The Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership commits to:
- Preparing highly qualified professionals
- Creating and sharing new knowledge in our profession
- Developing outreach opportunities with stakeholders in the field
We assess excellence through:
- Meeting or exceeding standards of accrediting agencies
- Fostering the development of highly sought and valued graduates
- Disseminating scholarly and creative activity
We assure this by:
- Sharing and modeling effective teaching practices, knowledge, skills and dispositions
- Developing transformational leaders and lifelong learners.
- Advocating for all stakeholders
Our shared vision for the Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership includes four overarching themes:
- Deliver innovative and continuously improving undergraduate and graduate programs
- Facilitate communication with candidates, community, faculty stakeholders to align our coursework to current and future needs in the field
- Develop social networks with our graduates to promote relationships, provide lifelong learning opportunities and invite their contributions to the department’s growth and development.
- Advocate for all stakeholders to create and sustain the most promising practices
- Develop strong relationships amongst all stakeholders
- Develop partnerships in teaching, research and service
- Use emerging technologies purposefully to insure rich teaching and learning
- Develop and sustain authentic and relevant learning experiences for learners and faculty: inquiry based, guided discovery, student centered, etc.
- Explore, create, investigate and disseminate scholarly activities
- Encourage and support the scholarly study of teaching and learning
- Advocate with a progressive and assertive voice on educational issues at state and regional levels.
- Demonstrate, practice, and sustain inclusive learning communities.
- Model social justice by incorporating multicultural awareness and multicultural skills.
- Empower all stakeholders to advocate for self and others in a respectful, open and direct way.
Values & Beliefs
We value ethical behaviors and practices that are:
- Responsive: We respond to the strengths, needs and interests of the individual learners, and the broad context in which learning occurs.
- Collaborative: We utilize shared leadership with all stakeholders to develop learning experiences, engage candidates, and monitor progress.
- Innovative: Our decisions and practices are both creative and grounded in research.
- Committed: We invest the time and energy needed to plan inclusive, responsive, content rich and engaging activities for all learners.
The following beliefs guide our practices:
- Development in Context: Learning is responsive to the developmental characteristics of the learner in a social and cultural context.
- Constructivism: Learning expands upon previous cognitive understanding through authentic experiences.
- Inquiry: Learning capitalizes on the innate curiosity of learners as they find answers to their questions about the world.
- Social Justice: Our department is uniquely suited to advocate for increased democracy and equity for all.