WSU faculty system-wide are invited to learn about an innovative opportunity — the Peer Observation and Co-Mentoring Program designed to boost teaching and learning — at a PIT Stops professional development session at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, over Zoom. The hosts are the Transformational Change Initiative (TCI) and the Teaching Academy.
Leading the information session will be Theresa Jordan, WSU Pullman history professor, and Kathleen Cowin, WSU Tri-Cities educational leadership professor. Both are fellows in the Teaching Academy. They piloted the Peer Observation and Co-Mentoring Program there over the past two years.
TCI is supporting the scaling up of this successful pilot program over the next three years, offering it to faculty on all WSU campuses, said Erika Offerdahl, TCI director.
The Peer Observation and Co-Mentoring Program will accept 20 educators for each of the three years, with 10 per semester actively engaged in the process. Jordan and Cowin are project coordinators.
Hosted by TCI in partnership with Academic Outreach and Innovation (AOI) and the Teaching Academy, PIT Stops are offered monthly. “PIT” is the acronym for pedagogy, innovation, and technology. Events are designed to support instructors as they fulfill the university’s instructional mission.