While faculty can benefit from many kinds of assistance with their teaching, the Bok Center understands that what you need most is a partner to help you think through your goals and ideas, and a support team to help with the challenges of developing new material and experimenting with new modes of teaching. We can help you with course design, with training your teaching staff, and with evolving your classroom practice.
Many of the faculty with whom we speak are eager to design, or redesign, some (or all) of a new or existing course. Undertaking this work can be daunting, requiring hours of solitary effort with a very uncertain reward.
In addition to the advice found in our online resource repository, the Bok team can lower the bar to pedagogical renewal in numerous ways:
- Course Design & Delivery. Faculty who wish to develop and/or teach a course with a team of instructional designers are encouraged to engage Bok's 360 faculty support.
- Gen Ed Consultations. Faculty proposing, developing, teaching, or revising General Education courses are encouraged to take advantage of Bok's enhanced support for Gen Ed.
- Learning Lab. Faculty who wish to experiment with a new modality of teaching—and to have the opportunity to test an activity or assignment on a team of undergraduate and graduate student fellows—may consider launching a project with the Learning Lab.
The Bok Center hosts an annual series of faculty lunch conversations on aspects of teaching and learning. Each lunch is moderated by one or more faculty colleagues, who share their experiences in the classroom and lead a broad discussion of the lessons learned and opportunities for adaptation. The Bok Center follows up with attendees to forward resources that may be of interest in light of the presentation.
Exploratory Seminars offer faculty a focused collaborative space to deliberate the most urgent problems and potentially transformational opportunities in Higher Education. The Faculty Fellows program enables a small number of faculty to focus on interesting and impactful ideas in teaching and learning. The Bok Center provides faculty fellows with the context, human support, and resources to enable them to pursue their projects.
The Bok Center was founded in 1975 as a video laboratory, allowing faculty for the first time to experience their own teaching as if they were a student in their class. Four decades later, we still believe that having your lecture or seminar observed and/or recorded, and then debriefed, by a sympathetic but dispassionate member of our senior staff is one of the very best ways to take stock of your teaching style and to brainstorm ways to expand your repertoire.
The Bok Center encourages all instructors to solicit feedback from their students early and often. There is no need to wait for the end-of-term Q Guide! With the Bok Center's help, you can find out how your students are faring while there's still time to make adjustments. We can help you design a survey or conduct a focus group, and to interpret the results.
The fact that one's teaching, unlike the other spheres of faculty life, is relatively free from the constant scrutiny of peer review can be a relief. But it can also make teaching less social or experimental than it might otherwise be. At the Bok Center we are happy to meet one-on-one with faculty about any teaching-related matter, whether it be how to incorporate pedagogy into a grant application, how to respond to student feedback, or how to teach in a new way or at a new scale.
The Bok Center offers faculty a variety of opportunities to discuss current issues in higher education, including journal clubs and reading groups that meet biweekly or monthly to examine recent literature in teaching and learning.
The Bok Center's Peer Observation Program is designed to provide faculty with a supportive community of colleagues with whom they can share experiences and materials as they develop as instructors. By watching each other teach and reflecting on what they have observed, faculty participants can become more mindful of their own practice and feel more connected to their peers.