2013-2014 Faculty Teaching Exemplars
Critical Thinking Skills for College Students – The 2013-14 Faculty Learning Community for Part-time Faculty
The 2013-14 PT-FLC continues the tradition at the Delphi Center of offering faculty development programs specifically designed to meet the needs of part-time faculty. The theme for the 2013-14 PT-FLC arose from the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which focuses on improving the critical thinking skills of our undergraduate students. This learning community focused on techniques and teaching strategies that faculty can use to promote and improve critical thinking skills of students.
Participants of the PT-FLC developed or revised assignments to more fully weave critical thinking into their courses, learned and applied the principles of collecting and analyzing formative feedback and student impact data for teaching improvement, and supported each other in a reflective professional development setting. Faculty also completed a peer classroom observation.
Participants who completed the FLC said the following:
"I’ve participated in several PT-FLCs over the past few years, and I always come away from them with new ideas for ways to improve my teaching and to make my classes more interesting. It keeps my classes from becoming stale and hopefully makes them more valuable for students."
"We gained exposure to the Paul-Elder model of critical thinking and had many opportunities to utilize the skills we learned by revising and developing assignments for our classes. It was invigorating to be in a room with other university instructors from varied disciplines and hear their perspectives and experiences. "
2013-14 PT-FLC Cohort Members
|Robert Hausladen||Business, Marketing||MKT 360: Business to Business Marketing|
|Judy Heitzman||Kent School||SW 677: Adv. Social Work Practice III|
|Tina Marie Johnson||Kent School||SW 605: Social Work Practice II|
|Rose Mills||A&S, English||ENG 102: Intermediate College Writing|
|Richard Slawsky||A&S, Communication||COMM 112: Business and Professional Speaking|
|Mary Jo Wimsatt||Education||EDTP 301: General Methods|
About Faculty Learning Communities (FLC)
According to Milton D. Cox, a faculty learning community is a group of cross-disciplinary faculty members who come together to work on teaching and learning topics. Members of an FLC participate in activities grounded in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, which further the FLC curriculum, foster learning and professional development, and build community. FLC cohort groups average 8-12 members.