Our Programs

The Teaching and Faculty Support Center provides a variety of programs throughout the year which are open to all teaching faculty at the University of Arkansas.


Faculty Commendations

 The Teaching and Faculty Support Center awards two Teaching Faculty Commendations:

  • New Faculty Commendation for Teaching Commitment - first and second year faculty
  • Not-So-New Faculty Commendation for Teaching Development - third year or more faculty

Award recipients will be recognized at the annual Faculty Teaching Awards Reception in September. 


Teaching Grants


The Teaching and Faculty Support Center awards two types of teaching grants designed to fund activites to further enhance teaching excellence in support of the teaching mission at the University of Arkansas. 

  •  Teaching Innovation Travel Grants (up to $2,500 each)
  • Student Success Grants (partnered with Global Campus, up to $5,000 each)

The call for these grants goes out mid-February and are due mid-March. Watch your email for the announcements. 


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 New Faculty Orientation


The Teaching and Faculty Support Center hosts a day-long session designed to introduce new faculty to the University of Arkansas.


Faculty Lunch Series



The Teaching and Faculty Support Center a variety of  lunch programs.

Tuesday and Wednesday, September 6/7, 2022

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 4/5, 2022

Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1/2, 2022

Tuesday and Wednesday, February 7/8, 2023

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 7/8, 2023

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 4/5, 2023

  • The Not So New Faulty Discussion  is designed for faculty with more than three years of teaching experience.
  • The Non-tenure Track Lunch Discussion is designed for all non-tenure track faculty. 
  • The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lunch is focused on DEI issue in teaching.
  • The International Faculty Luncheon is designed to provide resources for international faculty. 
  • Reading Day Lunch program provides a program for all faculty at the end of the semester.  

Friday, December 9, 2022

Friday, May 5, 2023

The lunch and the program are free to faculty, but a reservation is needed to secure your meal order. 


New Faculty Lunch Discussion       Not So New Faulty Discussion  

Faculty Enrichment Series


The Teaching and Faculty Support Center in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Enhancement offers the Faculty Enrichment Series.  Program topics can be found on the Office of Faculty Affairs


Winter Teaching Symposium


The Teaching and Faculty Support Center hosts the Winter Teaching Symposium, a half-day event  to start off 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.

Thursday, January 12, 2023


Baum Teaching Workshop

This is presented by the Teaching Acacemy and the Office of the Provost. We help to spread the word about this excellent program. 


Thursday, August 18, 2022—8:00-11:30am


Teaching Camp


The Teaching and Faculty Support Center hosts Teaching Camp where faculty spend time reflecting on teaching, engaging with other teachers, and jumpstarting the academic year.  Camp is an informal 2-3 day opportunity to focus on one or more aspects of teaching in a relaxed, offsite venue.  Applications are required, so watch your mailbox in the spring for details.  Camp is usually offered in August. 

Teaching Award Banquet


The Teaching and Faculty Support Center and the U of A Teaching Academy  co-sponsor the Faculty Teaching Awards Reception. This annual event, held at the Hembree Alumni Center, recognizes faculty who have received university-level teaching awards during the previous academic year.

4:30-6:30 pm, Tuesday, September 27, 2022
at  Alumni House, Boyer Hall 


Paul Cronan Technology Teaching Excellence Award

 Nominations will be taken for faculty members who have excelled in using technology to enhance their teaching.  

Ro Di Brezzo Service to Teaching Award

The codirectors award a faculty member who provides substantial service to teacher training.

Wally Cordes Chair: Conversations with Colleagues


Wally Cordes ChairThe Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center (TFSC) established the "Wally Cordes Chair" in September 2016 to honor its co-founder and first co-director and to celebrate an inspiring teacher and his wonderful career.  We recognize six teachers a year. The Chair Speaker is chosen by the TFSC co-directors. 

Wally Cordes was a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for more than 30 years. He was regarded by many as simply one of the very best teachers on campus. He had a unique style and an enthusiasm that was contagious.

Wally Cordes taught large-enrollment chemistry courses, but despite the large number of students he taught each semester, he invited every student to his office each semester to spend five minutes in his rocking chair to meet their professor. Through Conversations with Colleagues, the Wally Cordes TFSC continues the tradition of informal conversations meant to cultivate a community united in learning by honoring a different teaching faculty member on campus each month as the Wally Cordes Chairperson. The Wally Cordes Chairperson possesses the Wally Cordes rocking chair and hosts an informal conversation about teaching and learning. Thus, the "chair" travels the campus but consistently brings together those dedicated to helping each other improve student success at the University of Arkansas. Notifications of the Wally Cordes Chair events around campus are sent to all faculty prior to each monthly program.  Click here to see the list of Wally Cordes Chairs.