OTL Conference Room (Anderson Academic Commons 345)
The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article (February 11th, 2018) titled “Most Professors Hate Post-Tenure Review. A Better Approach Might Look Like This” describing the DU post-tenure review process. A corner stone of the DU approach to faculty development is the Peer-To-Peer (P2P) conversation which faculty are encouraged to host every three years. The art of deeply listening is both a practice and a natural skill anyone can extend to another human being. The intention of the P2P conversations is to promote a form of professional engagement that is often missing from higher education communities because of current political, economic, and social constraints. P2P conversations are not intended to replace other forms of faculty to faculty conversations which occur in less formal settings or gatherings. The P2P conversations differ in that they are formally structured around key moments in the life of a faculty, focused on professional development, and are bounded by norms of confidentiality.
The Office of Teaching and Learning in collaboration with Paul Michalec from the Morgridge College of Education are hosting two P2P training sessions. All faculty are invited to attend whether or not they are planning on participating in a P2P conversation this academic year. The sessions will dive into both the theory and practice of P2P conversations, including a how to ask Open and Honest questions that invite a deeper dialogue with self as well as a mini-P2P modeled by the session leaders. You will walk away clear on the purpose and practice of P2P conversations and how they can enrich your academic career at DU.