Assessment Showcase, 2013

Center News

A word from the Director . . .

The Center for Instructional and Professional Development (CIPD) first opened its doors in 1981 with grant funding from the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID).Since 1996, CIPD has also included the campus Learning Technology Center, founded by Robert Kaleta.

CIPD's evolution over the past 30 years has followed changes in higher education in general and faculty development in particular. In 1981, professional development was based largely in the ideas that teaching need innovation and teachers needed remediation.

In 2013, these ideas are long gone. Teaching, we now understand, improves when teachers apply their considerable intellectual skills to examining and rethinking student learning. Furthermore, individual professional growth and development often works best in a climate of curricular and program development.  

CIPD has kept pace with these changes. We now define the work of professional growth as the process of developing faculty and academic staff capable and willing to inform and implement department, school/college, and campus initiatives. CIPD thus tries to play an important role on campus, avoiding the pitfalls of becoming a place of remediation or a 'boutique operation' for a handful of committed teachers. Looking to the future, CIPD has followed a national trend for professional development centers in becoming more closely connected with campus-wide initiatives. Yet attention to the professional development of individual faculty and academic staff will remain a major focus, especially at an institution like UWM, where new hires may not have teaching experience. Looking ahead, we hope to forge even closer ties with schools/colleges and departments and to continue improving our efforts to make our resources both pertinent and timely to those seeking them.

Congratulations to UWM’s Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars

The 2013-14 Wisconsin Teaching Fellow is:
Lori Klos, College of Health Sciences, Department of Kinesiology

This 2013-14 Wisconsin Teaching Scholars are:
Barb Daley, Administrative Leadership and College of Nursing
Gary Williams, Educational Policy and Community Studies

The outgoing 2012-13 Wisconsin Teaching Fellow is:
Shana Ponelis, School of Information Studies

The outgoing 2012-13 Wisconsin Teaching Scholars is:
Sarah Weller Morgan, College of Nursing

Thanks to all those who applied and congratulations to our recipients!

Recent Accomplishments

  • We welcome the assistance of Professors Bill Keith (Communication) and Dennis Lynch (English). Bill and Dennis will assist instructors and departments in the preparation of courses that will meet the new General Education Competency in Oral and Written Communication (Level B).

  • Connie Schroeder, Ph.D., was selected as the 2013 speaker and organizer of the POD/AAC&U Organizational Development Institute in Atlanta, Georgia: Building the Missing Infrastructure of Higher Education: Developing Centers of Teaching and Learning, Departments, and Instructors as Change Agents.

  • Tony Ciccone, CIPD Director (Emeritus), recently selected as the President of the International Society on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL).

  • Matthew Russell, Ph.D., recently presented a paper and demonstration entitled, “Learning to Think and Create Outside the Box: Using Digital Media in a Blended Theatre Course,” with Rebecca Holderness (Theatre) at the Electronic Visualisation and the Arts conference in London, UK.

Recent Staff Publications

Hutchings, Pat, Mary Taylor Huber, and Anthony Ciccone. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Reconsidered: Institutional Integration and Impact. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Print.

The authors imagine a future “where the scholarship of teaching and learning is not seen as a discrete project or special initiative, but as a set of practices that are critical to achieving the institution’s core goals for student learning and success.”

Schroeder, Connie M. Coming in from the Margins: Faculty Development's Emerging Organizational Development Role in Institutional Change. Sterling, VA: Stylus Pub., 2011. Print.

Recognizing that a necessary and significant change is underway in faculty development, this book calls for centers to merge their traditional responsibilities and services with a leadership role as organizational developers.