What aspects of teaching at the UU do you want to innovate?
I want to introduce lecturers to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as an impetus to approach their own teaching methods and innovations, as well as student learning, as a form of "research". The principles of SoTL offer lots of potential for improving education, but also for enhancing the experience and joy of teaching for lecturers themselves. Building lecturer communities is central to my project. In addition, working with CAT (Centre for Academic Teaching) and the other Teaching Fellows should open up more great opportunities to foster lecturer development.
What does this opportunity mean for you personally?
It is a wonderful recognition of my work, but more importantly, it's a chance to invest even more time and energy in something that is very dear to my heart. I hope to connect with lots of people here and around the world, as well as to advance my own expertise in and research on teacher development.