Simmons is making progress toward the opening of a new Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) set to launch in summer 2012. The CET is envisioned as a place that will demonstrate and support the College’s ongoing commitment to superb and innovative teaching across all five schools; it also is one of the FY12 funded goals for Strategy 2015, related to enhancements to strengthen the undergraduate college.
Thanks to the work of the 10 members of the search committee, the schedule for the hiring of the new director is on time for center will open in summer 2012.
The search committee conducted research in September and October, looking at teaching centers at other institutions and consulting with staff and faculty involved with them. With the help of the Office of Technology, the search committee held eight open meetings in September for faculty from across the College. The committee also created an email address to receive suggestions and ideas. The committee met with the Student Government Association, Academic Technology, CAS Dean Renée White, SNHS Dean Judy Beal, the directors of Support Services college-wide, the Academic Technology Committee, the acting director of Simmons Online, a Simmons Trustee who has worked with the Teaching Center at the Harvard Business School, and the director of the COF Collaborative Teaching and Learning Center.
In November, the chair and vice-chair of the committee, Margaret Hanni and Gary Bailey, provided an update to President’s Council. During their presentation, they discussed how the CET will provide an opportunity for Simmons to showcase the effective and innovative teaching done here. Though the CET will focus on sharing pedagogy and teaching methods among faculty, it will ultimately benefit students.
The position description for the director is posted to the Provost website. Ads for the position have been placed in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Diverse, and Insight into Diversity. The search firm Korn/Ferry International is assisting with recruitment. The Search Committee plans to hold the first round of interviews in January or February. The interviews will include opportunities for staff and faculty across the college to meet with the candidates and supply feedback.