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Dorothe Bach

DB1Associate Director and Professor

Born and raised in Germany, Dorothe Bach received a M.A. from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg and a Ph.D. in German Literature from the University of Virginia.. She joined the Center for Teaching Excellence staff full time in 2002. Dorothe designs, directs, and co-facilitates a variety of educational development programs, including the Ignite Program, the Student-Faculty Partnership Initiative, and the Course Design Institute. In addition, she consults with faculty, graduate students, and departments on teaching and learning and she regularly presents workshops locally, nationally and internationally. Her research interests include early and mid-career faculty retention and career satisfaction, course design, learning portfolios, contemplative pedagogy, using social media for learning, transformational learning, and service learning. With colleagues Michael Palmer and Adriana Streifer, she won the 2014 POD Network Innovation award for work on a valid & reliable syllabus rubric.

Dorothe currently teaches two undergraduate course, Spiritual Journeys in Young Adult Fiction and Mindfulness and Prosociality and a graduate seminar Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Dorothe’s CV

Recent Refereed Articles:

  • Bach, D., & Baugher, J. E., (2016). Hast du es eilig, gehe langsam: Kontemplative Pedagogik im Zeitalter der Beschleunigung und Zerstreuung. Zeit. Tagungsband der Internationalen Pedagogischen Werktagung, 95-112.
  • Bach, D., Weiss, P., Inkelas, K.K. & Riewerts, K. (2016). Introducing and Assessing Learning-Focused Course Design at Bielefeld University, Germany, and the University of Virginia, USA. Die Hochschullehre: Interdisziplinäre Zeitschrift für Studium und Lehre. 11(1), 1-19
  • Bach, D. & Cook-Sather, A. (2016) Open Space: Nurturing Reflection, Dialogue, and Radical Listening in Higher Education. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 27(2), 97-116.
  • Bach, D. & Alexander, J. (2015). Contemplative Approaches to Reading and Writing: Cultivating Choice, Connectedness, and Wholeheartedness in the Critical Humanities. Journal for Contemplative Inquiry (pp. 17-36)
  • Palmer, M.S., Bach, D. & Streifer, A. (2014). Measuring the Promise: A Learning‐Focused Syllabus RubricTo Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development, 33 (1), 14-36.
  • Alexander, J. & Bach, D. (2013). Creating Classroom Community with Reflective Blogs. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 9, Issue, 2, 17-29.
  • Lee, V., Bach D., Muthiah, R. (2012) An Exploration of the Spiritual Roots of the Mid-Career Faculty Experience. In: To Improve the Academy. Vol. 28. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 69-85.
  • Alexander, J. & Bach, D. (2011) Reading and Joy. In: Chronicle of Higher Education (September 11, 2011.) Letter to the editor.
  • Bach, D. (2011). Using Scholarly Online Communities to Empower Students. In: Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. Vol. 22, 2, 5-29.
  • Bach, D. & Sorcinelli, M.D. (2010). Assessing Early Career Faculty Programs: The Case for ‘Excellence in Diversity.’ In: L. Nilson & J. Miller (Eds.) To Improve the Academy. Vol. 28. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 310-326.


     Recent Conference Presentations:

  • Measuring Transformational Learning in Faculty Development Programs (with K. Connors) POD Network in Higher Education, Louisville, KY, 2016
  • Using Transparency to Promote Students’ Learning through Faculty Development (with M. A. Winkelmes, L. Willingham McLain, T. Olsen, E. McEwan, V. Keibler, A. Boye, A. Overman) Louisville, KY, 2016
  • Student-Faculty Partnerships for Learning: Co-creating the Future of Higher Education” (with S. Doktor, A. Deatherage, K. Wadzinski, J. Jones, and B. McAvoy) Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Virginia Tec, 2016
  • Creating Beloved Communities: Academic Capitalism, Adaptive Leadership, and the Contemplative Project (w. J. Baugher, R. Chess, B. Everson, M. Lee) Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, Washington, DC, 2015
  • From Development Intervention to Student Learning: Systematically Measuring the Arc of the Educational Transformation Process (with M. Palmer & K. Inkelas) International Consortium of Educational Developers, Stockholm, Sweden, 2014
  • Introducing and Assessing Learner-Centered Principles To and Among the Next Generation of College Professors” (with K. Kurotsuchi Inkelas, D. Little, K. Riewerts, P. Weiss) ICED, Stockholm 2014
  • Creating Classroom Community with Reflective Blogs (with J. Alexander), Lilly Conference, Washington, DC, 2012
  • Connecting Teaching and Research: Insights from Germany (with S. Lahm), POD, Atlanta, GA, 2011
  • East Meets West: Ancient Wisdom, New Science, Engaged Faculty (pre-conference workshop, with S. Robison), POD, Atlanta, GA, 2011
  • Using Scholarly Online Communities to Engage Students, Improving University Teaching Conference, Bielefeld, Germany, 2011.
  • The Case for Excellence in Diversity: Lessons from an Assessment of an Early Career Faculty Program, Keeping out Faculties of Color Symposium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2010.