The Master Teacher Initiative and Mission
The central question at universities across America is how the science of student learning has changed and how do faculty respond to ensure that they are closing the gap between teaching and learning. In this new age, faculty are not only responsible for teaching information but also ensuring student absorption and learning. This change requires that faculty be in tune with the process of learning.
At FAU, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry have created an environment that emphasizes initiatives intended to close this “gap.” The Master Teacher initiative is a collaborative effort designed to ensure that faculty across the university remain engaged with developing and advancing pedagogical best “teaching for learning” practices models. As such, faculty in the program are expected to promote the scholarship of teaching, facilitate professional development of faculty colleagues in teaching and learning, nurture a culture where best practices in teaching and learning are promulgated, and provide leadership in college dialogue about these issues. As program coordinator, I want to build on FAU’s strengths in teaching and learning and to incorporate the Scholarship of Teaching Office, eLearning, and the Faculty Learning Communities to develop and facilitate an innovative network around teaching and learning.
Director of the Master Teacher Initiative
Stephen D. Engle
Professor of History
“Three Kinds of History: Using Obituaries, Primers, Mencken, and OZ to Teach History Methods.”