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.
The Teaching and Faculty Support Center awards two Teaching Faculty Commendations:
Award recipients will be recognized at the annual Faculty Teaching Awards Reception in September.
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.
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.
- The New Faculty Lunch Discussion is focused on faculty with less than three years of experience.
- 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.
- Dead Day Lunch program provides a program for all faculty at the end of the semester.
The lunch and the program are free to faculty, but a reservation is needed to secure your meal order.
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 for Faculty Development and Enhancement website.
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.
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.
Nominations will be taken for faculty members who have excelled in using technology to enhance their teaching.
The codirectors award a faculty member who provided substantial service to teaching.
The 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. 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.