Teaching Effectiveness and Enhancement Committee

Dr. Ken Rhee

Faculty Professional Development Opportunities

Small Changes...Lasting Impact  

Dr. Ken Rhee, Chair of TEEC
Faculty Senate

   2014 TEEC  Brown  Bag  Sessions!
Mark  Your  Calendar
Drinks will  be  served

Transdisciplinary (Fill in the Blank)

October 6th at 12pm
SL  221
Transdisciplinary ­‐Fill  in  the  blank. Whether  it’s  teaching,  research,  program,  etc.,  it’s  time  for  faculty  to  get  together to explore  what  the transdisciplinary concept is  really  about  and  discuss  what  we  can  do  to  foster  or  cultivate  more  transdiciplinary learning  & teaching  across  the  university.

Grant  Writing
October  28th at 12pm
SL  221
Grant  Writing  Think  Tank  –bring  your  lunch  and  your  research  interests  to  a  conversation  dedicated  to  thinking  through  grant  writing.  Small  groups  will  engage  in  dialogue  targeted  to  the  needs  of  who  shows  up,  but  could  include  conversations  around  readiness  for  grant  writing,  revising  applications  based  on  feedback,  writing  compelling  narratives,  building  support  for  your  concept  with  community/university,  or  managing  logistics  post-­‐award.

Classroom  Management:  How  to  Create  Productive  Learning  Environments
November  19th at  12pm
SL  221
What  are  the  important  components  of  effective  classroom  management?  How  to  management  a  classroom  with  increasing  diversity  in  students’  background?  Join  us  for  a  brown  bag  lunch  to  discuss  and  share  techniques  for  effective  classroom  management

Assessing  Teaching  Effectiveness
January  29th at  2pm
SL  221
How  is  teaching  effectiveness  assessed  at  NKU?  Our  Handbook  states  that,  the  quality  of  teaching  should  be  evaluated  as  objectively  as  possible,  based  on  a  range  of  criteria.  It  then  lists  seven  criteria  and  twenty–five  ways  to  document  teaching  effectiveness.  Are  we  following  the  guideline?  Is  this  helpful?  Are  we  also utilizing the data  collected  by  the  online  student  evaluation  effectively  in  our  assessment  of  teaching  effectiveness?


Teaching Effectiveness and Enhancement Committee

  • Kimberly Weir
  • Stephanie Klatzke
  • Jennifer Stansbury Koenig
  • Christopher Lawerence
  • Lili Ma
  • Philip McCartney
  • Kenneth Rhee
  • Gannon Tagher

TEEC October Presentation to Faculty Senate

                       Information Concerning Your TEEC

In September, TEEC conducted a survey of the faculty requesting input on plans for upcoming professional development opportunities. We received over 170 responses to the survey and excellent feedback. The following report summarizes the responses to the survey.


Over 69% of the respondents were aware of the TEEC workshop offerings and 40% of total respondents have attended a workshop at one point or another – many have attended multiple times.   80% of the respondents thought we should continue to offer workshops.

We also received many ideas on what we can do to attract more faculty to future workshops.  Those ideas related to scheduling, topics, alternative formats, and better communication.  We plan to review them and implement related improvements.

TEEC Newsletter

52% of the respondents were aware of the TEEC newsletter and 64% of those respondents read it at one time or another.   Suggested topics involved both skill areas (e.g., communication, leadership, professionalism) and students’ learning.  More relevancy for junior faculty was also suggested.  We will continue to publish the newsletter and include articles on the areas of interest identified by the survey respondents.

Teaching Resources Whitepapers & Video Bank

56% of respondents thought they would be likely to use or access whitepapers on best practices in teaching.  49% noted they are likely to use or access videos on best practices in teaching.

Suggested themes for whitepapers include:  pedagogical methodologies, scholarship of teaching and learning, classroom techniques and management, skill building, service learning, student segments (freshmen, international students), assessment, and grading. 

Information about TEEC

TEEC is a faculty senate subcommittee focused on teaching effectiveness and enhancement.  Its mission and purpose is to help faculty improve their teaching in ways that ultimately adds to students’ success. 

The TEEC newsletter began publication in January of 2013.  We plan to publish two issues per semester (Available on the faculty senate website). Each issue contains 5 sections: scholarship of teaching and learning, a faculty spotlight, a technology tip, a teaching tip, and a student spotlight.  These articles are designed to relate to all teaching faculty, part time and full time, and new and seasoned professors alike.

Want more information about TEEC?  Have an idea for a workshop, newsletter piece, whitepaper or video? 

Email TEEC: TEEC@nku.edu

Course Evaluation FYI

Newly Revised Preamble and Questionnaire

The NKU's on-line course evaluation can now contain customized questions created or selected by faculty. Please use the following instruction PDF link to customize your course evaluation.