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. The following workshops are being offered in Fall 2012.
- Avoiding Plagiarism with "Turnitin" : 1:30 PM, Thursday, October 4, 2012, in Fore Hall computer lab
- Making the Most of your Faculty Development Leave" : 1:30 PM, Thursday, October 4, 2012, in Blue Room Fore Hall
The Center for Teaching Effectiveness presents two awards annually: the Non-Tenure-Track Teaching Excellence Award and the Outstanding General Education Teacher Award, each recognized with a plaque and a monetary award.
The following faculty members have received these awards in recent years:
- Non-Tenure-Track Teaching Excellence Award
- 2011-2012: Judith Bloomquist, (Department of Health and Kinesiology)
- 2010-2011: Adria Palacios Vasquez (Department of Accounting and Finance)
- Outstanding General Education Teacher Award
- 2011-2012: Dr. Christine Reiser-Robbins, (Department of Psychology and Sociology)
- 2010-2011: Marco Iniguez Alba (Department of Language and Literature
The Center or Teaching Efectiveness awarded four $500 Travel Awards in Spring 2012 to faculty toward travel for scholarly presentations at conferences on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Recipients were:
- Dr. Valentin Ekiaka, Department of Teacher and Bilingual Education
- Dr. Kelly Fisher and Dr. Ashley Bennington, Department of Management and Marketing
- Dr. Lori Kupczynski, Department of Educational Leadership
- Dr. Sarjinder Singh, Department of Mathematics
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Certificate of Professional Development in Teaching
The Center for Teaching Effectiveness and the Center for Student Success are pleased to offer faculty at TAMUK the opportunity to earn a Teaching Professional Development Certificate. This credential may serve as documentation of a professional development activity in a teaching portfolio.
To obtain the Teaching Professional Development Certificate, a faculty member will have to participate in:
1. AVID training
2. Instructional coaching.
AVID workshops demonstrate ways to facilitate student engagement and success through the use of effective teaching strategies. For the workshop schedule or for more information, please contact Dr. Nancy KingSanders, Center for Student Success, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (361) 593-3290.
Instructional coaching involves a partnership between a faculty member and an instructional coach to identify a challenging instructional focus area, set goals, develop and implement a plan to achieve them. For more information, please contact Dr. Jaya Goswami, Center for teaching Effectiveness, at email@example.com or (361) 593-4413.
This page was last updated on: September 12, 2012