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Early Career Teaching Program 2017-2018

The Early Career Teaching Program is designed to assist faculty members and instructional staff early in their careers to develop and enhance their teaching skills and establish a foundation for a lifetime of creative and engaging teaching. Participants attend monthly workshops facilitated by master teachers, who will model and teach a variety of effective pedagogical styles and methods. Participants also work one-to-one and in interdisciplinary small groups with one of the resource teachers (RTs), chosen because of their recognition as superior classroom teachers and their commitment to mentoring others. Participants devote 3 to 4 hours per month to program activities.

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This program is designed for faculty and instructional staff who are in their first five years of teaching at the University of Minnesota and who are responsible for teaching at least one course while enrolled in the program.

Program Structure and Goals

  1. Meet in monthly large group workshops with all program participants to explore important aspects of teaching theory and practice.
  2. With your RT, identify specific pedagogical goals and strategies you want to address to enhance your own teaching.
  3. Meet monthly with your RT and a small group of participants for an in-depth discussion of topics related to teaching that you and your colleagues select.
  4. Acquire a collection of resource materials on teaching that will be useful throughout your career.
  5. Have classroom teaching observed once by your RT and other small group program participants to provide constructive, non-judgmental feedback.
  6. Receive a  $300 professional development stipend upon completion of the program by attending all large and small group meetings (with three absences or fewer).  If you are not employed at the University for the duration of the program, you may not be eligible for the stipend.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be working with colleagues from my academic discipline? To provide a comfortable environment for talking about teaching, each small group is interdisciplinary and your Resource Teacher and small group peers will probably be from other academic fields. The monthly program workshops involve all participants, which could include colleagues from your field.

How much time will it take? This program is designed to work within the scheduling constraints of busy academicians while providing substantial benefits for your teaching.  You can expect to devote 3 to 4 hours per month to program activities.   In addition, department heads or deans are asked to release participants from some service obligations during the academic year of participation.

When do the workshops and meetings take place? 2017-18 Academic Year

St. Paul campus participants for the 2017-18 academic year will meet at the following dates/time:

  • Large group - Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., in 120 Coffey Hall, on Sept. 13, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Jan. 17, Feb. 14, Mar. 21, and Apr. 18
  • Small groups - Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., at a location determined by the small group on Sept. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 29, Jan. 24, Feb. 21, Mar. 28, and Apr. 25

East/West Bank campus participants for the 2017-18 academic year will meet at the following dates/time:

  • Large group - Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., in Suite 400 UOP Room 444, on Sept. 12, Oct. 17, Nov. 14, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Mar. 20, and Apr. 24
  • Small groups - Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., at a East Bank building location determined by the small group on Sept. 19, Oct. 24, Nov. 28, Jan. 23, Feb. 20, Mar. 27, and Apr. 24

How can I join the Early Career program?

Applications for the 2017-2018 Early Career program are currently being accepted. Contact Deb Wingert ( with questions.

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