Bentley Learning and Teaching Council
The mission of the Bentley Learning and Teaching Council (BLTC) is to sustain and strengthen Bentley’s historical commitment to the highest quality education for our students. The BLTC supports the university’s mission:
"To educate creative, ethical, and socially responsible organizational leaders by creating and disseminating impactful knowledge within and across business and the arts and sciences.”
The BLTC assists faculty in fulfilling their potential as “teacher-scholars,” thereby enhancing the learning experience of all Bentley students. To achieve this, the BLTC:
- Engages the Bentley community in conversations about what constitutes effective teaching and enhances graduate and undergraduate learning.
- Encourages, supports and disseminates pedagogical research.
- Supports faculty at all stages of their career in enhancing their teaching.
- Develops programs designed to improve teaching and foster a productive learning environment.
The Bentley Teaching and Learning Council does not currently have the ability to fund faculty projects or travel.
Bentley funding opportunities
Internal funding opportunities are summarized here . Faculty seeking funding for teaching or pegagogical projects are especially encouraged to consider the following opportunities:
- FAC Awards – four application periods per academic year
- Summer grants – applications due in January
Please note that at least 10% of the summer grant funding is allocated to projects focused on pedagogy with an emphasis on pedagogical research, development of publishable cases, or other pedagogical work that can be shared with the larger academic community.
External funding opportunities
To identify external funding for teaching or pedagogical research, the following are suggested as a good starting point:
- Grantforward is a good source of funding opportunities across the board
- Foundation Directory Online (A service of the Foundation Center) is home to thousands of corporate and private foundation profiles
- U.S. Department of Education
- Government Grants can all be found here.
Please contact the office of Foundations and Sponsored Programs for assistance in identifying appropriate external funding opportunities
Resources for Faculty
With the dramatic increase in the international student population at Bentley University, more and more faculty members are seeking additional resources to provide support for their international students. The following handouts offer tips and suggestions to navigate changing classroom dynamics:
- Techniques to encourage classroom participation from English language learners
- Suggestions and Lanuage for presentations
- Understanding and addressing differences in cultural assumptions about good writing - teaching writing to international students
Also watch our Technology Workshop video: Flipping the Classroom
- The English and Media Studies Department offers support for faculty at Bentley University through the Writing Center. Please contact Greg Farber for more information. Support is also offered through the ESOL Center for the instruction of students, who don’t use English as their first language. Please contact Pam Carpenter for more information.
- The Academic Technology Center (ATC) offers all faculty workshops and instructions for the use of technology in- and outside the classroom.
- The Bentley Library has made available an online guide. The purpose of the Teaching Resources Library Guide is to showcase best practice resources and tools available to the Bentley Faculty