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Faculty Center for Teaching (FCT)

EVENTS & NOTICES

SEPT 21 2014: Andrew Vanden Heuval will present talk on using technology in the classroom. Location is Cisler Center Crow's Nest. Talk is at 3pm, with food and hands-on training to follow. Andrew will be available the following day at 9am for more questions and discussion.

SEPT 17 2014: Roberta Rea will present talk on Appreciative Advising in Cisler Center from 2-4pm and 5-7pm. Food provided between sessions.

MAY 2014: Solicitations are being accepted by the FCT for any faculty that are interested in attending the October '14 Lilly Conference in Traverse City.

APRIL 2014: The FCT awarded eleven faculty nearly $20,000 for projects to improve teaching as part of the FIT mini-grant program.

APRIL 2014: FCT hosted a lunchtime discussion on using document cameras to enhance learning.

MARCH 2014: The FCT hosted two brown-bag sessions on academic advising. A learning community has been created for interested faculty to discuss successful advising strategies.

FEBRUARY 2014: FCT found a new home in the Library, Room 267.

FEBRUARY 2014: A mission statement was established to guide the FCT.

OVERVIEW

The LSSU Faculty Center for Teaching (FCT) is designed to facilitate the development of professional learning communities; discussions; seminars and workshops; print and electronic resources for teaching enhanced use of classroom technology; conference participation; and funding for innovative practices through a mini-grant program.

At the FCT, faculty are able to share experiences and knowledge with colleagues with the purpose of improving instruction and advising. Learning communities around topics such as Teaching First Year Students and Advising help facilitate this communication. Faculty members have the opportunity to gain internal certification in areas such as Advising and in Enhancing Student Learning.

The Faculty Center for Teaching is directed by two faculty coordinators with input provided by a work group of faculty from across campus as well as key academic support and advising staff members.

Resources and training materials, such as books, journals, and videos, are housed within the FCT. This enables LSSU to maximize space, centralize resources to support faculty development in teaching and advising, and utilize enhanced technology programs to deliver content for advisor development and training.

THE FCT MISSION

As stated in LSSU’s core values, teaching is our first priority and focuses on providing student/faculty interaction, learning, and research in current, relevant programs. The LSSU Faculty Center for Teaching (FCT) strives for excellence in teaching and learning by:

  • Recognizing faculty for making improvements in teaching.
  • Facilitating and encouraging learning communities centered around improved instruction and advising.
  • Providing resources and training materials related to improved instruction.
  • Supporting innovative teaching practices and disseminating results of teaching and learning projects.
  • Offering and promoting opportunities for instructional dialogue through seminars, workshops, and conference participation.

ORIGINS

In 2013, as part of a Title III proposal, the LSSU Faculty Center for Teaching was established with the goal of providing resources for faculty to improve teaching.

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