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Pillars of Service

Many opportunities are available for faculty development through the through the Faculty Fellows including nationally renowned speakers, webinars with cutting-edge educational professionals, assistance in course development with an instructional designer, training sessions related to classroom and teaching technology and informal gatherings. Learn more about our pillars of service below!

Fellows gather around the table.

Faculty Roundtables

Faculty Roundtables are held twice each semester and focus on bringing faculty together in an informal and relaxed environment to discuss specific topics that concern them. Open to all faculty at Tarleton regardless of rank, seniority or discipline, roundtables are devoted to the concept that faculty should be encouraged to learn from each other and gain from the experience and expertise of their colleagues. Topics discussed in the past have included classroom management, the educational use of social networking and student incivility.

Dr. Kinman instructing

Course Redesign (CRD)

Faculty learning cohorts are groups of faculty from different backgrounds and disciplines working together to encourage excellence in teaching and learning at Tarleton. The first cohort of faculty began meeting in the Summer of 2011 to take up the challenge of launching Tarleton’s initial Course Redesign project. To date, over 90 faculty members have redesigned their courses to increase student engagement, applied learning and content retention. Learn more about Tarleton Course Redesign.

Mentoring session

Instructional Mentoring

Mentoring is a voluntary service that allows participants to find support and encouragement while discussing, improving and developing innovative teaching strategies. Faculty Mentors provide observation, evaluation and mentoring service in a safe and confidential environment. Informal mentoring opportunities may include invitations to attend faculty roundtables and the Excellence in Teaching Conference, access to the Teaching Toolkit and resource library and links to best practices for teaching in the college classroom.

Dr. Riggs and Dr. Jones pose for a photo.

Faculty Research Partnerships

Faculty members are encouraged to join Tarleton’s vibrant community of teachers and scholars. To facilitate and foster scholarly activity, faculty can collaborate with their peers to conduct action research in an effort to advance the art of teaching through instructional innovation.

Dr. Amber Bozer-Harris presents her SoTL work to peers.

Scholarship for Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Tarleton’s CII and Faculty Fellows as leaders in their field work to enhance Tarleton’s mission to serve students’ diverse learning needs. Developing a cross-disciplinary initiative to promote SoTL fulfills part of the university’s strategic plan. As Tarleton seeks to be the premier student-focused university in Texas and beyond, SoTL remains a critical guiding influence. SoTL is one of the experiences at Tarleton State for faculty to conduct research to determine which teaching and learning practices or experiences impact their students’ learning best. SoTL is offered once a year and provide faculty the tools and resource to study their teaching using research tools and methodologies. To date, the majority of faculty have presented and published their findings in various professional journals. Learn more about Tarleton's Scholarship of Teaching & Learning.

Textbook used for Fall 2018 PDC meetings

Faculty Development Communities (PDC)

Dr. Beth Riggs, PDC Coordinator & Lead, and Dr. Brittany Rodriguez, Faculty Fellow for COLFA, lead a small faculty professional development community (PDC) using informal discussions related to teaching and assessment. The PDC incorporates individual assignments and group assignments to generate authentic discussions related to classroom environments and the application of evidence-based practices. The PDC group will have 2-hour meetings four times during a semester. Dr. Riggs is also conducting research for the faculty fellows and CII to determine the impact of the PDC experiences on our participants, Tarleton faculty. The PDC will use a popular professional development text, Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, as a guide and discussion medium during the PDC meetings and activities. This is the inaugural PDC at Tarleton State University. We have faculty on the waiting list for the spring 2020 PDC; Look for a call regarding the Spring 2020 PDC in October 2019; please join us.

Celebrate Teaching Week 2019

Celebrate Teaching

The Faculty Fellows celebrate teaching! That is what we do! We are passionate about teaching at Tarleton State University since this is how faculty create a “student-focused” university. This is our goal. The best way to learn about the Faculty Fellows and our philosophy about teaching comes every spring semester. During the spring semester, the Faculty Fellows support and direct the Celebrate Teaching Week. This is a week where faculty, with the Faculty Fellows as leaders, come together to discuss teaching and learning strategies and techniques. We sponsor events and encourage faculty to present their best evidence-based strategies at the Excellence in Teaching Conference (EIT), which is the finale event for the Tarleton’s annual Celebrate Teaching Week. Earlier in the week, the Faculty Fellows will be found leading discussion panels and debates regarding teaching and that elusive thing called teaching effectiveness. The experiences that week range from meeting faculty recognized for teaching excellence to interactive discussions with a nationally renowned speaker concerning teaching and learning. The events and ideas exchanged during Tarleton’s Celebrate Teaching Week provide amazing experiences that truly celebrate Tarleton’s purpose—providing our students the best educational experiences that both motivate and challenge them to use the knowledge and skills gained in service to others.