Harmon Avenue Parking Facility
146 N. Harmon Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Lori L. Libbert
Special Events Manager

P: 479-575-3222
F: 479-575-7086

About TFSC


The Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center (TFSC) at the University of Arkansas was established in 1992 to assist the faculty with their scholarship of teaching and to act as a resource center for new teaching techniques and programs.

The TFSC was organized in 1993 with Co-Directors Wally Cordes, Paul Cronan, and Ro DiBrezzo. The TFSC was first housed in Brough and later moved to a separate 3-story home at 241 Buchanan. In 2003, the Center was placed in the Northwest Quad, followed by a move in 2004 to the Harmon Parking Deck.

Representing a part of the University's commitment to excellence in teaching, the TFSC provides a central facility to assist departments, faculty, and teaching assistants in the continued improvement of learning and teaching.

Our mission embraces the following four dimensions:


The TFSC promotes our understanding of research on improving student learning. The TFSC encourages discussion of the links between student learning preferences and teaching strategies to promote learning. We promote knowledge sharing and active learning, along with faculty development to improve learning. We focus upon how to help students learn. We support the training and feedback for excellence in teaching and learning. Our programs utilize scholarship and solid methodology based upon current research.


We work with individual teaching needs. We provide a venue for workshops, seminars, confidential consultations, and other teaching centered resources. We work with individuals and groups and help at various career levels to assist better teaching. We use our library and video resource to enhance teaching.


We bring together people to share skills, and improve our classroom and outside of classroom teaching. This process changes the ways that we view ourselves in learning and teaching. This process ushers individuals into a shared sense of community. We cooperate with other units on campus that focus on teaching.


The TFSC promotes the importance of teaching and learning at the University of Arkansas. We promote the recognition of teaching effectiveness on campus, to the state, and to the nation. We encourage an environment to nourish teaching, learning, and the scholarship of teaching.

It functions as a resource clearinghouse for addressing instructional issues, offering support for faculty with a variety of instructional services and programs that fit into our overall mission and focus on learning, teaching, community, and advocacy.

Since the Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center is designed to facilitate and assist faculty with pedagogical issues, involvement of, and feedback from, the entire campus community is critical. This feedback is routinely solicited, and is greatly appreciated.

Structure of the TFSC

The Center functions independently of the individual colleges and is served by an Advisory Council which includes nine faculty members from across the campus.

The center has three faculty members (one-quarter time appointments each) who serve as Co-Directors with term limitations of three years. They are appointed by the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs after recommendations are submitted by the Co-Directors. In addition, a fourth faculty member serves as Associate Director of the Teaching and Faculty Support Center (appointed by the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs upon recommendation by the Co-Directors).

The TFSC Co-Directors are:


Mark Boyer (Landscape Architecture)

Professor Mark Boyer  is Department Head of Landscape Architecture. He joined the School of Architecture faculty in 1998 and teaches courses on landscape architecture construction materials and technologies, ecological design studios, and an interdisciplinary course related to alternative stormwater management techniques. In 2001, Mark was the recipient of the national Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Award of recognition. He is a recipient of the Tau Sigma Delta Silver Medal for excellence in landscape architecture education and has also been selected to receive the department faculty teaching award.  He is a Fellow of the SECAC Academic Leadership Development Program and a Fellow of the UA Teaching Academy. He served as interim associate dean of the Fay Jones School from May 2013 to June 2014.
Boyer's research focuses on green roofs and other sustainable stormwater management technologies. He has presented papers at national and international conferences related to his interdisciplinary course and research in stormwater management. Boyer is licensed in Louisiana and Arkansas. Boyer's students have designed and constructed a wetlands observation deck, and an Environmental Center boat dock in Fayetteville and assisted in the installation of two green roofs on the University of Arkansas campus. Mark earned an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture at the University of Kentucky, and followed two years of practice with a graduate degree in landscape architecture at Louisiana State University.

John Pijanowski (Curriculum & Instruction)

Dr. John Pijanowski is a professor and former administrator with 20 years of experience as an educator. As an associate professor and Co-Director of the Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Pijanowski teaches several ethics courses including The Moral Mind in Action, Moral Courage, Teaching Character, and Leadership Ethics. In 2010 he was honored with the college's top faculty award for outstanding service, teaching, advising and research and in 2011 honored by the university with the Charles and Nadine Baum Faculty Teaching Award. Dr. Pijanowksi earned his B.A. in psychology from Brown University and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Pijanowski’s research focuses on how people translate moral thinking into moral action. He is currently leading a National Science Foundation funded effort to develop ethics curriculum and teaching guides for future scientist across the United States. He has developed a reputation for his creative and engaging teaching style and provided workshops and keynote addresses to a variety of audiences that have ranged in size from 20-400 people.  You can learn more about John Pijanowski’s work by visiting his website at https://sites.google.com/site/pijanowskihome/

Jeannie Whayne (History)

Dr. Jeannie Whayne is professor of history in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts. Whayne began her career at the University of Arkansas in 1990 after completing her doctoral degree at the University of California, San Diego in 1989.  A former chair of the department of history (1998-2008), she is past president of the Campus Faculty and Faculty Senate and is currently president of the Teaching Academy.  She won the 2011 John E. King Award for service to Fulbright College of Arts and Science.  She teaches classes on American History, Southern History, Arkansas History and Agricultural/Environmental History and is a winner of the college’s Master Teacher Award.  Her research area is in Arkansas and Southern history, particularly the history of agriculture and race relations.  Whayne has won numerous awards for her publications, including the John G. Ragsdale prize for Delta Empire: Lee Wilson and the Transformation of Agriculture in the New South (Louisiana State University Press, 2011), the Ledbetter Prize for Arkansas Delta: A Land of Paradox (University of Arkansas Press, 1993), and the Arkansiana Award for A New Plantation South: Land, Labor and Federal Favor in Twentieth Century Arkansas (University of Virginia Press, 1996).  A former fellow with the Smithsonian Institution and the Carter G. Woodson Institute, she is a distinguished lecturer with the Organization of American Historians, and she is vice-president and president-elect of the Agricultural History Society which named her a Fellow of the Society in 2010.

 The TFSC Associate Director is:

Rebecca Miles

Dr. Rebecca Miles holds a Ph.D. in Applied Behavioral Studies in Education from Oklahoma State University, an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Central State University (Oklahoma), and a B.S. in Psychology from Oklahoma Christian College.  After completing a year of post-doctoral studies at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Dr. Miles took a 20-year sabbatical from academia. 

She enjoyed a very successful corporate career in a variety of positions before returning to academia full time in 2008. She teaches management classes, provides project and/or organizational change support for various entities within the University of Arkansas, including the IT Research Institute, The Sustainability Consortium, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Distance Education at the University of Arkansas


Dr. Miles is pursuing Sloan-C certification (December 2013) in design, development and delivery of blended learning and currently teaches graduate students in Walton College MBA program, upper-level undergraduate students in her role as a faculty advisor for Students Acquiring Knowledge Through Enterprise (SAKE), and freshmen in the University Perspectives program.



University of Arkansas Vision and Goals

It is the vision of the University of Arkansas to be a nationally competitive, student-centered research university serving Arkansas and the world. Our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are working to realize that vision through five major institutional goals:

  • Strengthening academic quality and reputation by enhancing and developing programs of excellence in teaching, research and outreach;
  • Increasing the size and quality of the student body;
  • Enhancing diversity among our faculty, students, and staff;
  • Increasing public financial support;
  • Increasing private gift support.

This is an exciting time for the University of Arkansas. We are the major land-grant and state university for Arkansas, as well as the state's only major research university, and we are striving for recognition as one of the top 50 public universities in America. Our university community is committed to getting better at everything we do so that we can fulfill our potential to drive economic development and improve the quality of life for all the people of Arkansas.

Those Who Can, Teach

by O'Dette Havel, published in ARKANSAS, the Magazine of the Arkansas Alumni Association, Summer 1995, Vol. 44, No. 4.

"Veteran professors in the UA Teaching and Faculty Support Center boost the classroom confidence of new faculty and give long-time teachers a jumpstart to recharge their batteries."