The Dean’s Certificate in Pedagogy is offered by the two Graduate Schools of Bryn Mawr College and administered by the Dean of Graduate Studies. All graduate and post-doctoral students who would like to develop and improve their teaching abilities and experiences are invited to participate. The program begins when a student notifies the Dean of Graduate Studies of their interest in participating. Activities are student-driven, but are completed with faculty support and guidance. When all requirements have been met, participants schedule a meeting with the Dean of Graduate Studies to review and discuss all relevant materials. Successful completion of the Certificate will be indicated on a student’s transcript.
Participate in 4 discussions or workshops sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Initiative (TLI) or the Education Program (offered throughout the year) that afford you the opportunity to explore some fundamental pedagogical issues and approaches. Visit the TLI web site under the Graduate Student tab to see a listing of offered workshops. You can also contact Alison Cook-Sather, Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Initiative, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about opportunities.
Complete a total of three activities designed to encourage a better understanding of your own teaching style and areas for growth and improvement. Complete at least two activities in Group I and choose one or two activities from Group II. Alternative activities may be developed in consultation with the Dean. Additional guidance regarding record keeping will be provided.
Group II—Skills (select one or two activities to be completed with a faculty mentor)
Create a teaching portfolio to document and reflect on your teaching experiences. You must include an artifact representation your completion of each of the requirements for the Dean's Certificate in Pedagogy. All artifacts except the teaching philosophy and the self-assessment must be paired with a critical reflection in which you discuss the significance of the experience the artifact represents and the implications for you as a teacher. (N.B. One of the workshops offered through the TLI focuses on portfolio development). One possible set of entries might be:
a. A personal teaching philosophy
b. Samples of insights you have gained from observing and talking with other faculty
c. Course evaluations
d. Syllabus of a course you have developed
e. Representative assignments and evaluations
f. Examples of non-lecture activities
g. Self-assessment: Reflection and projection
Note: Many of these requirements (Background/Basics, Group II of Experiences and Reflections, and the Portfolio) can be fulfilled or at least begun if you enroll in Education 301: Curriculum & Pedagogy Seminar (offered every fall semester); the assignments for that course can be tailored to allow you to meet all of the above criteria for the Dean’s Certificate. If you complete the course it will also appear on your transcript. Contact Alison Cook-Sather (email@example.com) if you are interested in this option.
The workshops are taught by Professor Alison Cook-Sather. Please email her (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday if you plan to attend that Thursday's workshop.
List of workshops for 2014-2015 can be found here