Projects in Progress


  • Revising the TA system

  • Senior TAs are conducting a survey on the utilization of TAs along with establishing an adequate system of support

    Senior TAs (STAs) are appointed from long-time TAs. They are conducting a comprehensive investigation on how TAs/CSs are being utilized under the current system and will produce a report of their findings, which will be shared with the faculty. Unlike senior TAs at universities outside Japan, STAs at ICU are not given the authority to oversee other TAs or intervene in their work. STAs at ICU will plan TA seminars and workshops that are appropriate under the current TA/CS system. STAs will also create templates for counseling (support, consulting, etc.) and will be responsible for TA development in the future.


  • UB Project

  • “Designing and implementing a new faculty development program for recently hired faculty members designed to introduce the experience of teaching in a liberal arts college”

    The aim of this project is to design, implement and evaluate a new faculty development program for recently hired faculty members that is designed to introduce them to teaching in a liberal arts college. The program will consist of blended learning, online learning, and mobile learning and will target new faculty, part-time lecturers (PTLs) and teaching assistants (TAs) who need guidance and support. The program will cover teaching strategies, communication skills, and the innovative use of media and technology. Through this project, we hope that new teaching staff will be able to acquire the skills that are needed to teach effectively in a liberal arts college. It is hoped that the development of such skills will allow faculty members to inspire students to engage in intellectual inquiry as a positive and consistent part of their time in the classroom. 

  • Working Groups

    • TES WG: A working group to review the Teaching Effectiveness Survey

    • Syllabus WG: A working group to improve the quality of syllabi

    • SNSS WG: A working group to improve the operation and the services of Special Needs Support Service.