2016-2017 Teaching Excellence Faculty Seminar Series

New Faculty Teaching Excellence Seminar Series on the Building Blocks of Teaching Excellence
Develop and Document Your Teaching Skills

CIL Faculty Seminar Series

Summary: Quality learning begins with quality teaching.  Many university professors enter the classroom with little to no practice or training in the skills needed to successfully deliver information in the classroom, particularly those in the sciences.  This seminar series is designed to provide a brief overview of educational philosophy, psychology, and research supporting a variety of effective teaching practices in the adult classroom and to enhance the teaching skills of current faculty.

Program description: This seminar series is a 12-session series over the course of two full semesters (fall and spring).  Each session will be 60 minutes long and provide lunch for those attendees who have registered for the full series.  Others are welcome to attend seminars covering topics of interest and they may bring their own lunch. Space is limited. Please register below.

Those attending at least 9 of the 12 sessions will be awarded a Certificate of Completion, indicating they have had at least nine hours of educational instruction and practice over the year. Those who are willing to be evaluated at least three times during the year and have demonstrated the effective use of learned concepts will receive an additional Certificate of Teaching Excellence. More about evaluation will be explained during the sessions.

Each seminar will focus on a topic related to educational theory, research, and/or practice.  All participants will be taught through a mixture of didactic and active learning methods to demonstrate the variety of ways information may be delivered.  See tentative outline of topics/activities below.  All topics will incorporate opportunities for all attendees to learn about the technique through practice and will include appropriate technological tools if available. Please see the topics and dates on the table below. Sessions are from 12 noon to 1 PM.


Date Seminar # Topic Presenter
September 12, 2016 1 Session is full Why learn how to teach? What is your learning style? Katherine Fogelberg
September 26, 2016 2 completed Educational philosophy, History and research Katherine Fogelberg
October 10, 2016 3 completed Learning theories Katherine Fogelberg
October 24, 2016 4 completed Teaching techniques – didactic Molly Weinburgh
November 7, 2016 5 completed Teaching techniques – inquiry based Cassandra Cartmill
January 19, 2017 6 completed Teaching techniques – Problem-based Jennifer Culver
January 30, 2017 7 completed Teaching techniques – Case based Faculty Panel
February 13, 2017 8 completed Enhancing course delivery with Canvas Robin Bartoletti & Bryan Hauf
February 27, 2017 9 completed The importance of good assessments – formative Jennifer Culver
March 13, 2017 10 completed The importance of good assessment – summative Jennifer Culver
March 27, 2017 11completed Exploring student learning with technology Shane Fernando
April 10, 2017 12 completed Wrap up, what we have learned and how it may help Katherine Fogelberg


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Teaching Excellence Seminar series, participants will:

  1. Explore selected educational theories, research and practices and their influence on the teaching-learning process.
  2. Integrate learning theory and practice into instructional planning and assessment.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate selection of educational practices discussed and applied throughout the series.
  4. Discuss the importance of, and differences between, formative and summative assessments.
  5. Incorporate appropriate educational practices into courses delivery in order to engage learners.
  6. Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of educational practices.

Facilitator and Lead Presenter:

Katherine Fogelberg is the Director of Quality Instruction for the UNTHSC School of Public Health, where she is also an Assistant Professor and Director of the MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and the Graduate Certificate in Food Security and Public Health programs.  She earned a PhD in Science Education from TCU and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University; her clinical experience includes work with companion animals, wildlife, and zoo animals.  Her research looks at ways to improve teacher quality at the university level, and the general impact that animals have on the health of humans.  Dr. Fogelberg is an active member of numerous veterinary medicine and public health societies, and serves as a reviewer for a number of scholarly journals.

Additional Facilitators and Presenters:

Molly Weinburgh is the William L. & Betty F. Adams Chair of Education and Director of the Andrews Institute of Mathematics & Science Education at Texas Christian University.  Her honors include the Chancellor’s Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teachers and Scholar, Piper Professorship, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Her scholarship focuses on equity issues in science education and inquiry-based instruction.  Her most recent research has centered on academic language acquisition and conceptual understanding in science by emerging multilingual students.  She is an active member of numerous science education societies and editor of the Electronic Journal of Science Education.

Robin Bartoletti is Instructional Designer for the Center for Innovative Learning. She has a PhD in Education from Texas Womans University and a Masters of Science in Information Science from UNT. She has a graduate certificates of advanced study in Digital Learning from UNT and Online Teaching and Learning from University of West Georgia. Her recent research interests include Maker Education, Design Thinking, effective use of digital learning materials in higher ed. Her publications include a look at instructor efficacy in Mobile Learning, Iterative Course Design, Social Media in Higher Education and the human element of teaching and learning.

Bryan Hauf is Instructional Technologist for the Center for Innovative Learning and Institutional Coordinator for the Quality Matters Program. He is completing his Masters Degree in Educational Technology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where he is a scholarship recipient in his degree area for outstanding academic achievement. He has a graduate certificate in E-Learning from the University of Texas at Brownsville. His experience includes designing over 500 e-learning courses across 15 institutions and integrating technology in blended and fully online classes. His recent research interests include online teaching competencies, gamification of learning, and competency-based education.

Jennifer Culver is Instructional Tech Specialist for the UNTHSC Center for Innovative Learning. She earned a PhD in Humanities from UT Dallas, an MA from UNT, and has graduate certification in Digital Learning and Teaching. Her experience includes creating a statewide online teaching certification course for K-12 teachers, which emphasized finding ways to engage reluctant learners, a topic she has presented at the regional and national level. Her publications examine philosophical and rhetorical ideas presented in popular culture and using popular culture in learning to engage and find relevancy with students.

Cassandra Cartmill received her bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Texas Lutheran University, she taught Advanced Placement (AP) biology, Pre-AP biology, and chemistry in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD for ten years prior to attending UNTHSC. For the past six years, she has been a consultant for the Colorado Education Initiative, where she facilitated Pre-AP biology teachers to increase the inquiry and rigor in their classrooms. As a master teacher, Cassandra has assisted Dallas ISD biology teachers by introducing them to innovative and interactive lessons for all levels of students through the UT Southwestern STARS program. She has also presented these activities at the annual Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST).