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2014 - 2015 PTLA Participants

  • Dr. Sneha Bharadwaj, Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders; mentor Dr. Teresa Starrett, Assistant Professor in Teacher Education
  • Dr. Amy Burke, Assistant Professor in Reading; mentor Dr. Shannon Scott, Associate Professor in Psychology and Philosophy
  • Dr. Dewaynna Horn, Assistant Professor in Management; mentor Dr. Katie Rose, Associate Professor in Family Sciences
  • Dr. Mandy Stewart, Assistant Professor in Teacher Education; mentor Dr. Derek Crews, Assistant Professor in Management
  • Dr. Sandra Westmoreland, Assistant Professor in Biology; mentor Dr. Karen Dunlap, Assistant Professor in Teacher Education
  • Dr. Michael Zanders, Assistant Professor in Music; mentor Dr. Laura Trujillo-Jenks, Assistant Professor in Teacher Education

Fall 2014 PTLA Meeting Schedule

  • Monday, September 8  |  9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 8  |  12 - 4 p.m.
  • Monday, November 10  |  9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Purpose of the Academy

The purpose of the Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy (PTLA) is to provide expert peer support and a forum for growth/enhancement in teaching and learning. The Academy will provide education and development activities for face-to-face (F2F), hybrid, and online teaching and learning practices. The PTLA experience includes introductory activities in teaching development, learning theory, and curricular innovation. The activities will then be supported by meetings over the course of the academic year. Participants, known as the PTLA Scholars will each be paired with a Mentor. This dyad, will also be supported by personnel from the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology for the duration of the Academy experience. The team will collaborate to transform teaching and learning practices of the Scholars and disseminate their projects to colleagues.

The Academy will offer faculty the opportunity to:

  • Explore current trends and research on teaching and learning
  • Meet and network with TWU units dedicated to teaching and learning
  • Transform personal teaching practice
  • Meet and interact with others passionate about teaching
  • Design and conduct research on personal teaching and learning
  • Discuss issues of teaching and learning in a supportive environment
  • Provide additional support to help other participants improve teaching and learning

This program will help create a culture supportive of the scholarship of teaching and learning at TWU and will enhance the teaching skills of individual faculty members.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

PTLA Scholar
All full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will be selected with the expectation that the faculty members will continue in service at the University for at least one academic year after the conclusion of the program.

PTLA Scholar Selection Criteria:

  • Interest in teaching enhancement
  • Interest in sharing teaching and learning strategies with others and developing a sense of community
  • Analysis of strengths and weaknesses related to teaching and learning
  • Description of how PTLA can support improvements in teaching and learning practices
  • Participation in TWU faculty development offerings
  • Record reflecting success in research publication and presentation
  • Other scholarly work

PTLA Mentor
PTLA Mentors will be selected from a pool of tenured and tenure-track faculty members. Application for membership in the pool requires completion of the application materials plus submission of at least two of the following:

  • Evidence of primary instructor of record of a discipline-specific course on university teaching
  • Recipient of a TWU award for distinction in teaching
  • Letter of recommendation from the current Department Chair/Dean
  • Written explanation about teaching effectiveness and interests

PTLA Mentor Selection Criteria:

  • Evidence of scholarly record of publications and presentations about teaching and learning
  • Description of interest(s) in teaching and learning
  • Interest in teaching enhancement
  • Analysis of strengths and weaknesses related to teaching and learning
  • Specific expertise that will contribute to the successful mentoring of a Scholar
  • Interest in sharing teaching and learning strategies with others and developing a sense of community
  • Inclusion of additional information as detailed in eligibility requirements
  • Other scholarly work

Time Commitment

Applicants who are chosen to participate will be required to do the following:

PTLA Scholars

Requirements during the PTLA year:

  • Attend kickoff Academy activities (TBD) in Denton 
  • Attend regular PTLA meetings during Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 (schedule TBD)
  • Attend regular dyad meetings during Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 (schedule determined with Mentor)
  • Permit access for two observations of teaching practices by assigned Mentor 
  • Develop a plan to investigate their teaching practices
  • Attend conferences/workshops on teaching and learning
    • Report to the group on information learned at conference
  • Present a faculty development session to the TWU community (Faculty Spotlight, Brown Bag, etc.)

Requirements following the PTLA year:

  • Present at the Teaching and Learning Symposium or a professional conference on some aspect of their teaching
  • Present one faculty development session to the University community (Live to the Desktop co-presented with Mentor)
  • Submit a written report to the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology

PTLA Mentors

Requirements during the PTLA year:

  • Attend kickoff Academy activities (TBD) in Denton 
  • Attend regular PTLA meetings during Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 (schedule TBD)
  • Attend regular dyad meetings during Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 (schedule determined with Scholar)
  • Conduct a minimum of two observations of PTLA Scholar's teaching
  • Communicate with and support PTLA Scholar
  • Coach one PTLA Scholar to successfully develop and implement a teaching development plan
  • Attend conferences/workshops on teaching and learning

Requirements following the PTLA year:

  • Present, with the assigned PTLA Scholar, to the TWU community about some aspect of teaching and learning
  • Submit a written report to the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology

Development for PTLA Scholars and Mentors

PTLA Scholar ($2,000)

  1. Registration and travel to teaching and learning conferences,
  2. Specialized certifications related to teaching,
  3. Third-party courses to improve teaching skills and techniques, and
  4. Purchase of specialized materials to support teaching and learning.

PTLA Mentor ($1,200)

  1. Registration and travel to teaching and learning conferences,
  2. Specialized certifications related to teaching,
  3. Third-party courses to improve teaching skills and techniques, and
  4. Purchase of specialized materials to support teaching and learning.

How to Apply/Questions

The application process is closed for the 2014 - 2015 PTLA program. 

The Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy is sponsored by Academic Affairs, the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology, the Office of Undergraduate Studies & Academic Partnerships, and the Graduate School.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology at TLT@twu.edu or 940.898.3409.

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