The McGraw Center is the central resource for faculty who seek to enhance their teaching at Princeton. With the expansion of McGraw in September 2013, the Center now offers a robust and integrated platform of resources and expertise that extends from pedagogy and learning to educational technologies and video production.
Pedagogy Programs and Workshops
The McGraw Center offers extensive programs and services for faculty related to their work as teachers. All of our programs are based in current research and discussions on effective teaching and student learning and are led either by Princeton faculty or by our professional staff.
We offer Instructional Consultations, one-on-one meetings with our professional staff to discuss specific challenges you face or new techniques you would like to try while you are teaching. These consultations may include visits to your class to provide feedback and help solve pedagogical issues.
Online Courses and Learning Environments
Princeton’s online course initiative offers faculty members the opportunity to enhance the quality of education on campus while sharing free course content with students around the world. More than one million students have enrolled in the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) that Princeton faculty members have developed and delivered through the Coursera and NovoEd platforms since Spring of 2012. These online offerings have varied widely in terms of their subject matter (e.g., sociology, history, computer science, statistics, and electrical engineering), their length (ranging from six to twelve weeks), their timing (sometimes, but not always, running concurrently with the Princeton courses upon which they are based), and their many special features, formats and assessments.
Most notably, a number of faculty members are using online course platforms to experiment with a teaching their Princeton students in a method generally known as “flipping” the lecture. In these instances, students engage interactively with new course content in recorded lectures to prepare for face-to-face class meetings that can then be used for discussions, problem solving and other interactive exercises that deepen students’ command of course material.
The McGraw Center is the coordinating center for the design, production and delivery of online courses at Princeton. The McGraw staff works closely faculty members create course sites; design, produce and upload recorded lectures and other course materials to online platforms and we coordinate the work of several other offices involved. The Office of the Dean of the College oversees this initiative. Faculty member who are interested in developing an online course or experimenting with these innovative teaching tools should begin the process by consulting Jeff Himpele in the McGraw Center or Clayton Marsh in the Office of the Dean of the College.
New Faculty Orientation
For new junior faculty, we run the University-wide New Faculty Orientation. During this half-day session new faculty have an opportunity to meet other new faculty, hear suggestions from faculty colleagues on enjoying and excelling at Princeton, including advice on writing grants and getting published, and talk about teaching at Princeton.
Mentoring Lunch Fund
The McGraw Center provides the Mentoring Lunch Fund to help defray the costs of a meal for those faculty of large courses who plan to schedule weekly pedagogical meetings with their AIs. To be eligible for funding, the course must be a large lecture class (enrollment of 50 or more students) with two AIs or more or a lab course with enrollment of 40 or more with two or more lab assistants.
The McGraw Virtual Library - Online Resources for Teaching
The Virtual Library part of our website has a section for faculty with tip-sheets relevant for various aspects of your teaching as well as resources, such as a mid-semester course evaluation form for your use. Our blog, The Scholar as Teacher, also includes tips and discussions about teaching.
Appointments may be made with McGraw staff members by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 8-2575.