BU Hub Related Information
HTEFF Reflections on Remote Teaching
Joseph Harris and Sophie Godley, two of Boston University’s Hub Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellows (HTEFF), offer their reflections on the Spring 2020 semester transition to remote teaching.
Hub & Pub Series
In Fall 2018, Boston University kicked off its Hub & Pub Series: Conversations on Teaching & Learning in the BU Hub. A collaboration between the BU Hub Office and the Center for Teaching & Learning, the Hub & Pub gatherings are designed to provide members of the BU community a forum to share their experiences teaching in the Hub and to learn from each other. These discussion-based sessions, each led by different faculty members and exploring a specific topic, tackle questions and issues in Hub courses. The setting is informal and grounded in faculty-to-faculty peer conversations. A selection of seasonal beers, wines, and hors d’oeuvres will be offered.
February Hub & Pub
Please join us for our Virtual Spring Hub & Pub: “LfA: The Second Time Around” on February 2nd, 2021 from 3:30pm – 4:30pm, where we discuss successful strategies from our fall classes that we can adopt and adapt for Spring 2021. In this participatory event, we will be focusing on what teaching strategies worked in LfA V1 in Fall 2020 and how can we adapt those strategies to provide rich and varied learning experiences in our LfA V2 classes in Spring 2021. Please come with your ideas and questions for a stimulating conversation that will provide us all with excellent advice and practice to support our Spring teaching.
This conversation is open to all BU instructors and will be facilitated by the CTL Hub Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellows : Kaytlin Eldred (Lecturer, Health Sciences, SAR), Sophie Godley (Clinical Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences, SPH), Joseph Harris (Assistant Professor, Sociology, CAS), Irit Kleiman (Associate Professor, Romance Studies, CAS), and Benjamin Siegel (Assistant Professor, History, CAS). he Zoom information for the meeting will be sent in a confirmation prompt following registration.
Please register for the Virtual Spring Hub & Pub here.
October Hub & Pub
Please join us for our Virtual Fall Hub & Pub: Building Faculty and Student Resilience, where we discuss ways of supporting resilience for instructors and students.
- Date & Time: Wednesday, October 21, 2:30–3:30 pm
- Event/Topic: COVID-19 has impacted the lives of faculty and students at BU and prompted important new conversations about how to promote and sustain learning in times that are challenging. How does one sensitively navigate struggles faced by students? What are faculty doing to take care of themselves? How can faculty embed resilience in the classroom?
- Guests: This open conversation will be facilitated by the CTL Hub Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellows Benjamin Siegel (Assistant Professor, History, CAS), Joseph Harris (Assistant Professor, Sociology, CAS), Sophie Godley (Clinical Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences, SPH), Irit Kleiman (Associate Professor, Romance Studies, CAS), and Kaytlin Eldred (Lecturer, Health Sciences, SAR).
April Hub & Pub
The BU Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) and the BU Hub invite you to join us for a special edition Hub & Pub event where faculty can gather in a time of difficulty to share experiences and challenges with remote teaching, including course adjustments, student experiences, grading, and any other topics that participants wish to discuss.
- Date & Time: Monday, April 13, 3:30–5 pm
- Event/Topic: An opportunity for faculty to gather in a time of difficulty to share experiences and challenges with remote teaching, including course adjustments, student experiences, grading, and any other topics that participants wish to discuss.
- Guests: Included CTL Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellows Benjamin Siegel (Assistant Professor, History, CAS), Joseph Harris (Assistant Professor, Sociology, CAS), Sophie Godley (Clinical Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences, SPH), Irit Kleiman (Associate Professor, Romance Studies, CAS), and Kaytlin Eldred (Lecturer, Health Sciences, SAR
Inaugural Hub & Pub
- Date & Time: Monday, January 27, 3:30–5 pm
- Location: The BU Hub Office (5th floor of the GSU, 775 Commonwealth Avenue)
- Topic: Teaching in the Hub: Creativity/Innovation, Writing-Intensive Course, The Individual in Community
- Guest Speakers: Benjamin Siegel, Assistant Professor of History; Joseph Harris, Assistant Professor of Sociology; and Sophie Godley, Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Health
- Registration: Please RSVP for this event
Scheduling a Consultation
If you are a faculty or staff member developing or revising courses or cocurricular experiences, CTL staff will be available to answer your questions and provide feedback on your course or cocurricular materials. To schedule a consultation, please email the CTL (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Individual, Team, or Group Consultations
The CTL offers individual and small group consultations by request.
Department or Program Workshops
To schedule a department and program workshop, please complete our workshop request form.
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Faculty Forum: Writing Intensive Courses in the BU Hub
Friday, January 26, 2018, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
This partial day event will be from 10am-12pm, and will feature faculty-led discussions around writing intensive courses in the BU Hub. To begin the morning, Dr. Neal Lerner will discuss his most recent research “The Meaningful Writing Project: Learning, Writing, and Teaching in Higher Education” (Utah State Univ. Press), a cross-institutional study of undergraduates’ most meaningful writing projects. Afterward, a panel of BU faculty will consider student writing in their courses (e.g., what works, what do students struggle with, what is distinct about writing in one’s own discipline, what do students learn through writing) and about how the Hub has shaped their particular choices in syllabus design, assignments, feedback strategies, metacognitive reflection, etc., especially as these are related to the students’ writing tasks and writing in the discipline.
- Abigail Gillman, Associate Professor of Hebrew, German & Comparative Literature and Interim Director, Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies
- John Mackey, Chairperson and Senior Lecturer, Social Sciences, College of General Studies
- Marisa Milanese, Interim Associate Director and Senior Lecturer-Master Level, College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program
Participants will experience how writing-intensive learning outcomes are taught across the disciplines and discuss how they might apply these strategies into their own courses. This is an opportunity for faculty to share with one another practices and pedagogy that may be new, old, and/or newly informed by the advent of the Hub.
Faculty Forum: Critical Thinking in the BU Hub
Friday, September 22, 2017, 10:00m – 12:15pm
Join us for a half-day, faculty-facilitated forum on teaching Critical Thinking in the BU Hub. A faculty panel will share examples and resources from their teaching of Critical Thinking and discuss their research in this Hub area. Participants will experience how critical thinking is taught across the disciplines and discuss how they might use these strategies in their courses. There will be time set aside for faculty to work on their own courses to incorporate materials from the workshop in consultation with the faculty presenters and CTL staff.
Hub Day: A Series of Faculty Led Forums
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 9:30am – 4:45pm
This day-long event features faculty-led forums on the BU Hub areas of Critical Thinking, Teamwork/Collaboration, Creativity/Innovation, and Writing-Intensive courses. We invite you to drop in as your schedule allows to learn from other BU faculty members with expertise teaching in these Hub areas. In various sessions throughout the day, participants will discover, engage with, and apply effective teaching and assessment strategies best suited to their own Hub courses.
In addition to faculty forums, Hub Day will co-feature Center for Teaching & Learning course-revision workshops, as well as “walk-in consultations” with the CTL staff and Provost’s Office on course design and Courseleaf.