UTSA faculty participate in annual Provost's Academy on Critical Thinking

Provost's Academy

From left, Ron Sweet, Natasha Burns, Richard Wettstein and Deanna White share ideas at the annual academy.
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(June 2, 2011)--More than 40 UTSA faculty members participated in the third annual Provost’s Academy on Critical Thinking at the HemisFair Park Campus May 11-13. The academy helps faculty members to teach more effectively in both large and mid-sized classes through a focused approach to course redesign.

Nationally recognized teaching experts were featured as the keynote speakers at this year’s sessions including David Dees, associate professor of education at Kent State University, and Craig Nelson, professor emeritus of biology at Indiana University and a Carnegie Foundation Outstanding Professor of the Year.

Participants engaged in reflective critical thinking activities and heard presentations on interactive lecturing, collaborative approaches to learning and use of technology in the classroom such as personal response system I-clickers.

Other featured speakers included Mike Miller, associate professor of sociology; Patti Geppert, lecturer in biology and history; Rick Utecht, associate professor of marketing; and Barbara Millis and Jose Vazquez from the Teaching and Learning Center.

Participants received a set of teaching-related resources including material on assessment, concepts maps, critical thinking, deep learning, effective questioning, rubrics, teaching large classes effectively, writing assignments and cooperative learning.

Final program evaluations indicate that participants appreciated the opportunity to develop their teaching skills and network with faculty from other disciplines.