During June Luncheon, Provost Shares Vision for Promoting Teaching Excellence
During a luncheon with department heads at the Schreyer Institute, Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones shared some of his vision on how to promote teaching excellence.
In addition to his suggestions, he asked the group for their thoughts on how to “elevate the role of teaching in a strategic way.” The group discussed ideas on how to do this in both word and deed, such as referring to teaching as an “opportunity” instead of a “load;” continuing to find ways to promote balance when it comes to teaching, learning and service; and encouraging teaching even while serving as an administrator. The group also discussed ways to provide quality learning experiences for all Penn State students, such as by offering an array of options for students to take classes from recognized researchers/teachers or offering more opportunities for undergraduates to do research.
It was a pleasure to bring together the Provost and department heads to further the conversation about teaching excellence.