Similar teaching/learning centers are common
in major research universities, which train teaching assistants.
At HPU, we have no teaching assistants, but our TLC is a significant
investment that supports continuing knowledge acquisition and
skill development in our faculty.
Michael Dabney, a long-time instructor of biology at HPU, is
the Center’s director. He and Sandra Meyer, the administrative
coordinator, describe the TLC’s mission as “opening
conversations about teaching and learning.”
The TLC creates ways in which faculty can learn from each other,
and it prompts reflection, innovation, and enhancements to teaching
practice. Faculty turn to the Center for private consultation
about teaching and learning. Here they can utilize an ever-enlarging
array of teaching resources in the Center’s library of
books, periodicals, and videotapes.
Workshop offerings include HPU’s homegrown “Introduction
to Successful Teaching,” an all-day session which immerses
participants in a spectrum of varied teaching strategies and
highlights the needs of contemporary college students.
Throughout the semester and the year, the Center provides a forum
for faculty to share their scholarship, their research, or their
teaching practices with colleagues, from their own and other
departments. These Roundtable Presentations are reinforced with
publication of a quarterly journal of faculty scholarship and
pedagogy; faculty-run Book Discussion Clubs; and a teaching grants
and awards programs.
TLC hosts other special events such as the twice-yearly Faculty
Scholarship Day and New Faculty Orientation, and it also hosts
guest faculty speakers from other universities.