Harmon Avenue Parking Facility
146 N. Harmon Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Lori L. Libbert
Special Events Manager
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.
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:
Paul Cronan (Information Systems)
John Pijanowski (Curriculum & Instruction)
Jeannie Whayne (History)
The TFSC Associate Director is:
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.
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:
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.
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."