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What does the Collaborative do?

The Collaborative for Learning and Teaching is a support center on campus for Trinity faculty and teaching staff to find resources and learn more about teaching in higher education. We offer talks, workshops, and consultations on a wide range of topics in teaching and learning. We bring in outside speakers and pedagogy experts to support the work of our faculty. We also host events to highlight the amazing and innovative teaching happening across campus.

 

What resources does the Collaborative have for faculty?

The Collaborative boasts a range of resources to support the work of Trinity’s faculty and teaching staff, including two full-time staff with whom you can consult on pedagogy topics; a library of books on teaching and learning in higher education; event series on teaching such as our High Noon Luncheons and Invited Scholars series; programs to support teaching such as Tigers as Partners and our Pedagogy Workshops; and grants to support course and assignment design, and travel to teaching-centered conferences and events. You may find our full list of programs and events here. Finally, you may reserve the Collaborative classroom for teaching and curriculum-related events and meetings.

 

How can I get involved?

A list of our programs and events can be viewed here. You are welcome to RSVP and attend any event that piques your interest -- even those outside of your primary discipline! You can also get involved by participating in Tigers as Partners or by applying for a teaching grant.

 

Does the Collaborative participate in Promotion & Tenure?

The short answer is no--and this is by design. The Collaborative is intended as a space of support, experimentation, and collegiality. Any consultation you request is entirely confidential, and does not become part of any departmental record. 

That said, the staff members of the Collaborative can review any teaching material you intend to submit as part of your P&T file and will help you to craft and contextualize your teaching narrative. Our current director has experience as both a department chair and member of the P&T commission, so is especially well equipped to give feedback on such narratives.

 

Can I send students to you for learning support?

No, the Collaborative works first and foremost with Trinity faculty and teaching staff. The only exceptions are our Tigers as Partners student consultants, who work with Trinity faculty and are supported by our center. For student learning support, head next door to Student Success!

 

Can I come to you for research support?

The Collaborative does not currently offer formal support for disciplinary research. However, we are happy to support any teaching research projects (formal or informal) through providing research materials through our library, sharing references based on our knowledge of the scholarship of teaching and learning, and offering peer review. We may also be able to suggest possible publication venues.

In addition, we will soon be hosting semi-regular Faculty Writing Retreats for you to spend some focused and distraction-free time working on writing (teaching-related or otherwise). Keep on the lookout for an upcoming announcement of those retreats.

 

Do you only support particular disciplines? Are your events discipline specific?

Our services and events are open to any Trinity faculty member or teaching staff, regardless of discipline. The staff of the Collaborative can refer you to research on teaching in a wide variety of disciplines, beyond their own disciplinary training. Our library contains interdisciplinary and discipline-specific teaching resources. Our events may be especially relevant to particular disciplines depending on the topic and speaker, but we encourage thinking beyond the constraints of disciplinary boundaries, and our speakers make an effort to focus on techniques and practices that can apply beyond a particular content area. Some events are more specifically relevant than others, so we also try to host speakers and topics from across Trinity’s academic fields.

 

How is the Collaborative connected to the other centers on campus?

There are three formal centers in addition to the Collaborative for Learning and Teaching, all with varied roles on campus.

  • The Center for Experiential Learning and Career Success “bridges the gap between theory and practice” for students by connecting them to internships, volunteering, service learning opportunities, career preparation, and post-graduate employers and experiences.
  • The Center for International Engagement serves as a hub for all international activity on and off campus, including on-campus academic programs, study abroad opportunities, faculty led international programs, and international student recruitment and retention.
  • The Student Success Center, located in the new Tiger Learning Commons right next door, supports students’ thriving academically and socially on campus.

These centers are all primarily centered on supporting and working with Trinity students. This is what sets them apart from the work of the Collaborative which focuses primarily on supporting the pedagogic practices of faculty and teaching staff. However, all four centers work collaboratively to support the campus and goals of the university!

 

How do I reserve the Collaborative space?

The Collaborative space is available for teaching and curriculum related events and meetings. Check out our room reservations page to learn how to make a reservation, what support and resources the space contains, and when the space is free for your use.