Sheridan Teaching Consultant Program

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION 

The Sheridan Center Teaching Consultant Program is a yearlong learning community in which graduate students, and postdocs develop and refine skills in peer observation and feedback, leadership, and discussion facilitation. Building on the foundations of reflective teaching explored in the Sheridan Teaching Seminar (Certificate I), participants will continue to develop an understanding of evidence-based teaching practices, explore strategies for creating inclusive learning environments, and train to conduct Teaching Observations and facilitate workshops for the Sheridan Teaching Seminar (Certificate I). Participants will also develop and articulate a teaching statement, create a portfolio to document their teaching and professional development, and develop consulting strategies around these materials.

Each year, Teaching Consultants also have the 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 have priority registration for a master class taught by the invited guest.

Skills developed in the Teaching Consultant Program are broadly applicable to effective communication and facilitation in academic and professional careers. Graduate students who complete all requirements for the program within a single academic year will receive a Sheridan Center Certificate and a notation on their graduate transcript.

Teaching Consultants who successfully complete the Certificate may apply to return in following years as Experienced Teaching Consultants (ETCs). In this role, ETCs have the opportunity to continue their professional development and develop additional peer mentorship skills.

Teaching Consultants are compensated for time spent conducting Teaching Observations and facilitating workshops. Please see the applications below for New and Experienced Teaching Consultant compensation rates for the current year.

As the program is a workshop-based learning community that incorporates hands-on active learning principles, in-person attendance is required at all six sessions. We are unable to accommodate participation via Skype or other video or phone conferencing technology. If you are unable to commit to attending all six sessions, please see the Sheridan Center website during the academic year for our flexible workshop options.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

In the Sheridan Teaching Consultant Program, participants 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 students' learning.
  • Develop a reflective teaching statement.
  • Create a teaching portfolio.
  • Develop consulting skills around the preparation of teaching statements and portfolios

PREREQUISITE

Completion of Sheridan Teaching Seminar (Certificate I)

REQUIREMENTS

All requirements must be completed within the course of a single academic year. 

  • Full attendance at all six sessions is required for all Sheridan Teaching Consultants (12 hours, total) *
  • Completion of eight Teaching Observations within the 2017-18 academic year is required for new Teaching Consultants (ETCs should plan to complete a minimum for four TOs)
  • Completion of pre/post program feedback survey
  • Participants may be required to attend a conference with program instructors to discuss the observation feedback they receive, as needed.

*Participants may miss one (and only one) Spring session, provided they attend a make-up workshop on April 23; 4-6 pm. Due to their timely nature, no make-up workshops are available for Fall sessions.

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.

APPLICATION

If you are applying for the Teaching Consultant Program for the first time, please complete this form.

If you are applying to return as an Experienced Teaching Consultant, please complete this form.

Criteria for selection will include:

  • Your participation availability**
  • Statement of Interest
  • Satisfactory past performance***

**Workshop facilitation at New TA Orientation and in the Sheridan Teaching Seminar (Certificate I) is optional for TCs. However, priority will be given to participants who are available to attend separate trainings and facilitate peer workshops for these programs. TCs are compensated for their time at the rate listed in the application.

***for returning Experienced TCs