Activity and Annual Reports
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. This most recent report provides an in-depth view of the Center's work during the 2012-2013 academic year, which includes progress toward our current Strategic Plan. (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.)
2013 - 2014
In what may be our busiest May/June on record, the Reinert Center hosted / co-hosted several programs, including the 11th annual May professional development event for faculty and staff; a week-long version of our Online Teaching and Learning Institute; and a 3-day workshop on writing across the curriculum. Additionally, we awarded 27 certificates at the spring ceremony for our Certificate Program, bringing our total for the year to 40.
Spring is always a busy time of year for the Reinert Center, and this spring was busier than ever. Even while we were not fully staffed, we were conducting a large number of workshops, conversations,consultations, and student focus groups. We undertook two selection processes, both for our Innovative Teaching Fellowships and our more traditional Reinert Center Faculty Fellowships.
In spite of the cold and snowy winter, the Center's start to 2014 was as busy as ever. Our theme for the year - the art and science of learning-came alive at the Winter Institute in January, in spite of a snowy morning rush hour commute. Add to that a five-Friday version of our Online Teaching and Learning Institute, numerous other workshops and consultations, and the beginning of the mid-semester focus group season, that makes for a busy winter.
The second half of the fall semester was busy as we finished up mid-semester student focus groups, celebrated the 2013 James H. Korn Award winners, and reviewed portfolios and awarded certificates for those completing the Certificate in University Teaching Skills. Several members of the Center staff presented at the national conference for teaching center professionals. In December, we also said farewell to Michaella Thornton, who left SLU for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at St. Louis Community College, Meramec.
The heart of the fall semester is always a busy time for Center staff. This year was no exception: we kicked off the newly-revised Certificate in University Teaching Skills (CUTS) program requirements and added new CUTS programming (including the Teaching with Technology Forums described below and a new reading group for CUTS participants; we heard from more than 500 students in mid-semester focus groups; we contributed to UMSL's regional Focus on Teaching & Technology Conference, and facilitated workshops and conversations on teaching for several different departments and schools/colleges.
As usual, July and August found Reinert Center staff gearing up for a new academic year. In July, we welcomed Erin Solomon (Psychology) back for her second year as a Graduate Assistant, and we welcomed new GAs, Elisabeth Hedrick-Moser (English) and Jacob Van Sickle (Theological Studies). In August, we were invited to facilitate several workshops at campus-wide orientation events for new faculty and new teaching assistants. Throughout the summer, Reinert Center staff also were invited to facilitate several college-level retreats on topics like developing online degree programs and fostering deeper student and faculty engagement in the classroom. During this period, we also finalized the revisions to the Certificate Program, offered the Online Teaching and Learning Institute, and participated in Walk to Madrid for the third year in a row.
2012 - 2013
2011 - 2012