Innovation Luncheon Celebrates Teaching and Learning at Wayne State
Over eighty Wayne State University faculty members gathered at the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Luncheon held on Wednesday, March 22, 2016 in the Student Center Ballroom. The event brings together WSU instructors and senior academic leaders to celebrate excellence in teaching and learning and share pedagogical strategies for active student engagement. Continuing the year’s focus on assessment, the program had three parts: goal setting, formative assessment, and summative evaluation. First, Provost Keith Whitfield addressed participants about goal setting by asking participants to focus on what matters most in teaching at WSU. Whitfield emphasized that what may have worked 10 years ago may no longer be sufficient and that new strategies are called for in today’s classrooms. Second, Professor Andrew Feig, Associate Dean in the Graduate School announced the 2017 SSTEPs Fellows. The National Science Foundation-funded SSTEPs Grant Program supports department level teams to work on exploratory pedagogical projects designed to transform undergraduate STEM education. And, third, Associate Professor Robert Aguirre, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), presented the 2016-2017 CLAS Teaching Award winners. The annual event, hosted by the Office for Teaching & Learning, “showcases the range of great contributions to good teaching taking place every day on our campus,” said Mathew Ouellett, Associate Provost and Director of the Office for Teaching and Learning.