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SoTL Corner
TEP bases its philosophy and recommendations on the evidence-based research that comes out of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). We feel it is important for the university community to be aware of the important contributions to SoTL, so we have compiled this list of resources. Some of the entries contain direct links to the original research papers, and others are resources from the secondary literature that draw on and refer to the primary literature.  We will continue to add to the list, so check back periodically to see what’s new.[...]

Campus and National Climate: Reporting, Resources, Events
Senior UO leadership and the University Senate have reaffirmed the university’s commitment to “diversity of thought, experience, perspective, culture, and background,” condemned “all forms of discrimination,” and vowed “to work actively to protect and support all members of our campus community” (University of Oregon Leadership Statement, “Support for resolution reaffirming shared values of respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion,” Nov. 17, 2016).[...]

Transforming Education by Design group invites letters from you and your students
A faculty, student, and staff group led by Lisa Freinkel (vice provost and dean for undergraduate studies) and Ron Bramhall (associate vice provost for academic excellence) is coming together to learn from the UO community how they experience teaching and learning here, and about our highest aspirations for undergraduate education.[...]

Taking the Pulse of the Class: Inviting Students’ Midterm Feedback
Week Five marks the halfway point in a course, and it is an opportune time to take the pulse of the class by hearing from students about how the class is going. Taking time to get student feedback now–rather than waiting until the end of the term–allows you to make changes and improvements that may significantly enhance student learning and contribute to a more rewarding experience as a teacher. Even if you don’t make any significant changes, it provides you with an opportunity to discuss with students the how the why of the teaching and learning process in your course.[...]

First-Year Teaching Award Recipients Share their Insights
TEP is pleased to congratulate Erin Hunt, doctoral student in Economics, and Maggie Newton, doctoral student in Philosophy, as recipients of the Kimble First-Year Teaching Award for the 2015-2016 academic year. Named in honor of professor emeritus Dan Kimble, the award recognizes outstanding teaching by graduate student instructors who have demonstrated a commitment to professional development and reflective practice.[...]