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New Fletcher Faculty Development Center to open in Jan. 2013

Teresita Fawcett

With the opening of the renovated Behavioral Sciences and Humanities Building (formerly known as the Classroom Building) in January 2013, HCC will unveil its new Fletcher Faculty Development Center.

The goal of the new center is to provide resources that will strengthen the teaching skills of both full- and part-time faculty through professional development activities.

“We frequently have new and adjunct faculty who come to campus with strong knowledge in their fields of expertise, but limited formal teaching experience,” said HCC President Guy Altieri. “We have had the dream of creating a faculty development center for years, but never had the resources to make it happen. Now, thanks to the generosity of the Fletcher Foundation, we will be able to actively enhance the quality of instruction on our campus by exposing new faculty to various teaching resources and connecting them with many of our experienced faculty, in a structured setting provided through the creation of this center.”

Programs offered through the Fletcher Center will focus on a variety of topics including effective course development, effective teaching practices, and class/course management. Seasoned full-time faculty, division chairs, and directors will be involved in the center by providing teacher-centered guidance and training to help new faculty become more effective in the classrooms, labs, and clinical settings where they are assigned to teach.

The center will feature an adjunct commons area for part-time faculty; the “Great Teaching Kiosk,” which will show video clips of highly skilled HCC faculty teaching in the classroom; and a private viewing area where faculty members can watch “best practices” videos or videos of themselves teaching in the classroom for the purposes of self-evaluation.

To serve as coordinator of the new Fletcher Center, HCC recently hired Teresita Fawcett, an adjunct faculty member who has taught sociology, public speaking, and human communications at HCC since 2008. As coordinator, Fawcett’s role will be to serve as a facilitator and help new and existing college faculty find the materials and resources they need to enhance their teaching abilities. Fawcett will also help organize faculty workshops under the guidance of Dr. C. David Warner, the vice president of academic affairs. The workshops will cover a wide range of topics on teaching and learning.

“I couldn’t be more excited to take this new position here at the college,” said Fawcett. “I love that I have the opportunity to be a part of something new: to plant the seeds in this wonderful garden. For the first time, we’ll have the ability to interact with all departments across campus and learn from one another. It’s going to be amazing.”

The center was made possible through a $385,000 grant awarded to HCC from the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation. To learn more about the Fletcher Foundation, go to www.avdwfletcherfoundation.org.

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Teresita Fawcett, the new coordinator of the Fletcher Faculty Development Center.