Teaching Effectiveness and Enhancement Committee

Dr. Ken Rhee

 Faculty Professional Development Opportunities

Small Changes...Lasting Impact  

Dr. Ken Rhee, Chair of TEEC
Faculty Senate




                             BROWN BAG SESSIONS

              [no registration necessary; flyer information here]
Sensitive Topics in the Classroom
January 27th SU 108 Noon-1:30pm
Join us for a discussion on addressing sensitive topics in the classroom. We will chat about trigger warnings, student dis/comfort in the classroom, how to talk about sensitive topics, and the importance of presenting material from different viewpoints.

Promoting Cultural Competence:
Engaging with International Students

February 25th SU 108 Noon- 1:30pm
Join your faculty colleagues for dialogue with representatives from the International Student and Scholar Services Office. We will brainstorm strategies to promote cultural competence in the classroom, and better engage international students with their academic endeavors.

Mindfulness and Renewal
March 16th UC 414 Noon-1:30pm

Practicing mindfulness can guide renewal of self as well as renewal of teaching practices. Join us for a discussion of contemplative practices and learn how they may be integrated with regular course content across all disciplines.


                                FACULTY WORKSHOPS
                               [registration flyer/form here]

Flipping the Classroom

February 10, 2pm – 4pm, GH 240
February 11, 2pm – 4pm, GH 240
Flipping is just one way that technology is enhancing learning! This session will provide participants with the opportunity to learn with and from colleagues who have tried flipping their classrooms. First, we will describe the nature and pedagogical purpose of flipping a classroom. Next, in small- and large group discussions, we will share advantages of flipping, such as the opportunity for faculty to learn more about student learning styles and the chance for students to become more active and self-directed in their learning. On the flip side, we will also discuss disadvantages to flipping a classroom, including the time consuming nature of preparing a flipped classroom, the fact that every course may not benefit from flipping, and that student reactions can be mixed.
From the discussions, we will generate a list of recommendations and insights about flipping and share this list with all participants.

Broadening Students’ Horizons
Cultivating multiple perspectives, social objectivity, and global thinking

April 6, 2pm – 4pm, GH 240
April 7, 2pm – 4pm, GH 240
Faculty members hope university graduates will appreciate multiple perspectives, demonstrate social objectivity, and act with global thinking. Getting students to that point, however, isn’t always an easy task, and faculty’s roles in that process aren’t always clear.
This workshop will explore the importance of instilling meta-competencies in our students, and examine approaches, activities, and assignments that can help students broaden their horizons.

To register for one of the upcoming workshops, please complete the attached flyer/form information and then send it to Amberly Nutini (Business Academic Center, BC 385) by campus mail, or complete the attached flyer/form and click send as an email attachment to: hurstam@nku.edu

Attend any of these faculty development sessions and be entered for a chance to win a Kindle Fire

Teaching Effectiveness and Enhancement Committee

  • Aimee Krug
  • Stephanie Klatzke
  • Jennifer Stansbury Koenig
  • Christopher Lawerence
  • Boni Li
  • Philip McCartney
  • Kenneth Rhee (chair)
  • Gannon Tagher

                       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

Past Presentations:
TEEC October Presentation to Faculty Senate

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.