At a time when higher education institutions across the country mark the culmination of studies for their graduating seniors, most students will testify that they “could not have done it” without the intellectual guidance, mentoring and moral support of specific faculty members who challenged and encouraged them along the way.
In truth, teaching excellence doesn’t organically occur. It requires the intentional and ongoing investment of time and training to ensure that complex concepts delivered will convey to students on the receiving end — whether in person or online.
This May, 22 UT Health San Antonio faculty and staff spanning academic programs from all five schools successfully earned a microcredential certificate after completing a six-course series on the topic of “Promoting Active Learning Online.”
The opportunity to participate in this online faculty development program, offered through the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), was made possible by The University Texas System in support of efforts to enhance the skills of faculty to actively engage students in online learning environments.
“This is a point of pride for our institution to have so many successful members in this program. I know the information from the ACUE program will be helpful and practical,” said William L. Henrich, MD, MACP, UT Health San Antonio president and professor of medicine.
In fact, many of the strategies and tactics taught in these courses are translatable to diverse in-person learning environments as well, noted Jacqueline Mok, PhD, UT Health San Antonio vice president for academic, faculty and student affairs. “The participation of my colleagues in our ACUE cohort clearly demonstrates their commitment to recognizing that teaching spans our entire institution, from the didactic classroom to research laboratories to clinical settings. Their dedication to continuous improvement is inspirational.”
Congratulations to the inaugural ACUE cohort:
Ms. Rebecca Ajtai, Briscoe Library
Dr. Jack Badawy, Department of Medicine
Dr. Maria Andrea Bordoy Soto, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Sylvia Botros-Brey, Department of Urology
Prof. Julie Brannon, Department of Emergency Health Sciences
Prof. Virginia Carrillo, Department of Periodontics, Dental Hygiene Program
Dr. Lea El Hachem, Department of Periodontics
Dr. Dana English, Dean’s Office, School of Dentistry
Dr. Christopher Frei, Pharmacotherapy Education and Research Center
Ms. Christine Gaspard, Briscoe Library
Dr. Gretchel Gealogo Brown, School of Nursing
Dr. Jessica Hernandez, Office of Undergraduate Medical Education
Dr. Leslie P. Hernandez, Department of Emergency Health Sciences
Dr. Venessa Kodosky, Dean’s Office, School of Health Professions
Dr. Mei-Ling Lin, Department of Occupational Therapy
Ms. Emme Lopez, Briscoe Library
Dr. Sara Mithani, School of Nursing
Dr. Juliana Robledo, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Dr. Deanna Savo, School of Nursing
Dr. Ramaswamy Sharma, Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy
Dr. Tiffany Tavares, Department of Comprehensive Dentistry
Dr. P. Renee Yew, Department of Molecular Medicine