TeaCHE Category 5

Category 5: Self-Directed Study (50 Points)

The final component of the capstone program is self-directed study related to teaching in higher education. To fulfill Category 5 you need to accumulate 50 points from the schedule of activities provided below.

  • The various activities require different documentation when submitted in your program completion packet. Most of the instructions for documenting your self-study activities are common sense and most of the items require the versatile Activity Tracking Form. The goal is a final submission packet that is clear and easy to validate when it is submitted for final review.
  • Some activities in Category 5 require pre-approval to qualify for points. If you are interested in an event that requires pre-approval you must contact the ATL prior to the event. The ATL will review the available information for the event and make a determination, so providing adequate information and links is important. You will be notified via email if the event is approved. If approved, the event will be added to the approved events page. Thus, all participants in TeaCHE are encouraged to identify self-directed events, articles, and books for the benefit of all.

Detailed instructions for each activity are included below the table.

Activity
Point Value
A. Attend a colloquium, seminar, symposium or lecture on higher education (pre-approval required; current list) 2
B. Observe the teaching of a faculty member (see Category 4; limit three) 2
C. Read an article from the TeaCHE Self-Directed Study Bibliography 2
D. Attend a conference on teaching and higher education or a conference session on teaching and higher education at a professional or academic conference 5
E. Serve as a peer reviewer for Teaching Capstone in Higher Education (see Category 3; limit two syllabi and two teaching philosophies) 3
F. Present at a teaching colloquium, seminar, symposium, etc. 6
G. Read a book from the TeaCHE Self-Directed Study Bibliography 4
H. Receive additional teaching observation and feedback (see Category 4; limit three) 4
I. Participate in a Seminar for Excellence in Teaching (SET) 3
J. Write a synthesis and reflection on student evaluations 5
K. Present on teaching in higher education at a conference 6
L. Publish an article or chapter about teaching in higher education 8
M. Receive a departmental or external teaching award 8
N. Receive a college, school, or university teaching award 9
O. Receive a grant for scholarly work in the field teaching and higher education 10
P. Serve as a Graduate Fellow for the Academy for Teaching & Learning 15
 
Detailed Requirements

 

A. Attend a colloquium, seminar, symposium or lecture on higher education
  • Pre-Approval Required
  • Documentation Requirement: Activity Tracking Form

Periodically, approved events will be added to the approved events page. The ATL will maintain the list on a rolling basis for no less than one year (the maximum duration of a participant's path through the capstone program) for validating TeaCHE completion packets.

 

B. Observe the teaching of a faculty member (see Category 4)
  • No Pre-Approval Required
  • Documentation Requirement: Activity Tracking Form; Classroom Observation Reflection.
  • Limit: 3

You may repeat the Category 4 observation of a faculty member up to three additional times for self-directed study points. Instructions are the same as for the initial observation in Category 4.

 

C. Read an article from the TeaCHE Self-Directed Study Bibliography
  • Pre-Approval Required for any article not on the Self-Directed Study Bibliography
  • Documentation Requirement: Activity Tracking Form
  • No Limit

Pre-approved texts may be found on the Self-Directed Study Bibliography. Suggestions for texts are welcome; submit via email. Complete the Activity Tracking Form clearly indicating that it is being used to record a text from the Self-Directed Study Bibliography.

 

D. Attend a conference on teaching and higher education or a conference session on teaching and higher education at a professional or academic conference
  • Pre-Approval Required
  • Documentation Requirement: Activity Tracking Form
  • No Limit

Periodically, approved events will be added to the approved events page. The ATL will maintain the list on a rolling basis for no less than one year (the maximum duration of a participant's path through the capstone program) for validating TeaCHE completion packets.

 

E. Serve as peer reviewer for the Teaching Capstone in Higher Education
  • No Pre-Approval Required
  • Documentation Requirement: Activity Tracking Form; the Peer Review forms (Syllabus or Teaching Philosophy) that you provide your colleague
  • Limit: 2 Syllabi and 2 Teaching Philosophies

Serving as a peer reviewer for statements of teaching philosophy and course syllabi can be a learning experience for the reviewer, too. Complete an Activity Tracking Form clearly noting that it is being used to record your service as a reviewer. Provide the name of the participant for whom you acted as reviewer and include the appropriate Peer Review form from your review.

 

F. Present at a colloquium, seminar, symposium
  • No Pre-Approval Required
  • Documentation Requirement: Activity Tracking Form; program page or other document describing topic and content of presentation
  • No Limit

While no pre-approval is required for this item, the primary topic of your presentation must be teaching and higher education and the venue should be scholarly and professional. If you have doubts regarding a presentation, consult with us to receive pre-approval via email. To reward contributions to a culture of excellence in teaching, points for this activity can be claimed for multiple events, even if the content remains the same.

 

G. Reading a book from Self-Directed Study Bibliography
  • Pre-Approval Required for any book not on Self-Directed Study Bibliography
  • Documentation Requirement: Activity Tracking Form
  • No Limit

Pre-approved texts may be found on the Self-Directed Study Bibliography. Suggestions for texts are welcome; submit via email. Complete the Activity Tracking Form clearly indicating that it is being used to record a text from the Self-Directed Study Bibliography.

 

H. Receiving additional teaching observation and feedback (see Category 4)
  • No Pre-Approval Required
  • Documentation Requirement: Activity Tracking Form; observer's Classroom Observation Feedback; your Classroom Observation Reflection
  • Limit: 3

You may receive upt to three additional observations of your teaching as outlined in Category 4. Instructions are the same as for the initial observation in Category 4.

 

I. Participate in Seminars for Excellence in Teaching (SET)
  • No Pre-Approval Required
  • Documentation Requirement: Activity Tracking Form
  • No Limit

If you are fulfilling Category 1 by attending five SETs, then to receive points in Category 5 you must fill out an Activity Tracking Form beginning with the sixth SET. SETs you attend to fulfill Category 1 cannot be used for points in Category 5.

 

J. Write an analysis and reflection on student evaluations
  • No Pre-Approval Required
  • Documentation Requirement: No additional forms needed
  • Limit: 3 (from courses taught in the preceding or current academic year)

Write a 2-5 page analysis and reflection on student evaluations you have received from a full semester of teaching. This option is oriented toward Baylor graduate student teachers of record, but you may use student evaluations from teaching in other higher education settings (e.g., adjunct teaching at another college or university). If you teach more than one section, you may elect to include a comparison and contrast of classroom dynamics between multiple sections or limit your analysis and reflection to a single section. Because of the timing of the TeaCHE program, these student evaluations can only come from the preceding Fall and Spring semesters and the Fall semester of the TeaCHE year (Spring evals would not be available before final submission of the TeaCHE packet). No separate cover page is required, but be sure that the title/heading clearly identifies this Category 5 activity and the semester of teaching.

 

K. Present on teaching in higher education at a conference
  • No Pre-Approval Required
  • Documentation Requirement: Activity Tracking Form; program page or other document describing topic and content of presentation
  • No Limit

This activity is virtually the same as presenting in a colloquium, seminar or symposium (above). The difference is that presenting at a professional or scholarly conference entails a higher level of vetting to be accepted to present. While no pre-approval is required for this item, the primary topic of your presentation must be teaching and higher education. If you have doubts regarding a presentation, consult with us to receive pre-approval via email. To reward contributions to a culture of excellence in teaching, points for this activity can be claimed for multiple events, even if the content remains the same.

 

L. Publish an article or chapter about teaching in higher education
  • No Pre-Approval Required
  • Documentation Requirement: Activity Tracking Form as cover page; copy of chapter or article
  • No Limit

Although the publication does not have to be peer-reviewed, the publication should be in print media. Electronic media will only qualify if the online publication is officially affiliated with a scholarly print publication or an otherwise highly reputable scholarly enterprise. For example, online publication in The Chronicle for Higher Education or a reputable publisher's fee-based electronic resource (such as that to which a library would subscribe) qualifies for these Category 5 points. Blog posts, private publishing, forums and similar venues do not qualify.

 

M. Receive a departmental or external teaching award
  • No Pre-Approval Required
  • Documentation Requirement: Copy of award, press release, or other official documentation of award
  • No Limit

The rationale for this item is to reward existing excellence in teaching. For this item, the scope anticipated is an award for teaching conferred by an educational unit under whose authority you have worked as a teacher in a higher education setting. This will most often take the form of an honor conferred by a department or program within Baylor University or within another institution of higher education.

 

N. Receive a college or university teaching award
  • No Pre-Approval Required
  • Documentation Requirement: Copy of award, press release, or other official documentation of award
  • No Limit

Like the corresponding item for departmental teaching awards, the rationale for this item is to reward existing excellence in teaching. For this item, the scope anticipated is an award for teaching conferred at a wider scale. One such award available at Baylor University is the Graduate School's Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher award. Any award for teaching excellence conferred by a college (i.e, College of Arts & Sciences; McLennan Community College), school (i.e., Graduate School, School of Education, School of Social Work, School of Business), or university qualifies for these Category 5 points.

 

O. Receive a grant for scholarly work in the field teaching and higher education
  • No Pre-Approval Required
  • Documentation Requirement: Copy of grant award, press release, or other official documentation of award
  • No Limit

The rational for this item is to reward ongoing scholarly work in the field of teaching and higher education. The focus of the grant (monetary, resources, etc.) must be teaching and higher education.

 

P. Serving as a Graduate Fellow for the Academy for Teaching and Learning
  • No Pre-Approval Required
  • Documentation Requirement: Activity Tracking Form designating that you with to use your position as an ATL Graduate Fellow for TeaCHE Category 5
  • Limit: 1

The rationale for this item is to reward extended professional engagement furthering excellence in teaching and higher education. The ATL hires a limited number of Graduate Fellows to carry out its mission at Baylor University. Graduate Fellows employed by the ATL for no less than seven months qualify for this item.