(May 27, 2014) -- Each year, a small group of UTSA doctoral students are selected for the University Teaching Fellows (UTF) program to develop their teaching skills and provide service to their departments. Recipients are awarded $25,000 for their participation in the program, which prepares them for a career in academia.
"UTSA is taking vital steps toward Tier One status by financially supporting Ph.D. students and improving their teaching and academic excellence," said Lucretia Fraga, UTSA Libraries teaching and learning consultant and coordinator of the UTF workshops. "The hands-on skill development that the program provides allows Fellows to become essential resources to their departments."
Developed and supported by Daniel Gelo, dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, and now coordinated by the UTSA Libraries Teaching and Learning Services unit, the program involves a yearlong series of workshops on both teaching in the classroom and teaching online in hybrid-blended formats.
In addition to workshops, Fellows complete a service project that directly benefits their department. Past UTF service projects have included creating a repository database for lesson plans, quantifying doctoral data for hands-on research, helping faculty digitalize teaching formats to develop an online curriculum and using the Quantitative Literacy Program model to increase students' critical thinking.
"The UTF program is a fantastic opportunity for graduate students from any department," said Jennifer Bonavia, a 2013-2014 Fellow in the Department of Anthropology. "It provided the opportunity to become more deeply involved within the UTSA community. I have gained many essential skills that will benefit my department, community and future academic endeavors."
Fellows have already been selected for the 2014-2015 academic year, but applications for the 2015-2016 UTF program will become available this fall. For more information, visit the University Teaching Fellows Web page.
The annual Student Affairs Conference provides invaluable professional development opportunities for all UTSA Student Affairs staff as well as faculty and staff throughout UTSA and other local institutions.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104), Main Campus
Lisa Carrington Firmin, UTSA associate provost for veteran and military affairs, will deliver the keynote at this summit where veterans and professional leaders will share best practices regarding veteran-related opportunities.
The Club at Sonterra, 901 Sonterra Blvd., San Antnio
Conversations on Science and Art is hosted by UTSA Art Collection and UT Health San Antonio Research. It features an interview with artist, remarks by VP for Research Dr. Andrea Giuffrida, followed by a roundtable QA with curator Arturo Almeida.
South Texas Research Facility, Lobby 8403 Floyd Curl Dr. San Antonio
Campers in 9th grade through college will receive instruction and coaching on agility testing and position specific drills to refine and improve his skillset as a football player.
Recreational Field Complex, Main Campus
Inspired by UTSA's renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection, the evening features cuisine and spirits of celebrated chefs from San Antonio and Mexico.
Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson St., San Antonio
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.
Various locations, Main Campus
Campers 6-12 years old will enjoy the summer learning to read, write and speak the Chinese language. They also will learn about the Chinese culture such as martial arts, painting and drawing, arts and crafts and more.
Confucius Institute at UTSA (MB 1.208), Main Campus
Campers 7th grade and up will focus on individual development with emphasis on simplifying and teaching the specific skills and movements associated with the game. Serving, passing, setting, attacking and individual defense will all be covered. In addition, team concepts will be emphasized.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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