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Bruning Teaching Academy

Bruning Teaching Academy

The Bruning Teaching Academy (BTA) provides a developmental, peer-to-peer approach for continuous improvement and implementation of evidence-based best practices. The program seeks faculty who have demonstrated teaching excellence and considers overall years of teaching experience as well as years at OHIO. Participants come together throughout the academic year to discuss instructional strategies, provide constructive feedback and work toward one common goal — improving teaching.

BTA participants set goals they hope to accomplish each semester, following a backward design model for instruction that emphasizes the importance of planning the desired outcomes before deciding the teaching and assessment methods to use.

Bruning Teaching Academy Goals

  1. Write clear learning goals that are student-centered, use active verbs, and are measurable.
  2. Align learning activities with the learning goals.
  3. Create assessment tools that are aligned with the learning activities and accurately assess achievement of the learning goal.
  4. Employ techniques that encourage student participation in the learning activities and engagement with the learning goals.
  5. Share ideas and garner feedback related to teaching and learning with a network of colleagues across campus.
  6. Observe a colleague teach, review their materials, and provide feedback that would help improve their teaching.

Apply to the 2024-25 Bruning Academy

Applications are to be completed using this Qualtrics link and should include the following:

  1. Letter of application indicating why you would like to be involved in this project and what undergraduate course you teach fall semester that you would like to improve.
  2. Brief statement of teaching philosophy (500 words maximum).
    Syllabus for the undergraduate course you would like to focus on fall semester.
  3. Teaching evaluations for that course when last taught.
  4. Brief email from your department chair indicating they give you permission to participate if selected. We need your department chair’s permission to pay you a stipend.

Please address any questions to Linda Rice. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 12, 2024.  

Current Bruning Leader

Linda J. Rice

Linda Rice

Linda J. Rice is the James S. Reid/Standard Products Company Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities. Rice is also Professor of English and Director of the Master of Arts in English (MAE) Online program. She has received multiple awards from Ohio University, including the Presidential Teacher Award, University Professor Teaching Award, College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Excellence in Higher Education Award from Ohio Magazine.

Bruning Teaching Academy Alumni

  • Emilia Alonso-Sameno
  • Stan Alost
  • Cynthia Anderson
  • Mick Andzulis
  • Rebecca Barlag
  • Joann Benigno
  • Roger Braun
  • Jenny Chabot
  • Brian Collins
  • Tawna Cooksey-James
  • Gary Coombs
  • Matthew Cornish
  • Cory Cronin
  • Tom Dancer
  • Geoff Dabelko
  • Travis Davidson
  • Craig Davis
  • Alexei Davydov
  • Shelly Delaney
  • Haley Duschinski
  • Glenn Dutcher
  • Ryan Fogt
  • Jessica Ford
  • Alexa Fox
  • Raymond Frost
  • Theda Gibbs
  • Sam Girton
  • Sinan Gokkaya
  • Daniel Harper
  • Lisa Harrison
  • Lynn Harter
  • Michael Hess
  • Jennifer Hines
  • Angela Hosek
  • Deanna House
  • Jana Houser
  • Akil Houston
  • Jennifer Howell
  • Mary Kate Hurley
  • Bayyinah Jeffries
  • Sarah E. Jones
  • Joan Jurich
  • Yeong-Hyum Kim
  • Youngsun Kim
  • Ian Klein
  • Michael Kopish
  • Greg Kremer
  • Zaki Kuruppalil
  • Chao-Yang Lee
  • Amy Lynch
  • Lori Marchese
  • Vic Matta
  • Jaclyn Maxwell
  • Lauren McMills
  • Shawnee C. Meek
  • Hans Meyer
  • Deborah Murray
  • Charlie Morgan
  • Julia Paxton
  • Tom Padron
  • Harold Perkins
  • Brittany Peterson
  • James Petrik
  • Michael Pfahl
  • Andrew Pueschel
  • Talinn Phillips
  • Chorong Oh
  • Herta Rodina
  • Mark Rowe
  • Jeff Russell
  • Nukhet Sandal
  • Kristin Schuller
  • Ryan Shepherd
  • Tom Smucker
  • Benjamin Sperry
  • Jennifer Shadik
  • Thom Stevenson
  • Michelle Surerus
  • Barry Tadlock
  • Soichi Tanda
  • Elizabeth Thompson
  • Deborah Thorne
  • Stephanie Tikkanen
  • Art Trese
  • Thomas Vander Ven
  • Edna Wangui
  • Nilesh J. Washing
  • Julie White
  • Aaron Wilson
  • Min Lun (Alan) Wu
  • Brian Wymbs
  • Linda Zionkowski