The Sheridan Center Teaching Consultant Program is a semester-long learning community in which graduate students and postdocs develop and refine skills in peer workshop facilitation and learn how to document their own reflective teaching practice through creating a teaching portfolio. 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 facilitate workshops and micro-teaching sessions for the Sheridan Teaching Seminar (Certificate I), and teaching-focused workshops for graduate TAs. 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. In addition to the Certificate, Teaching Consultants receive a $400 award for successfully completing the program. Experienced TCs will receive a $500 award.
As the program is a workshop-based learning community that incorporates hands-on active learning principles, in-person attendance is required at all sessions. We are unable to accommodate participation via Skype or other video or phone conferencing technology. Consultants are further required to gain facilitation experience through facilitating a peer workshop section for the Sheridan Teaching Seminar (Certificate I) and/or facilitating micro-teaching sessions and peer workshops for graduate TAs during the semester. If you are unable to commit to attending all sessions and serving as a facilitator, please see the Sheridan Center website during the academic year for our flexible professional development workshop options, which include workshops on teaching statements and portfolios.
In the Sheridan Teaching Consultant Program, participants will:
- Collaborate across disciplines and divisions to discuss approaches to teaching.
- Build skills in facilitating discussions about teaching with diverse, multi-disciplinary groups.
- Build skills in providing peer feedback on teaching in micro-teaching sessions.
- Articulate and model an inclusive approach to teaching and discussion facilitation.
- Develop a reflective teaching statement.
- Create a teaching portfolio.
- Develop consulting skills around the preparation of teaching statements and portfolios.
All sessions are held from 4-6 pm on the following Mondays at the Sheridan Center:
09/17/18: Session 1a: Facilitation Skills and Training
10/01/18: Session 1b: Facilitation for Peer Workshops
10/22/18: Session 2: Intro to Teaching Portfolios
11/12/18: Session 3: Teaching Statement Peer Workshop
12/10/18: Session 4: Portfolio Peer Workshop
Sheridan Teaching Seminar Workshop Facilitator Dates
All workshops and required pre-meetings are held from 4:30-7:10 pm on the following Mondays:
Session 1: 09/24/18
Session 2: 10/15/18
Session 3: 11/05/18
Session 4: 12/03/18
Completion of Sheridan Teaching Seminar (Certificate I)
Requirements for New Teaching Consultants
- Full attendance at all sessions.
- Facilitation of a Sheridan Teaching Seminar (Certificate I) peer workshop section and facilitation of a peer micro-teaching session or peer TA teaching workshop.
- Submission of completed teaching portfolio to the Sheridan resource library.
- Completion of post-program feedback survey.
Participants who do not complete the above requirements within a single academic year are ineligible to receive a Certificate, transcript notation, or award funds.
Requirements for Experienced Teaching Consultants
- Facilitate either a Certificate I workshop or micro-teaching sessions and peer TA teaching and professional development workshops.
- Attend sessions 1a and 1b (as appropriate) as an experienced TC/facilitator.
- Serve as a peer consultant during sessions 3 and 4 to provide feedback on new TC draft teaching statements and portfolios.
- Conduct two Teaching Observations during the Fall semester.
- Complete post-program feedback survey.
Participants who do not complete the above requirements during the Fall semester are ineligible to receive award funds.
Please note, the Sheridan Teaching Consultant program is designed as a small, intensive learning community. As such, enrollment is limited and application-based.
Criteria for selection will include:
- Ability to complete all requirements above--including session attendance and facilitation*
- Statement of interest
- Satisfactory past performance**
*Priority will be given to participants who are available to facilitate a Sheridan Teaching Seminar (Certificate I) workshop.
**For returning Experienced TCs