The annual report is intended to share with Center stakeholders and the broader Saint Louis University community our work and accomplishments over the past year and to serve as a means of accountability for us. Additionally, the annual report also describes important changes within the Center, as well as the scholarly and service contributions of Center staff members. Finally, it provides a means for acknowledging the contributions of the Center's Faculty Fellows, Advisory Board members, workshop facilitators, Certificate recipients, and other important stakeholders. (Note: we consider that the academic year begins on July 1, since most of the work we do in July typically is preparation for the upcoming year.)
2015 - 2016
Spring found Reinert Center staff busy as usual. In March, we hosted the second annual Ignatian Pedagogy Institute, which focused this year on Ignatian imagination and social justice education; a spring faculty panel focused on creative thinking (what it looks like, how to teach students to do it); and the annual Academic Portfolio Retreat. The team also completed a 3-week virtual course on Making Learning Spaces Work, hosted by the Educause Learning Initiative. April brought the Learning Studio Symposium, an accelerated version of the Online Teaching & Learning Institute, and the culminating work for participants completing work in the Certificate Program.
The spring term typically begins with our annual Winter Institute, and this year's event drew a record crowd. We continued our focus on Thinking Critically, Thinking Creatively, launching the spring blog series on what thinking creatively looks like within the various disciplines and ways to teach students to do it. We also opened calls for the next round of Innovative Teaching Fellows, as well as 2016-2017 Reinert Center Faculty Fellowships. Center staff engaged in discussion about ways to make the University more inclusive for all learners, as requested by Dr. Pestello; the fruits of those discussions will inform the development of new web-based resources for faculty and new programs in 2016-2017.
As the fall semester came to an end, the Reinert Center continued its focus on Thinking Critically, Thinking Creatively, with a faculty panel on critical thinking, a Teaching with Technology Forum on Concept Maps for Sparking Critical and Creative Thinking, and with more posts contributed by SLU faculty for our blog, The Notebook. The Center's director participated in a National Science Foundation-funded workshop that invited both teaching center and STEM education center directors to explore avenues for possible collaboration in advancing STEM education reform. We held our first book discussion group specifically for part-time and adjunct faculty members, and we conducted final teaching portfolio review meetings for those completing our Certificate in University Teaching Skills. During the semester break, we held our own staff retreat focused on ways the Reinert Center can align its current/future work with specific elements of the University's strategic plan.
This fall, the Reinert Center launched its new programming theme for the year, conducted the fall Innovative Teaching Fellowship application and selection process, awarded the 10th annual James H. Korn Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, held the second annual SoTL Symposium, along with the usual activities of mid-semester focus groups, Effective Teaching Seminars, and other events.
This summer found the Reinert Center welcoming new staff, saying farewell to departing staff, launching the pilot of a new program, welcoming new faculty to the University, and conducting workshops as part of campus-wide New Faculty and New Graduate Assistant Orientations.
2014 - 2015
2013 - 2014
2012 - 2013
2011 - 2012