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.


Faculty Commendations

To recognize efforts to improve teaching beyond the student evaluation scores and reward faculty who invest in teaching improvement on campus, the Teaching and Faculty Support Center awards two Teaching Faculty Commendations:  the New Faculty Commendation for Teaching Commitment and the Not-So-New Faculty Commendation for Teaching Development. Teaching faculty may work toward one of these commendations during the academic year and award recipients will be recognized at the annual Faculty Teaching Awards Reception in September. Please click on the links below for more information including eligibility criteria.


2020 Call for Grant Proposals


The Teaching and Faculty Support Center is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Teaching Grant competitions. There are two types of grants available this year:  Teaching Innovation Travel Grants (up to $2,500 each) and Student Success Grants (partnered with Global Campus, up to $5,000 each).  These grants are offered in order to fund activities to further enhance teaching excellence in support of the teaching mission at the University of Arkansas. 

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 New Faculty Orientation


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.

New Faculty Orientation Presentations, August 18, 2020:


Faculty Lunch Series


Each semester, two separate programs are offered, based upon teaching experience. The New Faculty Lunch Discussion 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 Discussion 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.

New Faculty Lunch Discussion       Not So New Faulty Discussion  

Faculty Enrichment Series


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.


All Faculty Dead Day


Our All Faculty Dead 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.


Winter Teaching Symposium


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.


Teaching Camp


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.



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. 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. 



TIPS for Teaching with Technology Workshop


The Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center, in collaboration with IT Services and Global Campus, now offers a faculty-led workshop series on teaching with technology.  Each month a faculty member will present on a way that they use technology in the classroom and discuss with the attendees ways that they can incorporate it in their own classroom.  Lunch will be provided and notification of each workshop topic and a reservation request is sent to all faculty prior to each program. There will be two sessions held on each topic and space is limited.

In addition to the workshop, there will also be an open Friday follow-up lunchtime session called “Caffeinate Your Course” at the TIPS Center in Mullins Library 289 where we assist interested faculty members in taking the first step in implementing the topic discussed in the workshop. 

TIPS for Teaching with Technology