Teaching and Learning Center to Graduate First Cohort of Teaching Excellence Institute

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The first cohort of the TLC’s Teaching Excellence Institute “Instructors New to Teaching” track will graduate this summer.

The Teaching and Learning Center will graduate its first cohort of the Teaching Excellence Institute’s “Instructors New to Teaching” track this summer with certificates signed by UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD, and Lori Gonzalez, PhD, vice chancellor of Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs.

“We launched the “Faculty New To Teaching” track as a way to address the needs of faculty coming to UTHSC without teaching experience, so they could be effective educators,” said Tom Laughner, PhD, director of the Teaching and Learning Center.

Participants meet in a series of monthly workshops to develop and strengthen their skills in topics including course creation, time management, student engagement, communication, effective use of presentation software, and how to effectively provide feedback to students. Participants also partnered with veteran faculty mentors and had an online forum that will continue with their cohort to allow discussions after earning their certificates.

Dr. Laughner says instructors can benefit from the program through discussions with colleagues across UTHSC, improve teaching skills, and grow in their professional development in areas of teaching interest.

Graduates include:

College of Health Professions
Kimberly Carter, PT, ScDPT, NCS, instructor, Department of Physical Therapy
Jacen Moore, PhD, MA, MT (ASCP), assistant professor, Medical Laboratory Sciences
Chelsea Peeler, MCP, instructor, Cytotechnology and Histotechnology

College of Medicine
Lauren King, MD, assistant professor, Pathology
Melissa Taylor, PhD, MS, assistant professor, Anatomy and Neurobiology
Nour Yadak, MD, assistant professor, Pathology

College of Nursing
Kimberly Hatler, MSN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, RD, LDN, instructor, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Sally Humphrey, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, assistant professor, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Janet Tucker, PhD, RNC-OB, assistant professor, Acute and Tertiary Care

College of Pharmacy
Alina Cernasev, assistant professor, Clinical Pharmacy
Elizabeth Hall, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, director of assessment, interim chair of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science, associate dean of Academic Affairs
Tyler Kiles, PharmD, BC-ADM, assistant professor, Clinical Pharmacy
Gregory Sneed, PharmD, assistant professor, Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science
Chao-Yie Yang, PhD, associate professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences

This fall, the Teaching and Learning Center will introduce three new tracks: Clinical Educators; The Pedagogy of the Social Determinants of Health, in which they are partnering with Student Affairs and Community Engagement to coincide topics with the Quality Enhancement Plan; and Universal Design for Learning in which they will partner with the Office of Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion.

Those interested in participating in the Teaching Excellence Institute should visit the Teaching and Learning Center’s website or email tlc@uthsc.edu.