Professional development workshops for faculty and staff fall
into three categories:
Improvement Program (TIP)
for New TAs, UAs, SAs, and Faculty
- Just-in-time workshops
Both TIP and Orientation are held during the week prior to the beginning
of each semester, traditionally known as Welcome Week. TIP is on
Thursday while Orientation is on both Wednesday and Thursday of
that week. A list of all workshops by date and videotaped workshops
are available in the Engineering Learning Center.
A brief history of the workshops demonstrates the College of Engineering
support. In January, 1990, the COE began to sponsor workshops each
Welcome Week for all teaching assistants. Sandra
Shaw Courter began working with the College of Engineering Education
(COEE) Committee to approve and advise in coordinating the program.
Prior to that time, COEE sponsored an occasional workshop. In August,
1993, the College began to sponsor two programs, one for new TAs
and one for continuing TAs and faculty. This differentiation followed
a quality improvement project that focused on COE training and development
as part of a course in the Department of Educational Administration,
School of Education. Beginning fall, 1990, up to two workshops were
videotaped and made available through the Kurt
F. Wendt Library.
COE initiated a collaborative effort with the School
of Business in 1994-1995. Despite the various benefits of this
cross-disciplinary approach, both COE and SOB agreed that independent
programs would allow more focus given the challenge of over 200
teaching assistants. The collaborative effort helped SOB create
their own program which started fall, 1995.
In August, 1995, COE initiated an Orientation
for New Faculty to compliment the UW-Madison Orientation hosted
by the Chancellor. Designed to address the needs of individual faculty,
the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Courter host a private
round table discussion with one or two faculty at a time.
In August, 1995, COE also initiated five percent appointments for
three TAs to chair the Welcome Week events: one TA serves as chair
of the Orientation for New TAs, UAs, SAs, and Faculty, a program
that consists of four workshops, and two TAs serve as co-chairs
for the Teaching Improvement Program, which consists of six to eight
workshops. Nominations and applications for TA chairs are due May
1 of each year.