II. Teaching in the College
The mission of the Center for Teaching and Learning is to help beginning and advanced teachers increase their practical and theoretical knowledge of teaching. The Center serves faculty, students, and staff engaged in teaching at the University at all levels, from the College to the Graduate Schools.
The Center provides support to the University community mainly through workshops and conferences for graduate students and faculty in subjects ranging from theories of education to hands-on application of techniques to the use of new technologies. The Center also provides a number of resources, including a lending library of educational books, articles, and videos, a web site devoted to fostering an on-line community of teachers at the University, and the opportunity to have teaching demonstrations videotaped and critiqued by one’s peers.
Now entering its 30th year, the Midwest Faculty Seminar has forged a link between the scholarly and pedagogical concerns of the University of Chicago faculty and those of their colleagues at liberal arts colleges throughout the Midwest. The MFS strengthens the colleges by extending to them the resources available at a research university. It also provides their faculties with opportunities to engage each other in sustained explorations of contemporary scholarly debates in a setting free of the competing demands of teaching and other forms of college service. It strengthens the University of Chicago by creating opportunities for dialogue with colleagues from a range of institutions about scholarly research and its connections with liberal education.
University of Chicago Libraries
The University of Chicago libraries include over 6.7 million volumes, over 28,100 linear feet of manuscript and archival pieces, and 415,000 maps and aerial photographs. Compact shelving has been installed in Regenstein and Crerar to provide on-site housing for our growing print collections. Other resources include a large number of major sets of microform materials, electronic indexes and abstracting services, and a wide variety of full-text electronic books and journals. The computer clusters in Crerar and Harper and the expansion of computer facilities in Regenstein to include the Computer Science Department's Instructional Computing Laboratories as well as the USITE/Regenstein cluster enhance the services available in the Library.
Helpful Library Sites:
Online Course Rosters: http://registrar.uchicago.edu/faculty/
Course book orders are typically placed either through the Seminary Co-op or through the University of Chicago Bookstore. Book order forms are readily available at both stores and should generally be filled out and returned at least one month prior to the first day of class to give the stores enough time to obtain the books. If you will be using foreign or hard to obtain titles, you should give the bookstores additional time to obtain the titles. After you have submitted your book order, you should periodically check with the bookstores to make sure they have been able to obtain the titles you have requested as books do frequently go out of stock and out of print with publishers.
57th Street Books
O'Gara & Wilson, Ltd.
All of the libraries have copiers that are suitable for small jobs. For longer or complicated projects or for high-tech machines, the two best resources are a 24-hour Kinko’s and the University Copy Center, in the Bookstore building, third floor. Both offer self-service and drop-off copying, as well as a range of additional services.
Many faculty use the Humanities or the Social Sciences Duplicating Offices for preparing course packets, which students can purchase. You will need to carefully prepare and submit the packets well in advance of the beginning of the quarter for both of these duplicating offices. You should contact them directly before preparing your course packet to find out their duplication procedures.
Humanities Duplicating Office
Social Sciences Duplicating Office
University Copy Center