University of Michigan (and a few other things)

This is my first post in a while – mainly because I took some time off over the summer to finish a book with a couple dear colleagues (more on that later), and because the beginning of fall is always incredibly busy with getting new classes up and running. I’m now on my way to my favorite academic event of any given year – the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education Conference. Since it’s in Montreal this time, I have some quality airport time to catch up on non-teaching things. So, the following are some photography-related things I’ll be working on this year.

First, I’m very excited to be heading off to work with the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Teaching and Learning staff next week. I’ll be making photographs to document the work being done both within and outside of classrooms in the institution’s Foundational Course Initiative.

Later this academic year, I’ll be working with the staff at Brown University’s Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. I will also be making photographs at Brown, documenting their Teaching Fellows Program.

I just learned that my longtime collaborator on the Teaching and Learning Project, Cassandra Horii and I will be giving a pre-conference workshop at the 2018 International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED) Conference. Our workshop, “Harnessing the Power of Photographs for Educational Development and Institutional Change,” will explore the stories that photographs tell about institutions and help participants develop methods for incorporating photography into their practices.

IMG_0585To round out the year, I’ll be working with Penn State University’s Shreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence as they host a celebration of teaching and learning. The event is scheduled for spring of 2018 and will feature a retrospective of the Teaching and Learning Project work I’ve done there, paired with faculty members’ writing about their teaching and learning practice.

That plus some teaching should keep me on my toes most of the year. I’ll post about that aforementioned book as it is released (early spring?), as well as various work with institutions throughout the year. I’m now off to practice that French I haven’t used since college. Au revoir!