Faculty Development & Awards

We invite the faculty of Tennessee Tech to take advantage of the faculty development opportunities and resources available on TTU's campus.

Please review the tabs above for more information about faculty workshops, support resources, and outstanding faculty awards.

 

Faculty Development Steering Committee

Dr. Mike Allen, Director / Technology Institute / TTU Box 5071

Dr. Douglas Bates, Dean / Library & Learning Assistance / TTU Box 5066

Dr. Carl Owens, Director/Center for Excellence Learning and Teaching/TTU Box 5044

Dr. Sally Pardue, Director / Millard Oakley STEM Center / TTU Box 5112

Dr. Steve Robinson, Director of TQI / TTU Box 5051

Dr. Mark Stephens, Senior Associate Provost / TTU Box 5017

Dr. Lenly Weathers, Director of QEP / TTU Box 5015

 

 

On-campus Faculty Professional Development Event

DESIGNING COURSES FOR SIGNIFICANT LEARNING BY DEE Fink & ASSOCIATES

One-day Workshop

  • Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
  • 9:00am to 4:00pm (lunch provided)
  • Location: Nursing Building, room 260

Online Registration

This face-to-face workshop is based on Dee Fink’s book, “Creating Significant Learning Experiences.”(Jossey-Bass, 2013).

This experience is specifically intended to help faculty design or redesign their own courses. These learning experiences will show how the principles of Integrated Course Design can be used, but they will also provide information about tools and procedures that can be used to meet the specific challenges and opportunities of teaching.

 


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Distinguished Lecture Series Program by the College of Business

The Distinguished Lecture Series Program provides students and faculty with an opportunity to interact with prominent executives for an open exchange of views on current issues. Through this vital program, executives are brought into the classroom to offer students first-hand information about the complexities of the business world, while inspiring them to seek new ways to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

For more information, please visit the Distinguished Lecture Series website for the schedule or call 931-372-3372.


Global Faculty Development

Learn more about faculty development on a global level from TTU's Study Abroad Programs.

For more information, please visit the university's Study Abroad website or call 931-372-3634.


Brown Bag Sessions by Office of Disability Services

The Office of Disabilty Services sponsors a series of Brown Bag Sessions during the fall of 2011. Sessions are held on Tuesdays during dead hour in Roaden University Center 342 (across from the Dean of Students office).

  • Spring 2012 dates coming soon.

For more information, please visit the TTU Disability Services website or call 931-372-6119.

 

On-campus Faculty Professional Development Event

   Two-day Workshop

  • Friday and Saturday, February 22nd - 23rd, 2013
  • 8:30am to 3:30pm (lunch provided)
  • Location: Nursing Building, room 260

 This F2F workshop is based on Dee Fink’s book, “Creating Significant Learning Experiences.”(Jossey-Bass, 2003).

This experience is specifically intended to help faculty design or redesign their own online or hybrid courses. Both of these learning experiences will show how the principles of Integrated Course Design can be used, but they will also provide information about tools and procedures that can be used to meet the specific challenges and opportunities of teaching in an online environment.

QEP 5-Year Showcase | Thu., April 19, 2012 | 2:30-4:30pm Clement Hall 212

 The QEP SHOWCASE is organized by the University Faculty Development Steering Committee, and is associated with the celebration of five-year QEP achievements. All faculty and instructors are invited to attend. At the Showcase, QEP award winners will be presenting "Take-5" talks, brief 5-minute summaries of a variety of teaching projects that have occurred on campus over the past five years. During this two-hour open-house event, please can come and go as your schedule permits. Refreshments will be provided.

We encourage you to participate in this valuable professional development opportunity. Allow yourself a few moments to enjoy some light refreshments, listen to the accomplishments of this focused effort on our campus to improve student learning in a variety of creative and innovative instructional designs, and consider how you could leverage these projects in your own classroom.

A sampling of the "Take-5" talks:

  • Brenda Wilson – “Building journalism students' real-world problem solving and communication skills with a campus magazine project”
  • Holly Stretz – “Training for Critical Thinking in Research: Partnering Pre-Service Science and Math Teachers with Undergraduate Engineering Researchers”
  • Shelley Brown – “Service Learning and Grant Writing for Aging in American Society”
  • Melissa Geist – “Mastering medication calculations via access to real-world visual media”
  • Drs. Anitsal, Barger, Fidan – “International Service Learning, TURKEY”

Minority Affairs Professional Development Series Presents -- From College to Corporate Leadership | Tue., April 17, 2012 | 11am

           From College to Corporate Leadership: How to Start, Grow, and Advance Your Career

          Speaker: Alfonzo Alexander of NASBA Hosted by the Black Cultural Center

 

2011 Stonecipher Lecture on Science & Society

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 @ 7pm
Derryberry Hall Auditorium | FREE and Open to the Public

Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of twenty-three books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award; Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb (1995); Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race (2007); and The Twilight of the Bombs (2010).

He has received grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation Program in International Peace and Security and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He is an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.

STEM UnConference: Hosted by the Millard Oakley STEM Center

STEM UnConference
Monday, October 17, 2011

8:30am-3:30pm | $15 registration fee; includes continental breakfast and lunch
Tennessee Board of Regents, Tennessee Tech, and TN-SCORE welcome educators, researchers and administrators from across the state to attend a STEM UnConference – a relaxed sharing of ideas focused on STEM education and STEM research.

For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 931-372-6573.

Brown Bag Sessions by Office of Disability Services

The Office of Disabilty Services sponsors a series of Brown Bag Sessions during the fall of 2011. Sessions are held on Tuesdays during dead hour in Roaden University Center 342 (across from the Dean of Students office).

  • Sept. 13: The Art of Aspergers
  • Sept. 20: Are you the next UD Design Star? Universal Design & the Universal Access Initiative
  • Sept. 27: Dyslexia & Other Disabilities that "Don't Exist" but Really Do
  • Oct. 4: "Oh No, They Didn't!" Disability Studies and Diversity
  • Oct. 11: Defining & Reframing Disabilities and TTU Processes

For more information, please visit the TTU Disability Services website or call 931-372-6119.

 

A variety of resources are available through these on-campus units and programs. Visit their sections of the TTU website to learn more about the wealth of faculty development opportunities.

Campus Offices

Millard Oakley STEM Center
The Oakley STEM Center offers several faculty development outlets including a Brown Bag Lunch series, conferences and symposia.

Web: www.tntech.edu/stem
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone: 931-372-6573
Location: Ray Morris Hall, corner of 7th & Stadium

 


Technology Institute
The institute's mission is to foster the effective and innovative use of technology supporting excellence in the educational mission of the faculty of TTU.

Web: www.tntech.edu/institute
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone: 931-372-3675

Location: Clement Hall, Room 215


Programs

Quality Enhancement Program (QEP)
The Quality Enhancement Plan is a five-year university initiative to improve the quality of student learning. The plan is designed to improve students' critical thinking/real-world problem solving using active learning strategies. The QEP is part of the TTU Strategic Plan and a component of the SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation Process.

Visit the QEP portion of TTU's website for more information.

 


Learning About Learning (LAL)
The Learning About Learning program is an outgrowth of the TBR's Teaching Quality Initiative (TQI). In this program new faculty from across campus are introduced to theoretical and practical aspects of teaching practices that evidence has shown enhance student learning, and are encouraged to implement them in their own classes.

Web: none available
Email: Dr. Stephen Robinson, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone: 931-372-3480
Location: Bruner Hall, Room 227

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding Faculty Awards

 There are two Outstanding Faculty Awards:

  • Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching
  • Outstanding Faculty Award in Professional Service

There can be up to three awards per year:

  • Two Outstanding Faculty Awards in Teaching and one Outstanding Faculty Award in Professional Service. The two Outstanding Faculty Awards in Teaching and the Outstanding Faculty Award in Professional Service may be awarded annually.

Distinguished Faculty Fellow Award

  • 2011 Distinguished Faculty Fellow Award: Joseph Biernacki, Professor of Chemical Engineering
    View Press Release
  • 2010 Distinguished Faculty Fellow Award: Pedro Arce, Professor and Chairperson of Chemical Engineering
    View Press Release

  •  Distinguished Faculty Fellow Award Information (PDF)

    A mission of Tennessee Tech is “to provide leadership and outstanding programs…that benefit the people of Tennessee and the nation.” The mission also charges Tennessee Tech to engage “in scholarly activity…, creative endeavors, and public service” and is committed to providing “high-quality instruction and learning experiences”. To this end, Tennessee Tech looks to establish itself as an acknowledged leader in these key areas of instruction, scholarship and service. In support of the external nature of the mission, the Distinguished Faculty Fellow Award has been established to recognize faculty who have made significant contributions toward providing external recognition to the University. The award will honor faculty who have distinguished themselves with significant contributions in the areas of instruction, scholarship and/or service at the state, regional and/or national level.

More Information

  • Review the online Faculty Handbook under the heading: Evaluations/Awards/Grants

 

 

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