About Our Programs
The Teaching and Faculty Support Center provides a variety of programming throughout the year which is open to all teaching faculty at the University of Arkansas.
Each fall the TFSC hosts New Faculty Orientation, where all new faculty are invited to attend a day-long session as an introduction to the University of Arkansas.
Each semester, two separate programs are offered, based upon teaching experience. The New Faculty Lunch Series is focused on teaching assistants and teaching faculty with less than three years of experience. Lunch is provided four times during each semester, along with engaging and relevant topical programs. The Not So New Faulty Series is offered twice each semester and is designed for faculty with more than three years of teaching experience. Notification of each lunch topic and a reservation request is sent to all faculty prior to each program.
The Faculty Enrichment Series is offered in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Enhancement and is open to all faculty at the University of Arkansas. The program topics can be found on the Office for Faculty Development and Enhancement website. Generally, there are two topical programs each semester offered in a variety of formats.
Our All Faculty Reading Day Event, a tradition at the University of Arkansas is a campus-wide gathering of faculty for a meal and programming (ranging from formal presentations to informal workshops) on teaching. All faculty are invited via campus-wide communication. The Dead Day events occur during both the Fall and Spring semesters.
The Winter Teaching Symposium is a half-day teaching symposium after the break between the Fall and Spring semesters, and is considered by many faculty to be the official beginning of the Spring semester. Beginning with breakfast and remarks by campus administrators, a topical program is offered and followed by a variety of faculty-lead breakout sessions. Winter Teaching Symposium concludes with lunch, after which many faculty feel ready for the semester to begin. The topic for the Winter Symposium is announced with the invitation is sent to all faculty.
Usually scheduled for August, Teaching Camp is another faculty tradition. Camp is
an informal 2-3 day opportunity to focus on one or more aspects of teaching in a relaxed,
offsite venue. The program and topics vary each year, but the objective of the program
is to spend time reflecting on teaching, engaging with other teachers, and jumpstarting
the academic year. Applications are required to be considered for camp and the call
for interested campers is sent to all faculty during the Spring, along with the deadline
for returning them to the TFSC. The number of places at camp are limited by the venue,
so be sure to submit an application by the deadline.