Teaching Well Newsletter

Fall 2017, Week 4


Teaching Fellowship

2017-18 Fall, Week 4 Teaching Fellows  2017-18 Fall, Week 4 Teaching Fellows (2)










Congratulations to the 2017-2019 Teaching Fellows:  Lucas Cordova and Jessica Luebbers.

The purpose of the Excellence in Teaching Fellowship Program is to provide faculty and teaching staff with advanced teaching and professional development opportunities to become excellent teachers.  This two-year Teaching Fellowship is sponsored by the Commission on College Teaching (CCT).

Selected Teaching Fellows will have the opportunity to:

  • further advance their teaching through mentorship, professional development, research, peer collaboration and leadership opportunities;
  • upon successfully meeting program requirements after year one of the program, Fellowship participants will receive a $1,000 award (transferred into department budget).  


OTET Workshop Graduates

2017-18 Fall, Week 4 OTET Workshop Graduates


Congratulations to the September graduates of the Oregon Tech Excellence in Teaching Workshop:

Bobbi Kowash, Dongbin "Don" Lee, Krista Beaty, Josh Millard, Erin Cox, Tonja Willey, Barry Canaday, Jesse Kinder, Dawn Taylor, Robin Schwartz, Monica Breedlove, Jesse Chaney, Terri Torres, and Darlene Swigart. 

This five-day hands-on practicum provides Oregon Tech educators with an opportunity to work with their peers to learn pedagogy models and improve their teaching abilities.   Participants who complete the workshop earn an Excellence in Teaching Certificate from the Commission on College Teaching.  Prior worship graduates, Addie Clark, Jessica Luebbers and Michal Kawka served as mentors to guide this year’s peers through the process. 

Contact:  CJ Riley or Sharon Beaudry


Help us upgrade the Teaching Talks!

The Commission on College Teaching is excited to announce a new TED-style format for the 2017-18 Teaching Talks, coming soon this winter term.  Help us plan for this event by telling us what you’d like to learn about…

One Question Survey:  https://oit.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8pEAYbQBkgT9kQ5

Contact:  Aja Bettencourt-McCarthy or Travis Lund


OTET Conference Highlight

2017-18 Fall, Week 4 OTET Conference Highlight 


OTET Conference Book: Being Wrong

 2017-18 Fall, Week 4 OTET Conference Book

Do you want more of “Being Wrong”, this year’s CCT faculty book, or are you simply curious what all the fuss is about?  Check out the author, Kathryn Schulz, in her TED Talk “On Being Wrong”:

 Link: https://www.ted.com/talks/kathryn_schulz_on_being_wrong

Contact:  Aja Bettencourt-McCarthy


Call for Fall Term Grant Proposals!

 2017-18 OTET Innovation Teaching Grant 

Contact:  Aja Bettencourt-McCarthy or Travis Lund


From the Students

 2017-18 Fall, Week 4 Student Cindy Reed

Cindy Reed
Double Major: Biology- Health Sciences & Population Health Management
Hometown: Klamath Falls, OR
Athlete: Track & Field with Cross Country

Students come here because they know Oregon Tech professors are here to teach.  This week, for example, a prospective student asked a group of students and I, “What is great about being a student here?”  Everyone in the group responded, “The professors, because they are here to teach”.  Professors deserve recognition, as top-level students and athletes already do.  The creation of the Excellence of Teaching awards is just the start of a future of professor recognition by students.  That being said, students are also very excited about research opportunities and making a difference while at Oregon Tech. Community projects, research projects with professors, and senior projects tend to challenge students, but also seem to be the highlights of their academic college careers.  Although we may have a reputation for being a teaching school, students deeply value their time spent working with professors as well.  I am excited to aid the CCT in using student perspectives to make helpful decisions for both students and professors across this institution.

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