Teaching at SPH

Faculty face many challenges in teaching in any given year and over the course of a career. SPH and BU offer resources and personnel to help develop faculty teaching skills. The Education Team, led by the Associate Dean for Education, has developed many materials available on their website to assist faculty with MPH students. In addition, they are available for personal advising to faculty as indicated.

Highlights of SPH Teaching Resources

  • Voluntary new faculty orientation offered each semester by Chris Paal and Mary Murphy-Phillips and customized to individual faculty needs. Departments vary in their approaches to orienting new teaching faculty at SPH, and new faculty vary in their prior teaching experience. Support options to consider are co-teaching one’s first course or working with a teaching mentor from the department.
  • Developing and teaching a new course: Director of Educational Programs, Vanessa Edouard, notes that the two most common challenges she sees for faculty who are developing new courses are tying the proposed course to (1) existing courses/curricula and (2) the competencies that are included/ enhanced by the course. Detailed instructions are available on the new Teaching pages. Vanessa also provides 1-on-1 “mentoring” for faculty who develop a new course.
  • Workshops to learn new teaching techniques or technologies are available through the Teaching, Learning & Technology.
  • Departmental initiatives in teaching: Departments are developing working groups to explore new ideas, share teaching approaches, and engage in peer evaluations. Submit information about these initiatives and we can share them on this website!
  • University-wide opportunities exist to present innovative courses or teaching techniques to a larger audience: the McCann Medical Education Day on the Medical Campus, and the Instructional Innovation Conference by the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching (CEIT) on the Charles River Campus.

Teaching at SPH

A brand new Teaching at SPH web page is in development for SPH faculty use. Like the Faculty Development web page, it is designed to consolidate numerous resources in one easy-to-use site.

Topics covered include:

Teaching a new course, Preparing an effective syllabus, Getting started in the classroom, Effective teaching strategies, Exams, assignments and grading, Academic assessment, Managing your class, Student advising, and more.

BU and on the BU Medical Campus Teaching Resources

BU Center for Excellence & Innovation in Teaching

  • About CEIT: Mission, Staff, and Contact Info
  • Teaching Resources: Plagiarism Detection – turnitin.com, Course Design, Writing a Syllabus, In the Classroom, Using Technology, Copyright Issues and Fair Use, Internet Tools, Print Resources about Teaching, Online Resources about Teaching and University Policies
  • Teaching-Related Initiatives: ePortfolio, Audience Response Systems (“clickers”), ONE BU Report
  • Faculty Development: CEIT Workshops, Grants and Conferences about Teaching, CEIT Consultations Program, The Teaching Professor, Time Management for Faculty and Teaching Awards
  • BU Faculty Publications on Teaching
  • University Policies: Safety, Policy on Religious Observance, Student Privacy, Harassment, Academic Conduct, Computer Use

BUMC Medical Education Office

The Office of Medical Education (OME) offers many faculty development resources for faculty and staff who teach in the medical school, including workshops, help with technology in the classroom, self-paced tutorials, information on how to develop a portfolio of teaching activities and suggestions about how to promote yourself as an educator. You can learn more about available Teaching Resources.

Recommended External Resources

University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

Recommended Literature

Contact Us – Contact person(s) for information and assistance with issues related to teaching

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Topics covered include:

Teaching a New Course

Preparing an Effective Syllabus

Getting Started in the Classroom

Effective Teaching Strategies

Exams, Assignments and Effective Grading

Academic Assessment

The logistics of Managing Your Class

Student Advising

And services provided by the Education Office, Registrar’s Office, Student Services and more.