Presented by Ron Weerheijm, Rotterdam UAS, Gregory O’Dea, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Marike Lammers, Saxion UAS, Karin Boer-Truijen, Saxion UAS
October 14, 2016
How can we help honors teachers to deepen their skills?
Four discussion topics, discussed and worked out in four groups of teachers/staff. Findings, practices and dilemma’s written down on posters, wrapped up and presented to each other:
I. What is the biggest step one can take in their honors faculty development?
- An idea about honors:
* the step from content to skills (writing, reading, speaking, critical thinking, multi-disciplinary collaboration,
* out of comfort zone,
* dare to give freedom to faculty and students,
* real dialogue,
* real involvement,
* globally focus,
* experimental focus
- Unifying team and voice by:
- Program, strategic workshop:
* broad issues,
* with external experts,
* bottom up,
* using students (energy, ideas, support)
II. Why is faculty development a delicate subject to discuss with faculty or why might faculty resist?
- I have a PHD!!!
- What’s development? Something lacking or to improve?
- What’s in it for me?
- Is development a team effort?
- Lack of servant leadership (authority)
III. What makes honors professionalization/development really professionalization/development for honors?
- Student centered
- Students as teachers
- Taking development into account
- Understanding culture
- Meeting passion of faculty members
- Taking risks
IV. What are good practices in motivating faculty in their honors professionalization?
- Duty / drive / inter- and collective consciousness
- Focus group, survey’s, how can we support?
- Involve faculty in discussion of mission statement or competencies
- Incentive, evaluation
- Provide lunch (max 1 hour)
- Ask colleagues from other institutions focus on behavior in honors class
- Share information about honors students
- Honors faculty also responsible for design honors faculty development
- Observation (video) faculty in action and video analyze
- Pedagogy project, observation and discussions with faculty (not about performance)
- Student evaluation, discussion