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Miami University's Alumni Teaching Scholars Program: A Model Of A Teaching Enhancement Program

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.409.1 - 3.409.6

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James B. Stenger

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Karen E. Schmahl

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Session 1275

Miami University’s Alumni Teaching Scholars Program: A model of a teaching enhancement program

James B. Stenger Karen E. Schmahl Department of Manufacturing Engineering Miami University Oxford, Ohio

As new full time engineering faculty we desire to use the best techniques in the classroom, to in- corporate the experiences of seasoned instructors, and to be aware of the current state of the art in education. To do this without some sort of guidance or support is difficult. Luckily there are institutions that have programs that address this issue. These programs range from casual semi- nars on good teaching to formal effective teaching programs. One formal program is the Alumni Teaching Scholars program at Miami University. This program draws from a university-wide pool of tenure-track professors and introduces participants to the scholarship of teaching. This paper describes the program in general, and the experiences of the authors as participants in the program. A description of Miami University is given to provide the background for understand- ing the implementation of the program. A brief history of the program is discussed, then the elements of the program are presented.


Miami University is a state-assisted, comprehensive Research I university in southwest Ohio. The primary focus at Miami is on undergraduate education. With a current enrollment of 20,000 students, Miami offers degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education and Allied Professions, the Richard T. Farmer School of Business Administration, the School of Fine Arts, the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, and the School of Applied Science. The ma- jority of Miami students, about 16,000, attend at its main campus in Oxford, Ohio, with the re- mainder attending regional, nonresident campuses in Hamilton, Ohio and Middletown, Ohio, and a European center in Luxembourg. The three Ohio campuses are within an hour’s drive of each other.

The Manufacturing Engineering department, of which the authors are faculty, is housed in the School of Applied Science, which also contains the departments of System Analysis, Paper Sci- ence and Engineering, Nursing, and, on the regional campuses, Engineering Technology. The School of Applied Science also conducts an Engineering Management program in conjunction with the School of Business. The school has around 2000 undergraduates, with half of them majoring in the engineering-based disciplines.

The emphasis on undergraduate teaching at Miami University has led the administration to the development of programs to enhance the teaching effectiveness of its faculty. The program for

Stenger, J. B., & Schmahl, K. E. (1998, June), Miami University's Alumni Teaching Scholars Program: A Model Of A Teaching Enhancement Program Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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