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.)
2014 - 2015
We concluded the academic year as we typically do - with our spring Certificate Ceremony, our annual May Event, and our annual Online Teaching and Learning Institute. We also awarded our Try It! Summer Mini-Grants for a third consecutive year to promote pedagogical innovations across the University. Finally, in June, Dr. Debie Lohe, the Center's director, helped lead the week-long Institute for New Faculty Developers, sponsored by the POD
Network in Higher Education; as a member of the faculty, Debie helped mentor over 120 professionals from across the U.S. and six other countries who are new to the field of educational development.
Typically a busy time of year in the Reinert Center, this spring was no exception. In addition to hosting many workshops, conversations, and Effective Teaching Seminars, we launched a new annual program focused on Ignatian teaching, selected new Reinert Center Faculty Fellows and Innovative Teaching Fellows, and co-sponsored a four-day intensive workshop on dialogic teaching methods. April also featured our fourth annual Learning Studio Symposium. This activity report presents just a small glimpse into the work of the Center during March and April.
The new year has continued the high pace of activity we started in the fall. The annual Winter Institute kicked off the spring term by asking faculty participants to consider the multiple formats in which we teach our students. Additionally, we are piloting a new series of mini-workshops to support graduate students and faculty (especially those new to teaching) in honing foundational skills for instruction, Teaching Essentials. We opened the call for Innovative Teaching Fellowship applications, conducted several workshops, and February marked the start of mid-semester focus group sessions.
As fall turned to winter, the Reinert Center continued its focus on our theme for the year, Teaching Today's Students, hosting several workshops and conversations and featuring new material on our blog. Responding to the immediate needs of our community, we co-hosted a day of workshops focused on diversity and inclusion in the classroom.
The heart of the fall semester is always a busy time in the Reinert Center, with many mid-semester student focus groups, Certificate Program workshops, and invited workshops and conversations. Additionally, it is the time of year when we hold the annual ceremony for the James H. Korn Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award. This year, the award ceremony coincided with our first-ever SoTL Symposium - an event we plan to offer again next year.
As usual, the Reinert Center spent July and August reflecting on the past academic year's activities, preparing for the new year, and welcoming new faculty and graduate students to the University. Center staff participated in New Faculty Orientation and New Graduate Assistant Orientation; conducted multiple invited workshops and individual consultations; and welcomed new staff to the Center.
2013 - 2014
2012 - 2013
2011 - 2012