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Best Practices for the Teaching Section of the Dossier, 2019

The Center for Teaching Excellence presents a Seminar by Ellen Yezierski, Center for Teaching Excellence Director

Writing about teaching and learning with clarity and precision can be a challenging task for faculty. This session focuses on strategies to effectively address the guidelines for the teaching section of the dossier, including the presentation of multiple indicators of teaching effectiveness, key elements of reflective statements, and communicating with non-specialists in your discipline. 

Ellen Yezierski is a Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and former Chair of the Center for Teaching Excellence Senate Committee. Newly appointed as CTE Director, Ellen is networking with faculty and programs across campus to fulfill the Center’s mission and support student learning through faculty development and innovation in teaching. She recently was recognized with a 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award and has taught large undergraduate courses as well as graduate courses. Her research group focuses on improving conceptual understanding of chemistry by examining the dynamics of teaching and teacher change. The goal of their work is to markedly reform instruction and improve chemistry learning across a variety of grade levels (high school and college). Projects employ quasi-experimental designs as well as phenomenological methods to explore teacher beliefs and change, chemistry self-concept, use of animations, evaluating external representation use in inquiry instruction, and characterizing teaching and learning in chemistry outreach. Visit the Yezierski Research Group to learn more about their activities and outcomes.


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