Vision and Mission

The Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is dedicated to promoting the success of our stakeholders - the UCF full-time, part-time and graduate student faculty and, though indirectly, the students they serve and the staff and administrators with whom they work. Our organization is commissioned by the UCF Faculty Senate to whom we report annually. Our mission is to actively support 1) excellence in teaching and learning, 2) successful research and creative endeavors, 3) professional development and fulfillment for faculty, 4) communication and collaboration among faculty on all UCF campuses and the staff members who provide academic and non-academic services for students, and 5) partnerships with other academic institutions and the regional, national and international community to support success in these areas. The programming and resources we provide for faculty support UCF President Hitt's five goals and the institution's mission.

 

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Melody Bowdon
College of Arts and Humanities Melody     Bowdon I have taught undergraduate writing classes for over fifteen years, and the most gratifying aspect of my experience has always been seeing students make ethical use of concepts and techniques learned from my classes in their lives as professionals and citizens. For me, teaching writing is teaching thinking, and th...

Ricardo Zaurin
College of Engineering & Computer Science Ricardo   Zaurin In my opinion, teaching is not only reciting concepts and formulas. The professor must be an integral and active part of the learning process ensuring that the information and knowledge is presented in a way that all students feel motivated and eager to learn.  I involve my students in the class, challenging ...

Denise Gammonley
College of Health and Public Affairs Denise  Gammonley My teaching is inspired by the work of Paulo Freire. I strive to create a sense of shared community within the classroom by promoting thoughtful dialogue, critical reflection, and acquisition of empirically based knowledge. My teaching goes beyond lessons about intervention strategies, research, and theory to inco...