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Abstract Title: Capacity-Building as an Orienting Goal for Departmental Action Teams
Abstract: Much of faculty development around teaching has focused on activities like disseminating curriculum, teaching the implementation of research-based instructional strategies, or (more rarely) cultivating reflective teachers. In our work with Departmental Action Teams (DATs), we take an alternative approach to faculty (and student and staff) development by focusing on individual and group capacity-building: we ask, "What are the ways in which DAT participants, both as individuals and as a group, need to grow in order to effect change in their departments?" Here, we define "capacity" as a collection of skills, knowledge, and other resources that are useful for accomplishing a particular outcome, which in the case of a DAT is departmental change around undergraduate education. We focus on several capacities useful for DATs that have not typically been addressed in the faculty development literature, including understanding change processes, understanding local departmental contexts, and being effective collaborators.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C13
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Joel C. Corbo
University of Colorado, Boulder
and Co-Presenter(s)
Gina M Quan, University of Colorado Boulder
Courtney  Ngai, Colorado State University
Daniel  Reinholz, San Diego State University
Mary E Pilgrim, Colorado State University

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