Vision and Mission

The Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is dedicated to promoting the success of our stakeholders - the UCF full-time, part-time and graduate student faculty and, though indirectly, the students they serve and the staff and administrators with whom they work. Our organization is commissioned by the UCF Faculty Senate to whom we report annually. Our mission is to actively support 1) excellence in teaching and learning, 2) successful research and creative endeavors, 3) professional development and fulfillment for faculty, 4) communication and collaboration among faculty on all UCF campuses and the staff members who provide academic and non-academic services for students, and 5) partnerships with other academic institutions and the regional, national and international community to support success in these areas. The programming and resources we provide for faculty support UCF President Hitt's five goals and the institution's mission.

 

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Peter Jacques
College of Sciences Peter  Jacques My teaching philosophy is simple: cultivate what works for students! Executing this philosophy is decidedly more difficult than just saying it, but my goal is to engage students in the classroom in a way that effectively helps them learn. Long lectures do not appear to be as effective as we used to think (thoug...

Christopher Parkinson
College of Arts and Sciences Christopher  Parkinson As a professor, it is my responsibility to motivate the students’ interest in the course. My goal is to utilize active learning techniques to teach critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. This is very difficult, but I am fortunate to have a dynamic personality, quick sense of humor...

Deirdre Englehart
College of Education Deirdre Englehart I am an educator. I continually seek opportunities to learn and grow in my profession and in my teaching. Education is an opportunity. As an educator I have an opportunity and an obligation. I have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my students and an obligation to prepare them for their future t...