Thursday, September 03, 2015

UTSA University Teaching Fellows program fosters Ph.D. student teaching excellence

University Teaching Fellows

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(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.

 

 

Did You Know?

UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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