Faculty Development

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Overview of Services:

The Faculty Development program connects professors at Lehigh with resources on teaching and learning, and with information about faculty research. Faculty Development events include:

  •     Workshops on topics such as use of small groups in the classroom, lecturing successfully, cooperative and collaborative learning techniques, and use of Course Site to enhance a course.
  •     Faculty-led seminars based on books about teaching, learning, and the academic life.
  •     Workshops by nationally known consultants on specific teaching and research topics.
  •     Consultations or short seminars on a range of teaching topics.
  •     Assistance with course development questions, including advice on the effective incorporation of academic technology into courses.
  •     Live video-conferences on teaching and learning.
  •     Teaching, Learning and Technology presentations.
  •     Funding for faculty attendance at teaching conferences: the Lilly Conferences on College Teaching and annual American Association of Higher Education conferences, and other state and national conferences.


Lehigh faculty may contact Greg Reihman to request that any of the following workshops to be held in their departments.  The workshops can be offered in a one hour or a two hour format.  Individual faculty may also arrange a one-on-one or small group meeting to discuss the same topics

What CITL Offers.  A brief overview of the services offered by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, designed for presentation at a department meeting.  (10-15 minutes)

Principles of Effective Teaching. Designed primarily for new faculty or teaching assistants, this workshop focuses on some of the fundamentals of effective teaching.

Principles of Excellent Teaching. Designed for more experienced teachers, this workshop discusses some of the characteristics shared by excellent college teachers and offers suggestions for achieving excellence in the classroom.

Active Learning. Students learn best when they are actively engaged in class.  But what counts as active learning? What can teachers do to create active learning environments?  Do these processes work in lecture?  This workshop presents information about active learning and works with faculty to develop appropriate, discipline-specific techniques that lead to the best sort of learning.

Inclusive Teaching. Participants will leave this workshop having (a) learned some practical instructional approaches that will help them reach more of the students in their classrooms and (b) acquired a broad understanding of the ways inclusive pedagogies can benefit both instructors and students. 

Effective Assessment. Teachers typically have an intuitive sense of what their students are learning, but many now seek more reliable, systematic ways of assessing student learning.  This workshop presents a variety of  tools for teachers who want to improve their own teaching, for their own sake or as part of an accreditation practice.

Fostering Great Discussions.  Small seminars or dicussion sections present a tremendous opportunity for high-quality conversations, but faculty are often frustrated when the conversation either feels sluggish or does not go deep enough.  In this workshop, we discuss ways to establish the conditions for these discussions and explore techniques that initiate and sustain great conversations.

Course Design and Redesign.  In some cases, the primary obstacle to student learning may be found in the design of the course itself.  This workshop invites faculty to rethink the way they structure their courses, to reconsider the assignments that students are given, and to revisit the premises about teaching and learning that lie behind their courses.

Teaching with Technology: Getting Started. Want to employ new instructional technologies, but not sure where to begin or how to proceed?  This seminar recommends a step-by-step approach to instructional technologies and offers help in getting started.

Teaching with Technology: Advanced Practices. For faculty already familiar with basic instuctional technology, this seminar presents suggestions for more advanced uses.

Classroom Observations

Dr. Gregory Reihman, Director of Lehigh's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, also provides confidential, voluntary consultation to faculty about their teaching, which may include classroom observation visits, videotaping of class sessions, and discussions about what these observations show. Dr. Reihman is also available for informal mid-semester evaluations in classes, using standard questions or specific questions provided by the teacher of the class.  Contact Greg if you are interested.

Books on Teaching and Learning

Both the Lehigh libraries and the Faculty Development Program have books and videos on many topics related to teaching. A list of available books is available both in hard copy and online.