February Director's Message

The spring semester is for us in the Drake Institute a month of new beginnings with the new year. We—along with the Office of Academic Affairs—welcomed new faculty to campus at our January New Faculty Welcome event, and we have already launched our Spring programming that includes nearly three dozen professional learning opportunities on topics ranging from inclusive teaching, course (re)design, and effective feedback to contemplative pedagogy, trauma-informed teaching, assessment, sustaining cultural and linguistic diversity, and a whole host of DEIJ and GTA Toolkit topics. (Visit the main page of our website for our semester calendar.)

We also turn our attention in January to supporting instructors as they begin a new term, consulting with dozens of graduate students completing teaching portfolios for the Graduate Teaching Associate Award (GATA), and scheduling SGIDs to assist instructors in gathering, interpreting, and creating evidence-based approaches in response to student midterm feedback.

This semester also sees the launch of our new monthly writing retreats.  Instructors and staff working on projects related to teaching and learning may join Institute consultants and colleagues for concentrated writing time. Whether developing course design portfolios, completing grant applications, drafting proposals for SoTL studies, composing assessment reports, or revising article manuscripts, the sessions are an opportunity to gather in person (or virtually) to think and write.

And . . . with the new year comes looking forward . . . and application deadlines!

Drake Institute Affiliate Program Applications due Feb. 14

Our mid-year application window for affiliate and senior affiliate standing is open now through 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14. We invite you to join the 33 affiliates already contributing substantively to the mission ofthe Drake Institute. They engage in instructional, course or curricular design or redesign and other Drakepedagogical initiatives impacting student success. They conduct their own research on or support institute teaching and learning research initiatives. Those of you looking for an even deeper engagement with the institute may consider applying for Senior Affiliate status. Senior affiliates facilitate or lead institute orenterprise level programs and initiatives with broad scope, strategic impact, and policy or researchimplications. Individuals with an established body of work in pedagogical studies, SoTL, or DBER may benamed Senior Affiliates.     Review application guidelines and learn more here

2022-2023 Research & Implementation Grant Proposals due February 28

Proposals for our 2022-2023 Research & Implementation grant program will be accepted through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, February 27, 2022. Each year, the Drake Institute supports through this grant program the scholarly teaching, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) or Disciplinary-Based Educational Research (DBER) of full-time instructors across all campuses of the university. The institute also provides support during the proposal process and a peer advisor for each funded project. In the past three years, the institute has awarded nearly 40 R&I grants totaling nearly $250,000. 

I hope that the new year and spring semester brings you to the institute—whether virtually or in person. We look forward to our continued work with you all.