Leadership and Excellence in Academic Development (LEAD) Division in DES
We support learning, leadership, and innovation projects on our campuses to enhance the student learning experience.
Our Mission is to promote an institutional culture that values effective teaching and meaningful learning. We collaborate with faculty, peer tutors, as well as academic and student support units to enhance teaching and learning in online and face-to-face settings.
Our services focus on developing a continuous improvement process for faculty and learning facilitators that is reflective and iterative in nature. We know that teaching and learning are lifelong arts and our programming is designed to build capacity and foster innovation.
Our Programs include:
- Academic Development Programming for Faculty
We offer faculty regular learning opportunities each term. Our workshops and communities of practice enable participants to learn at their own pace, receiving coaching and guidance from the LEAD team as well as from their peers. All of our offerings stand-alone or can be used toward earning one of our Certificates in University Teaching & Learning. Additionally, all programming is designed to suit teaching and learning in multiple modalities.
- Small-Group Facilitator Training
We provide facilitation training to Clinical Tutors in the School of Medicine responsible for facilitating small groups, faculty members in each school, as well as SGU Peer Learning Facilitators and Tutors, upper-term students who lead small group sessions for their peers.
- Supplemental Learning (SL)
Our SL faculty facilitate small group review sessions for undergraduate senior science students in Biochemistry, Human Anatomy, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Physiology. SL sessions are aimed at helping students master course content by utilizing active learning techniques, enabling learners to develop skills essential to success in a variety of professional careers.
- Technology for Online/Blended Learning
We evaluate technology that can help support both online and blended learning programs. Some examples of technologies our Online Instructional Innovation (OII) unit has implemented and used throughout SGU include online (virtual) classrooms/conferencing (Zoom), and online proctored exams. We leverage our expertise to enable programs across campus to successfully incorporate a variety of tools and technologies to support student success.
- Individual and Group Consultations
We work by invitation with individuals and groups (such as Schools or departments) to support professional growth through coaching, observation & feedback on a range of teaching and learning issues. We also provide support for faculty as they document their teaching and learning in professional portfolios.
- Educational Leadership Development
We believe that every teacher is also a leader and are committed to enabling the development of leadership capacity at SGU. We provide scaffolded opportunities for faculty to develop the expertise needed to serve their communities as they develop their own skills and abilities to serve the university communities.
We are committed to employing an evidence-based approach in all that we do. We leverage and contribute to the rich body of research on effective teaching and learning and also provide support to faculty and staff interested in conducting their own research on teaching to make their own contributions to the literature.
Contact Us: DESLead@sgu.edu