Future Events

Wait list for Summer 2018 Penn State Course in College Teaching
Facilitated by Mary Ann Tobin and Wideline Seraphin
Monday, 6/4/2018 to Sunday, 7/22/2018,
Online via Canvas and Zoom

Mary Ann Tobin ( Portrait)Wideline Seraphin (portrait)

The Summer CCT has filled.  If you are interested in being placed on the wait list please send and email to site@psu.edu.

The Summer 2018 Course in College Teaching is a free, non-credit, entirely online course beginning June 4 and ending July 22. It is open to full-time PSU faculty of any rank/status.

This six-week, largely asynchronous, online course provides an opportunity for faculty from all disciplines to share ideas and strategies for successful teaching. The course will include discussion and practice based on information drawn from teaching and learning literature, as well as from the experiences of individual participants, allowing participants to explore successful teaching and learning as a collaborative group.

In order to earn the Certificate of Completion participants must:

  • Attend two of three synchronous Zoom sessions: June 7, June 28, and July 12 from 1 – 3 p.m;
  • Participate in all online activities and in five of the six weekly discussions;
  • Successfully complete three certificate assignments (a syllabus, a learning activity, and a teaching philosophy)

Space is very limited and registration is open until May 11, 2018. Contact Mary Ann Tobin at matobin@psu.edu or Wideline Seraphin at wus137@psu.edu with questions.

Graduate students and post-docs may be accepted only if space is available, and must have recent independent teaching experience.

Tribute to Excellence: Through a Photographer's Lens
A photo documentary of teaching & learning at Penn State
Thursday, 9/6/2018, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park

Tribute to Excellence: Through a Photographer's Lens
A photo documentary of teaching & learning at Penn State

Join us at the Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom for hors d'oeuvres and view the photography exhibit. President Barron will offer opening remarks. Provost Jones and Dean Pangborn will be on hand during the event. The photographer, Martin Springborg, will be available to talk about the project, photo-documentaries and photo-essays as a genre and what he and the faculty have learned from the process.

The display shines a spotlight on teaching and learning at Penn State through the lens of a professional photographer who is also a faculty member and an educational developer. Springborg's photo-documentatory tells a story about teaching and learning at Penn State through a series of photographs that capture moments of time in different courses. Each series of photos presents a unique perspective about how teaching and learning happen at Penn State. This documentary work has evolved over time, eventually focusing more sharply on the shared responsibility for student persistence and success through collaborative efforts to improve learning experiences and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. At other institutions, such as CalTech, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, and Brown University, among many others, the photographs have been exhibited in a variety of ways.

The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence commissioned this project in collaboration with faculty and administrators at Penn State Altoona, Berks, DuBois, Harrisburg, Mont Alto, York and University Park.

The Artist

Martin Springborg is a photographer, faculty developer and faculty member in the Minnesota State system of Colleges and Universities. He has worked for more than ten years as a faculty member and as a coordinator of faculty development programs at institutions of higher education. He currently teaches photography and art history and writes about issues related to teaching in Arts courses. One of the subjects he is most interested in is student-faculty collaborative projects and the benefits, both to students and faculty members.

The Project

Martin began the photographic essay, Teaching and Learning, in 2005 while teaching a beginning photography course. He gave his students an assignment: to document, in photographs, their lives and the lives of their peers outside the studio classroom. He also assigned the project to himself. In pursuing this documentary project, he and his students observed and shared the many challenges they all faced in becoming model students and instructors. The result was development of a mutual respect for each other and their workloads. Student photographs depicted the reality of attending multiple institutions, and balancing coursework with employment, home, and what little remained of their social life. Martin's photographs, likewise, opened students' eyes to the many duties faculty have outside the classroom.

As Martin moved on to other positions in faculty development and to teach at other institutions, he continued the project. The images gradually expanded to include staff and administrators as his teaching career began to broaden. This brought to light a vital part of campus work: collaboration. As he continues to work on the project at institutions across the country, the project increasingly focuses on collaboration between the different constituencies within the institutions he visits.