Faculty Opportunities and Resources

Educational and Professional Development:

Workshops are frequently held for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. Visit our events page to learn about upcoming workshops.

Peer Learning Assistants (PLAS):

PLAS are undergraduate students selected by the faculty member to facilitate teaching and learning activities that might otherwise be difficult for the faculty member to carry out by him/herself. Experience at other institutions and in several First Year Intensive Seminars (FYIs) and other introductory level courses at Clark has shown that PLAs are most useful in facilitative roles, e.g. giving students feedback on early drafts of writing, leading small group discussions, working with individual students who are having difficulty, facilitating group project work (in or out of class), and/or facilitating online discussions on CICADA. Because they are undergraduates, as is the practice at Clark, PLAs do not grade student work, and they generally do not have the content expertise to serve as substitutes for graduate teaching assistants. PLAs are paid per hour from federal work-study funds or from other institutional funds, or some choose to take academic credit (e.g. independent study or directed reading) for their work. PLAs generally work about 10-15 hr/wk. CETL offers assistance in redesigning your course to incorporate the inquiry based learning that PLAs can help to facilitate.To discuss how PLAs might help improve your students' learning, please contact Mary-Ellen Boyle.

Are you considering using a PLA in your courses?

Teaching Consultations:

We offer confidential individual teaching consultations to anyone who teaches at Clark, including full time and part time faculty and graduate teaching assistants. Consultations are typically requested when an instructor has a specific teaching area in which s/he has questions or wishes to improve, but can also be requested for more general teaching feedback. A consultation typically begins with a meeting to determine your interests and needs and to review your course. If you wish, we may proceed to one or more classroom observations, with written feedback provided, and/or continue with additional meetings. Other possibilities include, but are not limited to, videotaping your class and reviewing your student ratings. You make the decisions, and we tailor the consultation to your needs and available time. Most importantly, the consultation is completely confidential. Unless you choose to share information or reports with other people, no one else will ever know that the consultation took place, let alone its content or results. Consultations are done by Mary-Ellen Boyle.

Understanding FERPA's implications for your teaching:

see the materials from a session, presented by a nationally recognized expert, that lead faculty through the complexities of complying with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. LeRoy Rooker discussed basic definitions, regulatory implications, HIPPA, implications for new technologies, law enforcement records and much, much more.

Conferences Attendance:

There are a number of local and national conference and workshops on effective teaching and learning. Please check out our External Events page for a listing. Please note that if you are interested in attending, CETL can provide partial funding.