Boyer model the focus of WCU-sponsored retreat

Western Carolina University, among the first institutions in the country to adopt the Boyer model across campus, invites educational personnel to learn more about implementing the new philosophy of scholarship on their campuses.

WCU will host a retreat titled “Integrating the Boyer Model” from Sunday, Sept. 19, to Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Renaissance Hotel in Asheville, N.C. The retreat was developed for two- and four-year institutions of higher education seeking to implement the Boyer model on their campuses. It will include consultation with experienced leaders; a collaborative environment with plenary and small-group sessions; individual facilitators assigned to each team; and group-building through a variety of social events highlighting the Western North Carolina region. Representative teams should comprise three to six people who are members of the faculty or staff, faculty development professionals, student affairs professionals or administrators.

Pat Hutchings, a senior associate with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, will be the retreat’s keynote leader. Hutchings has worked with the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and has written widely on the investigation and documentation of teaching and learning, the peer collaboration and review of teaching, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Ernest Boyer introduced an academic model advocating four types of scholarship – discovery, integration, application and teaching – in the 1990 publication “Scholarship Reconsidered.” Boyer argued for the academy to broaden its definition of scholarship to reward faculty for the work they do outside of the conventional boundaries of research, teaching and service.

WCU, which adopted new faculty reward policies based on the Boyer model in 2007, is widely regarded as a leader in promoting institutional change that recognizes a broad range of scholarly activities by faculty.

The retreat is sponsored by WCU’s Office of the Provost and the Coulter Faculty Center. The cost is $1,550 per team. More information and online registration are available at boyer.wcu.edu, or contact Laura Cruz, associate director of the Coulter Faculty Center, at 828-227-2762 or lcruz@wcu.edu.