Master Teachers promote the scholarship of teaching, facilitate faculty development around teaching and learning, and foster a best practices culture.
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Master Teachers are helping to close the gap between teaching and learning at FAU.

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

“The Last Lecture: Something I Said Last Time You Thought was Important.”

“Three Kinds of History: Using Obituaries, Primers, Mencken, and OZ to Teach History Methods.”

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Ricky Langlois

Senior Instructor, School of Criminology

“Master Online Teachers strive to deliver amazing tools, ideas, and resources in order to create an amazing learning experience for their online learners.”

Cynthia Blum

Associate Professor, Nursing

“Master Teachers help to bridge the gap between faculty and students to facilitate learning in an encouraging and respectful atmosphere, where each are celebrated for their contributions to educating tomorrow's leaders.”

Michelle Vaughan

Assistant Professor, Educational Inquiry

"Master Teachers engage in deep inquiry of their own pedagogy in order to grow and change as a practitioner."


Wimberly Library
February 20, 2019

Master Teacher Brown-Bag Luncheon will be held Monday, April 8 at 12:00 on the 5th floor of the Wimberly Library in the Marvin and Sybil Weiner Spirit of America Suite.

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February 12, 2019

Spring 2019 "Lunch and Learn" Workshops for All Instructional Faculty.

Glenn Whitman
February 04, 2019

Glenn Whitman (@gwhitmancttl) is the co-author of Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education and directs the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning...

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January 24, 2019

The sixth annual Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education will be held on April 16-18, 2019. This three-day event brings together a diverse and vibrant...

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