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Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 · Volume: XLV · Issue: 10

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New graduates of the University Teaching Excellence Course include (left to right) Deon Kidd, Carolina Livi, Debora Zamora, Moshtagh Farokhi, David Cox, Deborah Kendall-Gallagher,  Roseann Vivanco, John Littlefield, director of academic programs in the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching (ACET), Patricia Sanchez-Diaz and course director Bret Simon of ACET. Graduates Holly Dileo and Miles Quiben are not in the photo.
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New graduates of the University Teaching Excellence Course include (left to right) Deon Kidd, Carolina Livi, Debora Zamora, Moshtagh Farokhi, David Cox, Deborah Kendall-Gallagher, Roseann Vivanco, John Littlefield, director of academic programs in the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching (ACET), Patricia Sanchez-Diaz and course director Bret Simon of ACET. Graduates Holly Dileo and Miles Quiben are not in the photo.clear graphic

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The Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching has been offering the University Teaching Excellence Course (UTEC) for more than 35 years. It is designed to provide the knowledge, skills, and experiences required to become exemplary educators. More than 1,000 faculty and staff members have completed the program, and graduates include department chairs, deans and current University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, M.D.

UTEC is unusual as a faculty development program in that participants meet for an extended period of time. “Meeting over the course of a year allows participants to continually test and refine their skills,” said course director Bret Simon, educational development specialist in the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching. “Faculty members develop relationships with each other around common goals and reinforce each other’s progress.”

Emphasis on educational scholarship
Some of the course content includes theories and models of learning, adult learning theory, principles of evaluation and assessment, formative evaluation and feedback, learning climate, setting learning goals and objectives, and principles and methods of active learning. One addition to this year’s curriculum was the development and implementation of a scholarship of teaching and learning project. Simon noted, “One of ACET’s missions is to increase the amount of educational scholarship on campus, so asking UTEC participants to complete a project of this kind makes sense.”

Mosh Farokhi, D.D.S., M.P.H., FAGD, clinical assistant professor of comprehensive dentistry in the Dental School was particularly expressive in her enthusiasm for the course: “I was so energized and excited. I could not remember the last time I was so thrilled about learning.” Benefits of course participation go beyond better teaching skills, as well.

Many participants have noted that having UTEC on their curriculum vita has helped them in ways they never imagined. John Littlefield, ACET director, added, “It’s great to see faculty devote this kind of effort to the craft of teaching.”

New graduates
Graduates of the current cohort include members from all five schools. “We try and promote interprofessional collaboration,” Simon said, “and we have seen both clinical and research relationships form as a result of the UTEC experience.”

Completing the course in April were:
  • David Cox, D.D.S., assistant professor of comprehensive dentistry, Dental School;
  • Holly Dileo, M.S.N., Ph.D., RN, family nurse practitioner and clinical assistant professor of family and community health systems in the School of Nursing;
  • Mosh Farokhi, D.D.S., M.P.H., FAGD, clinical assistant professor of comprehensive dentistry in the Dental School;
  • Deborah Kendall-Gallagher, J.D., M.S., Ph.D., RN, assistant professor of health restoration and care systems management in the School of Nursing;
  • Deon Kidd, D.H.Sc., M.P.H., PA-C, M.S., assistant professor-clinical and academic coordinator of physician assistant studies in the School of Health Professions;
  • Carolina Livi, Ph.D., M.S., assistant professor-research, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences;
  • Myles Quiben, PT, Ph.D., D.P.T., GCS, NCS, CEEAA, assistant professor of physical therapy in the School of Health Professions;
  • Patricia Sanchez-Diaz, D.V.M., Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow at the Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute in the School of Medicine;
  • Roseann Vivanco, M.S.N., clinical instructor of Family and Community Health Systems in the School of Nursing; and
  • Debora Zamora, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicine’s cardiology division in the School of Medicine.
Apply for the next ACET class
ACET will begin taking applications for the next UTEC cohort early this summer. Meeting days and times are expected to change from the current format.

For more information about the program, visit http://uthscsa.edu/acet/UTEC2010-2012.asp or contact Roberta Ambrosino, Ed.D., educational development specialist in ACET, 567-2282.

 
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