Fostering high-caliber teaching continues to be a priority for the university. Many instructors across our institution are already deeply committed to advancing the practice of teaching, but, because this work is unique and personal, it is been difficult for deans and department chairs to recognize and celebrate it in a formal way. The Reflective Practitioner Program (RPP) seeks to encourage, recognize, and reward professional development and community building in teaching and learning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The various activities throughout the program aim to foster five key competencies:
- Ensuring Equitable Outcomes and Supporting the Lifelong Learner
- Creating an Inclusive and Effective Learning Environment
- Designing Appropriate Learning Experiences
- Assessing Student Learning
- Committing to a Culture of Collaboration in Teaching
Why Join Our Program
The RPP provides a comprehensive program through which you can further develop your teaching. Along with cultivating programming to support your development, the following incentives are available:
Title of Recognition
Exclusive Teaching Grant Eligibility
In addition, we also recommend you have a brief conversation with your department chair or dean about how participation in this program might factor into other formal review processes.
A Program for Teaching Professionals
The RPP is designed for University of Nebraska-Lincoln instructors who wish to maintain a record of growth and development in their professional teaching and learning activity. This includes tenured faculty, untenured faculty, professors of practice, lecturers, graduate teaching assistants and anyone else contracted to teach at the university. The program is broken down into two levels:
Reflective Practitioners gain exposure to a variety of teaching strategies and spend time reflecting on the efficacy of personal strategies. Requirements for this level of the program are all contained within the Reflective Practitioner Passport, a part of the new Teaching Planner.
Rather than broadening general pedagogical knowledge, CTT Ambassadors will be expected to share their expertise with other educators across the university by leading learning communities, writing blog posts, conducting workshops, and other various activities.
What Activities Are Included?
Read more about these activities, including which ones are associated with each tier of the program, on the RPP Program Details page.