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August Back to School Workshops ~~ August 8-10, 2023

Back to School Workshops 2023 Schedule

Dean's Reading List

Mondays from September 11 -October 2, 2023, 1200-1250, Nimitz Library. Books will be provided to the first 25 people who sign up. 
  • Jo Boaler, Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Mathematics, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching (September 11-October 2) 
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  • Catherine Musemeche, Lethal Tides: Mary Sears and the Marine Scientists Who Helped Win WWII (October 16-November 6) 
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  •  The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life, Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander (January 22 & 29)
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  • Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, Gebriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. González, and Angela P. Harris, editors [Note: we read a small part of this book of essays in Spring 2022, but it is so good, and there is so much more to read, that we are reading it again.] (February 5-March 4, 2024)
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Boice Reading Group

Tuesdays from August 22, - November 21, 2023, 1200-1300 ~ Karyn Sproles. Books will be provided to all who sign up. 
  • This reading group provides on-going orientation for new (and not so new) faculty. During the year we will discuss how to balance teaching, research, and service with the rest of our lives. For help with this difficult challenge we will read Robert Boice, Advice for New Faculty Members and talk with folks from a variety of offices at USNA that support faculty work. Participants are not expected to attend every session—come when you can!
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Foundations of Teaching

Thursdays from August 2023 - June, 2024,1200-1300 ~ Karyn Sprokes. Books will be provided to all who sign up. 
  • This introduction to teaching is designed for faculty with limited prior teaching experience and for those who would like to explore we can use the growing research on how learning works to teach more effectively. We will read James Lang’s Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning. Sessions will be tailored to the group’s need and interests and will topics such as how to handle the first day of class; creating class policies; and designing rubrics, assignments, and tests. Participants are not expected to attend every session—come when you can!
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Educational Technology Workshops and Demonstrations

By Appointment Only. Contact Dr. Julie Zhu to schedule one-on-one help with technology for your classes.
  • Meet Dr. Zhu to get help with using a variety of Educational Technology topics including but not limited to Blackboard, Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, the Panopto Lecture Capture System, Respondus LockDown Browser, etc.  

Formative Analysis of Classroom Teaching (FACT)

Formative Analysis of Classroom Teaching (FACT)
October 2- October 27, 2023 and February 20-March 29, 2024 (Here is a link to submit your request:  Link to FACT Request Form. (Fact sign up form is now open!)

The most popular program offered! 

To assist faculty members with their own reflective teaching by providing them with anonymous mid-semester feedback from their students.

  • Request mid-semester feedback on one of your classes—strictly confidential: no records kept or reports made. Watch your email for more details and a call for requests. Due to growing demand, we can only offer 1 FACT per instructor.

USNA's 9th Annual Conference on Teaching & Learning:
Tuesday-Thursday, May 14-16, 2024

Additional Programs

Pop-Up Fridays

Occasional Fridays. Link to Google Meet will be sent out later.
  • Current issues in teaching and learning. Look for emails announcing the topic of the week.

Effective Chairing,  3 rd Wednesday of the month 3:30-4:30

  • Informal and confidential discussion of topics facing chairs from evaluation to organizing administrative work. Chairs share challenges and solutions as well as hear presentations on emerging issues.

Trident Days ~ October 16-20~ Look for an announcement closer to the date

  • Volunteer to have a faculty or staff member come to one of your classes - and sign up to sit in on a class yourself. 

Preparing for P& T Workshop, Tuesday-Thursday, May 28-30,2024, 10:00-noon 

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Master Instructor Program

  • MASTER INSTRUCTOR: An officer with a relevant Master's degree and four or more semesters of superior classroom performance at the Naval Academy who has completed USNA’s Center for Teaching and Learning’s Master Instructor Program. Consideration for awarding this academic rank will be based on the recommendation of the respective department.
  • Completing this program grants officers the title of Master Instructor (go to for more information). NOTE: Officers at USNA prior to May 2022 should follow the previous instruction.
  • Master Instructor Program Requirements
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