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2019 Undergraduate Faculty Development Workshop

1700 Richmond Hwy
Arlington, VA 22202 United States

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Assignments are powerful teaching tools, and their design is one of the most consequential intellectual tasks that faculty undertake in their work as educators. Yet that work is often private and unavailable for collegial exchange and knowledge building. The charrette—a term borrowed from architecture education, denoting a collaborative design process—will be an opportunity to talk with other faculty interested in trading ideas about the design and use of the various tasks, projects, papers, and performances we set for our students.

Thoughtfully designed assignments can support learning centered curricular and pedagogical reform and create clearer, more powerful pathways for students. And for faculty, working together on the design of assignments has turned out to be a powerful professional development experience.

ASPPH will host a faculty development workshop on Tuesday, March 19, preceding the Undergraduate Public Health and Global Health Education Summit. The workshop, facilitated by Dr. Susan Albertine (Senior Scholar, AAC&U), will be an interactive assignment-design charrette based on a process developed by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).

The charrette aims to:

  • stimulate ideas about how to strengthen the assignment/curriculum/approach/assessment you bring to the session,
  • help participants think together about how assignments can be intentionally linked to important course, program, and institutional learning outcomes—in ways that create more coherent pathways for students, and
  • open up a productive “trading zone” for discussion about teaching, learning, and assessment.

Workshop registrants will be asked in advance to submit an assignment they would like to share and work on. This might be a draft assignment, one that has worked well but may be in need of a “refresh” or one that has not worked as hoped. New this year, beyond individual assignments for a course, we also encourage registrants to consider submitting assignments designed to meet curricular or program outcomes such as scaffolded research or writing assignments, senior capstones, or case-based work. Other potential topics might include assignments incorporating aligned assessment or assignments designed for work with students as partners.

We encourage registrants to communicate with Susan/Liz in advance regarding the work they would like to address at the workshop. We intend to organize working groups to meet the interests of participants. As in the past, workshop participants will engage with other faculty in small groups.  Reference material will include the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP), and the ASPPH Recommended Critical Component Elements of an Undergraduate Major in Public Health, and selected AAC&U VALUE Rubrics.

Following the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to share their revised assignment and continue the conversation.  Additionally, participants are encouraged to submit their final assignments to NILOA’s assignment library, which provides a searchable online library of collegiate-level course assignments in a wide variety of academic disciplines that link to one or more proficiencies in the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP).

  • Registration Fees (Registration Closed)

    Registration closed Friday, March 8. Onsite registration is not available for the 2019 Undergraduate Faculty Development Workshop.

    • Early Registration (through 1/18/19): $175
    • Regular Registration (1/18 – 2/22/19): $200
    • Late Registration (2/23 – 3/8/19): $225
  • Accommodations

    The reservation deadline for group rate at the host hotel, the Crystal Gateway Marriottwas Friday, March 1.

    An additional room block is available until Friday, March 8 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott’s sister property, the Crystal City Marriott at $256/night plus tax (13.25%). The Crystal City Marriott is one block from the Crystal Gateway Marriott and can be accessed via the Crystal City Underground. Note: the hotels have similar names and are served by the same free airport shuttle from Washington Reagan National Airport.

    Crystal City Marriott Overflow Group Link