One of the most important roles for any faculty member (both tenure-track and non-tenure-track) is serving the campus community. Faculty play a major role in shaping the students' lives through their interactions with them, as well as helping fulfill the campus research mission. Many faculty serve on various committees through faculty senate, participate in campus functions (e.g. commencement), and advise students in their departments.
The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence has a few additional ways that faculty can serve by directly working with CAFE. Any campus service work should be documented in myVITA for purposes of promotion and tenure.
Since 2011, the educational research mini-grant program has promoted the scholarship of teaching and learning through funding projects that systematically examine pedagogical practices. The program is designed to help instructors tackle a teaching and learning issue in which a specific, measurable research question is examined to bring about improved student learning, retention, or academic success for all students.
The purpose of the educational research mini-grant program is to provide funding for instructors to explore specific research questions about teaching and student learning, in order to promote a culture of the scholarship of teaching and learning.
This committee will review proposals for the mini-grant and judge their merit on the established criteria for the grant. This committee meets only once to determine the recipients of the grant.
Selecting the presentations at the Innovation in Teaching and Learning Conference (ITLC).
The Provost’s eFellows grant program, which began in 2010, was established to improve the learning environment while preserving and maximizing the physical learning facilities available for instruction. CAFE instructional designers provide support to develop the courses using best practices for eLearning.
Faculty members are invited to submit proposals to request funding for eLearning, blended or online course development projects, especially projects that are innovative and collaborative and that leverage resources. Projects should be consistent with departmental and campus priorities. Preference will be given to those that are part of a larger plan to redesign a sequence of courses, degree, or certificate program.
This committee will review proposals for the eFellows program and judge their merit on the established criteria for the grant. This committee meets only once to determine the recipients of the grant.
Teaching Partners is a voluntary, confidential opportunity for instructors who want to enhance their teaching through peer observation and feedback. Trained faculty mentors and instructional designers meet with interested instructors in a pre-observation meeting, observation of a class session, and post-observation follow-up meeting. Individualized feedback is provided in a collegial atmosphere based on questions or concerns identified by the instructor being observed. All observations will issue feedback based on instructor knowledge, organization, skills and techniques, communication, and student performance. The program is built on principles of respect, collegiality, and mutual sharing that benefits both parties.
The Miner Master Mentors program provides confidential mentoring by a cadre of accomplished and respected Missouri S&T faculty. Established to enhance a culture of mentorship on campus, Master Mentors are available as a resource to all tenure-track, tenured, non-tenure track, and contingent faculty beyond their S&T departmental resources. The Master Mentors have a collective breadth of expertise to provide meaningful and accurate advice and information regarding all aspects of faculty professional development.
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