SEAL Academy

Only for the few...the proud...the VC faculty.  This selective program is designed as an intensive professional development program to assist faculty fully implement active learning strategies in their courses through a course transformation process.

SEAL Academy is a multi-faceted program with a small cohort of faculty that collaborate and provide a forum for authentic conversation that is encouraging and challenging.  This year-long program consisting of three phases:

  • Phase 1
    Beginning in the Spring Semester, 15 selected faculty members form a community of practice facilitated by professional at CAPE.  Meeting weekly for two hours, these faculty members work through a student-centered curriculum that discusses and models best practices of active learning while reflecting on their teaching styles and course content.  SEAL Team members are encouraged to experiment and share, all the while working collaboratively to promote student centered teaching.
  • Phase 2
    After this semester of focused study and conversation, SEAL Team members work individually and with CAPE professionals during the summer to transform their courses using active learning strategies.  Course syllabi will be modified, activities developed, and assessments designed.  Participants are expected to spend a minimum of 20 hours to complete this phase.
  • Phase 3
    Beginning an academic year with a transformed course and support from a cohort of peers, SEAL Team members will teach their SEAL Courses.  Monthly Team meetings will punctuate the semester to allow for collaboration.  Peer reviews and assessment will also provide feedback and data for the process.

The entire experience will culminate in a individual project that is a compilation of the SEAL Course, including a reflective summary, documenting each phase and that will serve to guide other VC faculty in their quest for teaching excellence.  This summary concludes the Academy and earns participants a SEAL of APPROVAL designation in the VC catalog, schedule, and other print resources, as well as a stipend


SEAL Team 1

The SEAL Academy is being piloted by the faculty involved with the development and implementation of the QEP.  SEAL Team 1 kicked off in January 2014 and just completed Phase 1. 

SEAL Team 1: (seated) Brian Hutcheson, Debbie Pena, Tempi McLeod, Sharon Hyak; (standing) Dan Murphy, Lisa DeVries, Bobby Cubriel, Marty Stockbaurer, Jeremy Gould, and Jeff Mendenhall


SEAL Team 2 

Applications for SEAL Team 2 will be available in August 2014.  Look for "We Want YOU for SEAL Team 2" during Fall 2014 Convocation. All VC faculty are invited to apply. Applications are due on September 15, 2014. SEAL Team 2 will begin in January 2015.

For more information about this program, please contact Tempi McLeod, Director of QEP.


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