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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Cynthia Hutchinson
College of Education Cynthia      Hutchinson I am a follower of Leo Buscaglia who prefers the term "educator" to "teacher." He explains that "educator" comes from the Latin term, "educare," which means to tend or support the growth of another. That is the role I hope to play in the lives of my students. I am careful to follow A. Bronson Alcott's ...

Terry Thaxton
College of Arts & Humanities Terry Thaxton I am a teacher of creative writing, dedicated to UCF, its students, and our community. My teaching, research, and service converge on writing a rigorous discipline and as an impetus for social change.   My first priority is creating an atmosphere in which students want to learn the craft of writing. I want ...

Amr Oloufa
College of Engineering and Computer Science Amr        Oloufa My teaching philosophy relies on the following key foundations: Teach only what students are not likely to learn on their own. Foster collaborative learning while maintaining initiative and personal responsibility. And finally, create a life-long quest for learning and knowledge. I am a ...