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June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
Maintaining Excellence in Undergraduate Education: The Faculty Development Seminars of the Baylor University School of Engineering & Computer Science (ECS) Over the Last Six Years
“How does a consistently ranked undergraduate engineering and computer science program retain its excellence in undergraduate education, while also aspiring to become an outstanding research institution?” This is a question we posed in 2011, when a series of faculty development seminars were begun as one part of a series of innovations in education made in the School of Engineering & Computer Science (ECS) at Baylor. It is a question that is of interest to many universitites.
Excellence in teaching has always been a hallmark of Baylor University. A recent growth in the graduate program prompted the School of ECS to develop a strategy to help faculty, expecially research active faculty, see the importance of classroom teaching and to develop classroom skills. This paper will document the original plan to provide tools to enable faculty to grow in both their research programs as well as undergraduate education (site original paper here), focusing on the series of Faculty Development Seminars (FDSs) and end-of-semester workshops held every year since 2011.
The purpose for this work has not changed - as we aspire to encourage innovation in our classrooms and instill a greater appreciation for Baylor, we must, ourselves, continue to grow in our development as faculty, modeling the innovation and appreciation we teach in the very processes by which we teach. We will document the FDSs conducted to date, and provide a longitudinal assessment of the changes introduced through an evaluation of the “before” and “after” courses modified as a result of this work at Baylor. We will also document the long-term benefits to the School, and will generalize these lessons learned to be adopted/adapted by anyone else.
Fry, C. C., & Van Treuren, K. W. (2018, June), Maintaining Excellence in Undergraduate Education: The Faculty Development Seminars of the Baylor University School of Engineering & Computer Science (ECS) Over the Last Six Years Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30782
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