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.

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. Please RSVP to Jaya Goswami at jaya.goswami@tamuk.edu by Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

Thursday, April 17: SAVE THE DATE! Nationally renowned author and scholar of teaching and learning, Dr. Maryellen Weimer will present the keynote address at the 2nd Annual Conference for Student Success to be held on campus. That afternoon, she will present 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

Fall 2013.

  • “Prevent Plagiarism with Turnitin” 3:00 PM, Thursday, September 26, 2013
  • “Writing to Learn: Using Writing as a Problem-Solving Tool” 3:00 PM, Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Teaching Awards

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:

•             2013 Non-Tenure Teaching Award: Crissy Hinojosa, Dept. of Information Systems
•             2013 General Education Teaching Award: Stacey Gaines, Dept. of Health & Kinesiology

Travel Awards

The Center or Teaching Efectiveness awarded four $500 Travel Awards in Spring 2013 to faculty toward travel for scholarly presentations at conferences on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Recipients were:

  • Dr. Jacqueline Thomas, Department of Language and Literature, College of  Arts and Sciences
    • Title of presentation: "Combining a Service Learning Project with a Study Abroad Experience” presented at the 2013 American Association of Teachers of French Conference
  • Dr. Elizabeth Wardle, Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling, College of Education and Human Performance
    • Title of presentation: "Nontraditional Students in the Digital Age” presented at the 2013 Society for Informational Technology and Teacher Education Conference

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: April 23, 2014