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    Peer Review of Teaching Project (PRTP)

    Faculty in higher education are increasingly asked to document, assess, and make public their teaching practices. Yet even faculty who value and support excellence in teaching have articulated difficulties in capturing the intellectual work of teaching:

    How can I show the intellectual work of teaching that takes place inside and outside of my classroom?
    How can I systematically investigate, analyze, and document my students’ learning?
    How can I communicate this intellectual work to campus or disciplinary conversations?

    The Peer Review of Teaching Project (PRTP) provides faculty with a structured and practical model that combines inquiry into the intellectual work of a course, careful investigation of student understanding and performance, and faculty reflection on teaching effectiveness. Begun in 1994, the PRTP has engaged hundreds of faculty members from numerous universities.

    Dana Fritz from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln presented educational rubrics at FATE/Milwaukee. You can download her helpful pdfs:

    Download PeerReviewfacts.pdf (63.3K)
    Download VisLitFacts.pdf (79.2K)

    For more information, please visit or contact them directly at


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    GTA FATE Blog

    In preparation for the FATE Conference in Milwaukee, John Regan, head of Foundations at Northern Illinois University created the GTA Forum on Yahoo Groups. The url is You can also e-mail John directly at

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    ThinkTank 1 Notes

    It began with a brainstorming session between Jim Elniski, Director of first-Year programs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Mary Stewart, head of the core program at Florida State University. We decided to bring together Foundations faculty and administrators from around the country for an intensive discussion of problems and possible solutions.

    As an experimental format, we deliberately limited the size to twenty-five participants. The participants found the Thinktank format substantial and inspiring, and we concluded with a discussion of future Thinktank possibilities, including a session in 2007 specifically devoted to critiques, critical thinking, and critical theory.

    I hope we can generate a whole series of “Thinktanks” around the country during 2008, the year between conferences. You can download the notes on the home page of the blog.

    Mary Stewart, Florida State University
    Jim Elniski, The Art Institute of Chicago

    2006 ThinkTank Participants
    Debra Ambush, Clarksburg High School
    Chad Andrews, Interlochen Center for the Arts
    Arnold Carlson, Interlochen Center for the Arts
    Ann Coddington, Eastern Illinois University
    Charlotte Collins, Kennesaw State University
    Dan Collins, Core Coordinator, Arizona State University
    Kevin Haran, University of Central Florida
    Cindy Hellier-Heinz, Northern Illinois University
    Adam Kallish, Design Consultant
    Marybeth Koos, Elgin Community College
    Jodi Kushins, Graduate Student, Ohio State University
    Sandra Lane, Metropolitan State College of Denver
    Martha MacLeish, Indiana University
    Cora Mashall, Central Connecticut State University
    Sarah Mast, Montana State University
    Amy Metier, Metropolitan State College of Denver
    John Regan, Foundation Head, Northern Illinois University
    Amy Sacksteder, Graduate Student, Northern Illinois University
    Richard Siegesmund, University of Georgia
    Jeff Sheppard, Associate Dean & Foundation Studies Chair, Rocky Mountain Institute of Art
    Jennifer Stevenson, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rocky Mountain Institute of Art
    Batya Tamar, Spelman College
    Tommy White, Virginia Commonwealth University


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    FATE Blog

    Welcome to the "unofficial" blog for Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE)--the national organization for foundation art teaching. We welcome your comments to these posts regarding the promotion of excellence in the development and teaching of college-level foundation courses in both studio and art history. Visit us at

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    ThinkTank began in 2006 as an invitation-only event at the Art Institute of Chicago to discuss the current state of foundation (or core) art programs. About 30 educators and administrators attended this event and generated content around curriculum, teaching and content.

    ThinkTank II will be held May 22-24, 2007 at the University of Georgia, Athens. Facilitated by Mary Stewart, Florida State University and Richard Siegesmund, University of Georgia, the invitation-only event will focus on Teaching the 3 C's: Critical Theory, Critical Thinking, and Critique Strategies.

    The goal of the meeting is to develop clear curriculum modifications that affect the content of both foundations programs and graduate seminars on teaching in visual art. It will address the serious need for better training of MFA candidates in strategies for teaching critical theory, critical thinking, and critique in the visual art/design classroom.

    In addition, it will also address the preparation of high school art students who wish to pursue undergraduate study in art, as well as consideration for the teaching of art appreciation to non-art majors.

    For more information, please contact Mary Stewart at or Richard Siegesmund at

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