The Faculty Center is the initial point of contact for instructors interested in improving the quality of their teaching, dealing with a difficult classroom issue, or interested in assessing student learning. As the faculty "Front Door," of the Teaching, Learning + Technology (TLT) organization, the center draws on the expertise of professionals specializing in classroom technology, academic software, course delivery, online video conferencing, multimedia development, best practices in teaching and learning, and much more.
The Faculty Center offers consultation in all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment. All consultations are kept strictly confidential. Client identity, professional observations, or conclusions are never reported. The focus is on three aspects of the faculty member:
In addition to individual consultation, the Faculty Center offers workshops for faculty and teaching assistants on pedagogy, assessment, curriculum, and the use of technology.
The underlying philosophy is constructivist, and seeks to move from a teacher-centered model to a learner-centered model that encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning. To this end, the Faculty Center promotes strategies that foster critical thinking, collaborative learning, case and problem-based learning, and inclusive, multicultural teaching.
The Faculty Center is located on the first floor of the Melville Library, Room S1461. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additional hours are available by appointment.
Facilities include a faculty lounge with a public computer workstation, a small lending library on teaching assessment and academic technology, and a high-tech conference room with video conferencingthat is available for workshops and meetings related to the Faculty Center's mission. Laptop computers are available for up to 12 participants.