I did not know what to expect when I signed up for the Faculty Fellows program. What
I found was much-needed organization and reflection, long-term view of career goals,
and a community of like minded individuals. I would highly recommend the faculty fellows
program to my colleagues.
– Faculty Fellows program participant, 2014-2015
This was such an enriching experiencing! It motivated me to produce by setting attainable
short- and long-term goals on the FDP. Before completing my FDP, all of my goals were
in my head (and I was not attaining very many of them). When I wrote them out and
completed a timeline, I have found that I am more disciplined.
– Faculty Fellows program participant, 2012-2013
My first year at MTSU has been both challenging and rewarding. I am grateful for the
opportunity to work at this institution and to participate in the Teaching and Professional
Development program. This program gave me the opportunity to share with and learn
from experienced professors, as well as with others during their first year.
– Dr. Jason Pettigrew, Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, 2011-2012
If our questions and uncertainties are any basis for generalization, there remains
a need at MTSU for consistent and effective professional mentoring, periodic progress
reviews and support for formal faculty development plans. My participation in this
FLC will help to make me a more effective mentor to junior faculty in my department.
While I am already a veteran of college-level as well as departmental promotion and
tenure review committees, my exposure to procedures and issues from other departments,
thanks to this FLC, will assist me in future deliberations and policy recommendations.
– Dr. Michael Fleming, Department of Recording Industry, Mid-Career Faculty Development FLC, 2014-2015
I especially appreciate hearing the various perspectives and experiences from the
different faculty members as we discuss ways to foster and build a true "learning
community" at MTSU. We are all at different points and places in our careers, and
this has greatly enriched our conversations. As our mission states, we should foster
an environment conducive to learning and personal development, and I witness this
in our meetings.
– Dr. Terri Tharp, Elementary and Special Education Department, Faculty Development Campus Civility FLC, 2012-2013
On a personal note, participation in the FLC has allowed me to focus on my own behavior
with respect to civility. Although I did (and do) not believe I have an issue with
incivility, it was revealing to realize that many seemingly innocuous behaviors may
be considered uncivil by others. Worse yet, the offending behaviors are very likely
to never be called to my attention, propagating the problem. It has been a richly
rewarding year, to say the least. I am now far more conscious of the insidious ways
that incivility can be expressed, and I take a more active role in controlling it.
– Dr. Tony Johnston, Agriculture Department, Faculty Development Campus Civility FLC, 2011-2012
The GTA Teaching Certificate program is designed to provide Graduate Teaching Assistants with a structured experience that prepares them for classroom and laboratory teaching. The program allows you to develop and document your classroom teaching and teacher development activities and it provides you with several self-reflection and consultative feedback opportunities. It also provides several documents that can be included in your professional and teaching portfolio.