Articulate and model an inclusive approach to teaching, consultations, and discussion facilitation.
- Articulate and refine their consultation style in order to facilitate formative feedback and improve their own students' learning.
Completion of Sheridan Teaching Seminar (Certificate I)
All requirements must be completed within the course of a single academic year. Make-up workshops and trainings are not offered.
- New Teaching Consultants: Full attendance at all sessions (8 hours, total) is mandatory.
- Experienced Teaching Consultants: Full attendance at Session 1 (2 hours) is mandatory.
- All Teaching Consultants facilitating a Certificate I workshop: Full attendance at Sessions 1 and 2 (4 hours, total) is mandatory. TCs facilitating a Certificate I workshop must also attend a separate, required training session.
- Participants are required to complete a minimum of 8 Teaching Observations.
- Participants may be required to attend a conference with the instructors to discuss the observation feedback they receive, as needed.
- Participants are required to complete a feedback survey at the end of the year.
Due to our arrangement with the graduate school, participants who do not complete the above requirements within a single academic year are ineligible to receive a Certificate or transcript notation.
THE INVITED SPEAKER PROGRAM
Each year, the Teaching Consultants have an opportunity to invite a guest speaker to Brown. This annual professional development event is coordinated by graduate students in line with their interests. Sheridan Teaching Consultants also have the opportunity to participate in a master class with the invited guest.