About the Teaching and Faculty Support Center
The Teaching and Faculty Support Center is an interactive resource for faculty who strive to enhance teaching and learning.
We invest in faculty excellence, promote innovation in teaching and learning, and support programs to advance student success. We provide educational opportunities such as lunch and learn programs, teaching symposiums, reading day events, new faculty orientation, and teaching camps. In addition, we offer competitive teaching and learning grants for faculty. We also provide informational support connecting faculty to the information and resources that they need to enhance their teaching.
We are directed by three faculty co-directors who are active UA faculty. Each co-director serves a three-year term. Each year, a new co-director joins the team and a seasoned co-director rotates off. This model assures that we have a constant influx of new ideas.
Serving TFSC 2022-2025
Serving TFSC 2023-2026
Serving TFSC 2021-2024
Special Events Manager
We are so thankful for the vision and leadership of our founders. We have awards and honors named after each of our co-founders. For more information on the Wally Cordes Chair, the Ro DiBrezzo Service Award, and the Paul Cronan Technology Teaching Excellence Award, check out our awards page.
Serving TFSC (1992-1995, *2000-2001)
Serving TFSC (1992-1997)
Serving TFSC (1992-1994, 2011-2014)
- Lynn Meade (2020-2023)
- Don Johnson (2018-2022)
- Lori Holyfield (2017-2020)
- Julie Trivitt (2019-2020)
- Jack Kern (2016-2019, 2020-2021)
- Mary Savin (2015-2018)
- Lorraine Brewer (2016-2017)
- John Pijanowski (2013-2016)
- Linda Myers (2015-2016)
- Mark Boyer (2014-2015)
- Jeannie Whayne (2012-2015)
- Inza Fort( 2012-2013**, 2003-2006)
- Norm Dennis (2010-2012**)
- Marianne Neighbors (2009-2012)
- Janine Parry (2008-2011)
- Charles Rosenkrans (2007-2010)
Who Was Wally Cordes?
- Cheryl Murphy (2006-2009)
- Neil Allison (2005-2008)
- David Longer (2004-2007)
- Daniel Levine (2002-2005)
- Jim Turpin (2002-2004)
- Deborah Thomas (2001-2003)
- David Gay (1999-2002)
- Richard Lee (1999-2000*)
- Barbara Shadden (1997-2000)
- Craig Beyrouty (1996-1999)
- Tom McKinnon (1994-1998)
- Ro DiBrezzo (1992-1997)
- Wally Cordes (1992-1995, *2000-2001)
- Paul Cronan (1992-1994, 2011-2014)
To create and enhance a community committed to promoting the best practices of teaching and learning.
To provide innovative and engaging programs and resources for our faculty that will promote excellence and will enrich academic programs and learning experiences on our campus.
Committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
We are committed to developing and enhancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging efforts in teaching campus-wide through informed teaching strategies that lead to critical thinking and civil intellectual engagement. We are committed to helping faculty identify best practices for achieving equity, diversity, and inclusivity in both the classroom and the campus community at-large.
What Does DEI Commitment Look Like for Us?
Provide Programming on DEI Related Topic
We are committed to provide educational programming that support diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Here are a few examples of programs realted to DEI:
- The Promise of Equity in Inclusive Education-Bryan Dewsbury
- Inclusive Classroom Practices-Bryan Dewsbury
- Creating Opportunities for Students to Explore Culture in any Class --Paul Calleja, Lynn Meade, Rocio Paez Ritter
- Creating a Culturally Competent Campus by Margaret Butcher, Jackie Mosley
- Using Diversity to Improve Educational Experiences at the University of Arkansas-- Rogelio Garcia Contreras and Jackie Wiersma-Mosley
- Creating Safe and Brave Spaces in the Classroom --Rachel Glade and Lynn Meade
- Diversity Equity and Inclusion in the Classroom--Co-sponsor with DEI
- Talking Race in the Classroom--Caree Banton, Cordes Chair Talk
- We are Windows, We are Mirrors: Pathways to Diversity in our Teaching--Lia Uribe, Cordes Chair Talk
- How to Create a Culture of Respect in the Classroom -Special program for International Faculty --Lynn Meade, Rocio Paez Ritter, Adnan Alrubaye. Amma Zajicek, Angela Mosely-Monts.
Support Nontenured Track Faculty
- We host one luncheon a semester designed specifically for non-tenure track faculty.
- We hosted the first ever listening sessions for non-tenure track faculty. Those discussions lead to systemic changes for our faculty.
- We hosted the first ever program for non-tenure track faculty where each college sent representatives to inform faculty of the promotion process.
- Teaching camp, lunch programs, and awards are offered to non-tenure track faculty and tenure track faculty alike.
Support Graduate Students
- We provide trainers for the graduate teaching assistant orientation.
- We provide handouts and resources to the director of the training for Graduate Students.
(The Graduate School has a program coordinator that oversees and directs programs for Graduate Teaching Assistants. Since their needs are unique and are met by these program offerings, we do not include them in our events but rather we provide support in the form of training support and informational support.)
Support International Faculty
- We hosted the first ever listening session for international faculty.
- We hosted the first ever international faculty luncheon that allowed faculty to discuss their unique needs.
- We offered a special session at Winter Teaching Symposium for international faculty.
- We commit resources to one international faculty luncheon a year and special programs at new faculty orientation.
Provide Opportunities to Experience Other Parts of Campus
We have six Wally Cordes Chair talks a year. We intentionally chose speakers from different colleges and departments, and we encourage the speaker to provide the venue in their home department. This gives faculty an opportunity to experience a variety of buildings and departments.
Provide Access to Programming in Multiple Ways
An ongoing challenge of providing programs is finding times when most people can attend. Many of our programs are offered live and online. Access is an eqiuty issue and we provide in person, remote, and recorded options for many of our programs. Recordings are made available on Scholarworks.
We work closely with many other groups on campus to support teaching. We all come together to support teaching and learning. Here is a brief overview of some of the ways we work together with other programs to support faculty.
Office of Faculty Affairs
We work closely with them to provide New Faculty Orientation. For more on the Office of Faculty Affairs.
TIPS: Teaching Innovation and Pedagogical Support
For more on TIPS