WRITER: LENA BAKER
CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: June 29, 2001
Center for Teaching names Trachsel first Faculty Fellow
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mary Trachsel, an associate professor of rhetoric at the
University of Iowa, has been selected to be the UI Center for Teaching's inaugural
Faculty Fellow during the 2001-2002 academic year.
The fellowship was created to give UI faculty an opportunity to work with
the center's staff for a year, designing, implementing and evaluating the
center's programs and activities. The fellow is expected to write for the
center's publications, conduct workshops and provide one-on-one consultations
with faculty and graduate students.
"We've been pursuing this idea for a couple of years and decided that
we could finally do it this year," said Tom Rocklin, director of the
center, adding that the fellowship will run on a three-year trial basis.
Created in 1996, the stated mission of the Center for Teaching is to support
and promote the development of teaching skills, strengthen the culture of
teaching, serve as a symbol of the university's commitment to teaching and
influence policy discussions in ways that support the development of an excellent
teaching and learning environment.
The center helps faculty with a variety of teaching issues, including improving
classroom presentation, developing engaging curricula and dealing with difficult
or challenging students. It also provides workshops on teaching and three
times a semester hosts Films At Noon, during which guests watch a video on
some aspect of teaching and learning and then discuss it.
Rocklin said faculty fellows will devote about half of their time during
the academic year to work in the center. In return, the center will cover
the cost to the fellow's home department for finding a substitute instructor
for two classes.
The fellowship is open to any tenured member of the UI faculty. For more
information, contact Tom Rocklin at 335-6048.