Last week, I attended the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network    conference in San Francisco. In conjunction with an upcoming issue of To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development, Cassandra Horii and I presented on creative scholarship in educational development. We used the Teaching and Learning Project as an example, and invited several contributing authors (all amazing, brilliant, and talented) from the upcoming issue of TIA to present their own examples of creative scholarship. If you are in the field of faculty/educational development, you’ll want to look for their work when the new issue of TIA comes out in June, 2016:

  • Natasha Haugnes, Academy of Art University: “Don’t Box Me in: Rubrics for Artists and Designers”
  • Laura Cruz, Western Carolina University: “The Scholarship of Educational Development: A Taxonomy”
  • Jonathan Rossing, and Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis: “Improv(ing) the Academy: Applied Improvisation as a Strategy for Educational Development”
  • Larry Lesser, University of Texas at El Paso: “The Use of Song to Open an Educational Development Workshop: Exploratory Analysis and Reflections”

Our goal for the session was to introduce the idea of creative scholarship to our colleagues in the field. Thanks to our colleague Derek Bruff, director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, for participating and making the amazing sketch notes (used here with permission) at the top of this post!

In a few days, I head to Charlottesville to work with Michael Palmer and the staff at University of Virginia’s Center for Teaching Excellence. I’m excited to add another institution to the Teaching and Learning Project and look forward to seeing the innovative ways in which the work will be put to use at UVA! Photographs from that visit will be posted here in the next week or so.