Please Consider the Teaching Support Program

Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

Dear Colleagues:

You have an extraordinary opportunity in the next few weeks and months to enhance your teaching credentials — and to be compensated for doing so.

Ohio State created the Teaching Support Program to share evidence-based approaches to instruction with faculty across the university. Our university stands alone among our peers in making such an extensive investment in teaching excellence, which is ultimately designed to support student success through your success as an educator.

This opportunity is well worth your time, particularly as we head into winter break. Please note that the opportunity to be compensated for the training will end on March 31, 2020.

There are two components to the Teaching Support Program, and you can earn compensation for completing each.

The first component, the Teaching Practices Inventory, will help set a baseline for your educational approach and takes less than 30 minutes to complete. In the second component, you can explore evidence-based teaching practices in greater detail through Teaching@OhioState online modules — which are about 45 to 90 minutes long — and a curated reading list designed to spur reflection about how you would apply these best practices in your own teaching. 

More than 2,800 of your peers have already engaged with the Teaching Support Program, and many are already applying concepts from the program to their own work. Of faculty surveyed after completing Teaching@OhioState, 93.4% planned to apply what they learned in their courses, while 82% would recommend or strongly recommend it to their colleagues.

I cannot encourage you strongly enough to seize this opportunity before the upcoming compensation deadlines:

  • Jan. 31, 2020, is the next deadline. If you complete this work by then, your new level of compensation will begin at the end of March; 
  • March 31, 2020, is the final deadline for compensation. Although the Teaching Support Program will still be available after this date, you will miss out on the chance to be compensated for completing the first two components.

For more information about the Teaching Support Program, including details about compensation, see the University Institute for Teaching and Learning website.

If you have questions, please email uitl@osu.edu or call 614-688-2722.

Sincerely,

Bruce A. McPheron, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost