Teaching Circles

Fall and Spring Meeting Date and Times

New! Teaching Circles now include


New format, new look, new way to participate! You can join from the comfort of your home or office as well as in-person on scheduled days and times.

The Research Academy for University Learning would like to invite all faculty and staff to participate in e-Dialogues (a part of regularly scheduled Teaching Circles), a series of informal discussion meetings scheduled monthly during the Fall and Spring 2015-2016 semesters. e-Dialogues are offered remotely, via Canvas Conferencing, and provide an online space for all Montclair State instructors to meet, learn, and collaborate on topics of teaching and learning in higher education. They are also simultaneously offered as in-person, informal meetings where participants can drop in and offer advice, experience, or ask questions and pose ideas.

e-Dialogues follow the same format as the former Teaching Circles: they are collegial, informal discussion groups in which faculty and staff come together to share mutual issues, strategies, practices, and research that addresses or may be affected by more national issues in teaching and learning.

Meeting Schedule:

  • Regular meetings two - three times per semester. Login and join the Conference from the left side menu, click Conferences. The community can be accessed by this link: https://montclair.instructure.com/courses/50838
    • Spring 2016:
      • March 18, 10-12:00pm, Sprague Library Room 031 (lower level)
      • April 8, 1-2:00pm, Sprague Library Room 031 (lower level)
  • Suggested meetings - any faculty member can propose a topic and meeting time outside of the regular Friday meetings. For example, if Professor X proposes "How do I...." and wants to set up a discussion for (month, day, time), the Research Academy will set up the meeting and host the online discussion. Please note that persons who propose a meeting are expected to be there and get the conversation started based on why they wanted to discuss this topic.

 Informally, we'd love to share stories and anecdotes about what is happening in our classrooms, exchange some best practices and ideas, discuss issues that arise and how we might work together as a community to ensure the success of our teaching and optimize the learning of our students.

Examples of topics could include discussions about student behaviors (cell phones, texting, digital devices in the classroom, social media, incivility), what it means to think critically in our disciplines, how to engage students in reading and writing in a variety of disciplines and the differences between disciplinary reading/writing, or conversations on how we engage students across and between disciplines and what we might borrow from one another in order to increase our student engagement. These are merely examples from current forum topic discussions from several of the virtual forums we belong to; there may or may not be more pressing issues on teaching and learning that are specifically relevant to Montclair State University. We'd also like to invite faculty to propose their own topics for each meeting that we can use as springboards for discussions.

We want to stress that these meetings are informal, and will focus on positive, constructive discussion. The Research Academy will provide opportunities for publishing and/or blogging about the topics discussed and outcomes of the meetings, as well as help identify areas of continuing inquiry and possible future funding of projects.


Please contact Julie R. Dalley T: 973/ 655-3276 F: 973/ 655-4258 Email: dalleyj@mail.montclair.edu with any questions, topic suggestions, or for more information. All are welcome; we look forward to seeing you there!