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Faculty Center for Teaching (FCT)

EVENTS & NOTICES

OCT 2014: Barb Light will lead a brown bag seminar on best practices for peer classroom visits.

SEPT 2014: Andrew Vanden Heuval, a Google Glass Exporer and online instructor in higher education, presented a talk on using technology in the classroom.

SEPT 2014: Roberta Rea, an Advising Specialist from Oakland University, presented a talk to faculty and staff on Appreciative Advising.

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.

Seminar on Peer Evaluation - October 3 at noon in CAS102

Having faculty perform peer classroom visits as part of the formal evaluation process is something new to LSSU. The Faculty Center for Teaching (FCT) will be sponsoring this brown bag session in order to help faculty make these classroom visits meaningful and non-threatening. Barb Light, a professor from the LSSU School of Education, will lead the seminar. The session will include a mock of what a pre-visit and post-visit discussion might look like.

This session is recommended for both faculty who will be doing peer visits, as well as faculty who will have peers visit their classroom. Note: This is truly a brown bag seminar, meaning that you are welcome to bring and eat your lunch during the presentation. If you have comments or questions, please contact Mark Terwilliger.

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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