Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Faculty Resources

The Center for Teaching Effectiveness offers TAMUK faculty a variety of resources in support of their professional development. These include workshops on effective teaching strategies; a library of print materials and videos; sample tenure and promotion portfolios; teaching awards; and funding for travel for conference presentations.


Workshops are offered periodically and are open to all TAMUK faculty. Topics include service learning; cooperative learning; active learning strategies; and avoiding plagiarism, among others. These workshops are led by faculty who have knowledge of and experience in the topic.

Fall 2014

Thursday, October 16. Strategies to Accomodate Language Differences. Presented by Odette Gonzalez, Director of TAMU-K Communication Sciences & Disorders Clinic and Elizabeth Laurence, TAMU-K International & Multicultural Programming Coordinator. Rhode Hall 249, 2:00-3:30.  Please RSVP to jaya.goswami@tamuk.edu, X-4413

Spring 2015

Save the date!! 

January 23, 2015, 1:00 p.m. ‐ 3:45 p.m., MSUB 221 AB, Making Writing Intensive Classes Work—Practical Applications for Busy Teachers by Dr. Martha Townsend. Martha (Marty) Townsend is Professor of English at the University of Missouri, former director of MU’s Campus Writing Program, and author of numerous chapters and articles on Writing across the Curriculum/Writing in the Discipline. Her work in writing and general education has taken her to scores of universities across the U. S. as well as to Romania, Korea, Thailand, South Africa, China, Costa Rica, Lithuania, and Turkey—among other places. She recently received her university’s award for Leadership in International Education. Her current research project, The Literate Lives of Athletes: How A Division I Football Program Graduated 100% of Its Senior Players, is a literacy study of one cohort of student‐athletes that managed to play highly competitive Division I football while also maintaining a rigorous academic schedule. 

Spring 2014

Friday, February 28: Cooperative Learning Workshop for faculty offered by David Sabrio and Sue Sabrio, certified trainers of the Johnson & Johnson model of cooperative learning. The presenters will discuss and demonstrate the five principles necessary for successful collaborative work in the classroom, regardless of the content area. Look out for the announcement via email and sign up early, since seats will be limited! Founder's Room, 1:00-3:00 PM.

Thursday, April 17: SAVE THE DATE! Nationally renowned author and scholar of teaching and learning, Dr. Maryellen Weimer presented the keynote address at the 2nd Annual Conference for Student Success to be held on campus. That afternoon, she presented a workshop for faculty (specific topic to be determined). Dr. Weimer has been editor of The Teaching Professor since 1987. She is a Penn State Professor Emeritus of Teaching and Learning. Prior to her retirement, Dr. Weimer taught a variety of communication courses, first year seminars and in learning communities. In 2005, she won Penn State's Milton S. Eisenhower Award for distinguished teaching. Dr. Weimer has consulted with over 400 colleges and universities on instructional issues. She regularly keynotes national meetings and regional conferences. In addition to editorship of the newsletter, Dr. Weimer has authored and edited eight books, most recently, Learner-Centered Teaching and Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning. Noon-4:00 PM, venue TBA

Reading Room and Lending Library

The Center for Teaching Effectiveness offers faculty a collection of books, videos, DVDs, and articles as resources for teaching effectiveness. These materials may be perused in the Reading Room located in Library 203 or borrowed for temporary use. The Center also has sample portfolios for tenure and promotion which may be reviewed in the Reading Room.
To browse through the resources available, please contact Jaya Goswami at jaya.goswami@tamuk.edu.

Constructing a syllabus

Faculty are encouraged to consult the Constructing a Syllabus Handbook by Michael Woolcock, Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning, Brown University (posted here with permission) for ideas on developing an effective course syllabus. Here is a sample syllabus containing the elements required in a syllabus at TAMU-K.

Teaching Portfolio

Faculty interested in developing a teaching portfolio are encouraged to consult the Teaching Portfolio Handbook by Hannelore Rodriguez-Farrar, Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning, Brown University (posted here with permission) for practical suggestions on developing a teaching portfolio.

Results of the CTE Faculty Survey


This page was last updated on: November 13, 2014