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Faculty Senate awards Teaching Initiative grants

The Faculty Senate has awarded 27 projects in the University Teaching Initiatives pilot program, a three-year effort to promote excellent teaching and to support faculty in enhancing courses, especially with the use of technology tools.

Now going into its third and final academic year, 2000-01, the initiative has been funded by Vice President and Provost Peter W. Low at $100,000 per year since 1998. Each project is awarded up to $5,000.

A Faculty Senate Academic Affairs subcommittee, headed by law professor George Cohen, looked for proposals to improve the evaluation of teaching, as well as the development of teaching skills among faculty and graduate teaching assistants.

An annual forum in the fall, organized by the Teaching Resource Center, will give participants an opportunity to share their successes with colleagues throughout the University.

The Faculty Senate and Teaching Resource Center will then evaluate the pilot program to recommend whether it should be continued, said economics professor William Johnson, chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. The committee also plans to highlight the top 10 to 12 projects from all three years, Johnson said.

Teaching Initiatives Awards, Spring 2000
Name Department Project
Brian Balogh History Electronic Source Book Web Site Expansion
Michael Bednar Architecture Digital Representation of Urban Places
Greg Colomb English Diagnosing Problems in Student Essays: Training
Shawn Paul Evans Drama Scenic Technology Digital Teaching Materials
Steven Finkel Government & Foreign Affairs Teaching Assistant Development Program
Cassandra Fraser Chemistry Biomaterials: Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminar
Jose Fuentes & Thomas Smith Environmental Sciences Develop Lab Manual: Atmospheric Science & Ecology Course
Harry Gamble Religious Studies Digitized Course Material with Interactive Map Interface
David Germano Religious Studies Tibetan Digital Learning Resources
Jeffrey Hantman Anthropology Merging Archaeology Field Site and Web Site
Sharon Hays Sociology Promote Excellence in Graduate Teaching Assistants
* Shelley Huffstutler Nursing Learning and Sharing Health Assessment Skills
Richard Jacques, John O'Connell & Mark Shields Engineering School Technology, Culture & Communication Department Team-Based Simulations
Daniel Lefkowitz Asian & Middle Eastern Languages and Literature Develop Resources for Teaching Modern Hebrew
Nelson Lichtenstein History Oral History Workshop on Local Textile Factory
Angeline Lillard Psychology Improve Discussion Sections, Web Page, Create Teaching Form
Borjana Mikic Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Evaluation of Undergraduate Educational Climate
Anne Monius Religious Studies Creation of Digitized Video and Audio Database
Deborah Parker Spanish, Italian & Portuguese Italian Language Resource Materials
John Pfaltz & Anita Jones Engineering, Computer Science Animation of Structures for Lecture, Lab, Homework
Paul Reynolds Engineering, Computer Science For the Cost of Lecture, the Benefits of Tutoring
Larry Sabato Government & Foreign Affairs Improve Intro. to American Politics Course
* Judith Sands Nursing Peer Development for Clinical Educators
Helen Shen & Tomoko Marshall Asian & Middle Eastern Languages and Literature Web-Based Chinese/Japanese Character Learning Program
* Virginia Taylor Cell Biology Interactive CD-ROM for Learning Human Anatomy
* Virginia Taylor Cell Biology Virtual Human Anatomy: 3D Journey Through Human Skull
Diane Whaley Curry School Human Services Department, kinesiology program Create Web-Based Evaluations, Update Materials
* Funded by Dr. Robert W. Cantrell, Vice President and Provost, Health System, rather than by Vice President and Provost Peter W. Low


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