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 faculty development 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 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.
In 2018-2019 the Office of Teaching and Learning in collaboration with Paul Michalec from the Morgridge College of Education hosted P2P training sessions as well as two full P2P conversations as described in the Faculty Senate materials. Faculty participating in the P2P conversations found them revitalizing and recentering of their professional identity and role at DU. In 2019-2020 OTL will host quarterly training sessions on the P2P process. 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. You will walk away clear on the purpose and practice of P2P conversations and how they can enrich your academic career at DU. For more information on the P2P training sessions or to help organize your own P2P conversation contact Paul Michalec (email@example.com) or Kate Willink at (firstname.lastname@example.org)