The Collaborative produces a diverse, regularly evolving calendar of events for faculty and staff to acquire and share information, resources, and ideas for creative and effective teaching in disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts.
The Collaborative hosts at least one book club each semester. These book clubs provide an opportunity for both faculty and staff to come together and discuss a common reading. While not all books are explicitly linked to the scholarship of teaching and learning, the Collaborative endeavors to choose books that inspire the types of conversation and critical thinking we want in our own classrooms. We always welcome book suggestions.
The Collaborative supports early career faculty through events tailored specifically to their unique needs. These events are offered in addition to the other resources and programming created for faculty in their first few years at Trinity. These events are only open to early career faculty.
The Collaborative sponsors an ongoing series of noon-time presentations and discussions to highlight learning and teaching at Trinity. These faculty-led, peer-to-peer exchanges provide an informal setting to discuss work-in-progress, solicit feedback, highlight pedagogical strategies, review research on learning and teaching, and more. Trinity faculty interested in presenting a High Noon Luncheon should contact the Collaborative staff for more information.
The Collaborative organizes an invited scholars series designed to bring faculty together with scholars from outside of Trinity to discuss different topics related to teaching and scholarship. The format for these events is dependent on the topic and speaker; previous events have taken the form of presentations, workshops, and even class visits. We anticipate that the scholars’ time at Trinity will stimulate a rich exchange of ideas and resources that complements our current work.
The Collaborative offers instructional workshops focused on teaching and student engagement. These workshops provide faculty an opportunity to share ideas in a multi-disciplinary context and to consider summary findings represented in the literature. The series is designed and facilitated by staff of the Collaborative. Trinity faculty members are encouraged to suggest ideas for future workshop topics and/or formats.
The Collaborative offers, throughout the school year, stand-alone events and opportunities to support Trinity’s teaching community and to provide timely information on current topics in higher education. These events range from academic software demonstrations to our regular polyglot poetry reading.
The Collaborative offers regular writing retreats open to any and all Trinity faculty and staff. Hosted in our Sandbox, these partial and full-day events provide faculty and staff with the opportunity to write individually (on whatever writing they want to work on) while surrounded by a community of equally dedicated writers.
Each month, the Collaborative emails out a newsletter of our upcoming events. We also post a copy on our Collaborative TLEARN page. If you are a Trinity faculty or staff member and did not receive (or cannot find) our newsletter, please contact Tom Jenkins (tjenkins [at] trinity.edu). Please note that many of our events require a RSVP at least a week prior to the event, to allow for food orders.
If you would like to know more about an event that was previously hosted in the Collaborative, please contact Katherine Troyer (ktroyer [at] trinity.edu). Additionally, some of our events are recorded to provide access for those unable to attend the live event.
The Collaborative welcomes any and all suggestions for future events. If you have an idea for a workshop, special event, or possible speaker that you believe would enrich the teaching and learning of our Trinity faculty and staff, let us know!