Welcome to Faculty Innovation in Teaching
CII's Division for Faculty Innovation
Beginning in the Fall of 2009, the Center for Instructional Innovation began a focused initiative to provide faculty with expanded support services in the area of teaching innovation. A plan was approved by the Faculty Senate and Academic Affairs for the Center to house two faculty fellowships to help launch and sustain the initiative. In the Spring of 2010, Dr. Kayla Peak and Dr. Chris Guthrie joined the effort as faculty fellows. Today, faculty fellows are nominated by Deans based on meritorious service to the university.
Guiding principles of the Faculty Innovation in Teaching initiative:
- Faculty will determine/drive the value of our services, thus, if it’s not working, we will change it.
- The Center must remain a place that is trusted by faculty, thus all services will be offered on a voluntary basis.
Types of services provided through the initiative:
- Faculty First Year Program
- Faculty Roundtables
- Faculty Learning Communities or Cohorts
- Instructional Mentoring
- Faculty Research Partnerships
- Faculty Event Offerings/Promotions
Faculty Fellows Welcome Dr. Beth Riggs & Dr. Derrill Watson
Dr. Beth Riggs
The Center for Instructional Innovation is pleased to announce that Dr. Beth Riggs will be joining the Faculty Fellows representing the College of Science & Technology.
An Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Dr. Riggs has been a faculty member at Tarleton since 1995. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from Tarleton, then received her doctorate from Baylor University. Dr. Riggs teaches a variety of courses including Calculus I, Calculus II, and courses for students seeking teacher certification at the elementary, middle school, or secondary level. Her research interests are in mathematics education and in the mathematical preparation of pre-service teachers.
Dr. Derrill Watson
Derrill Watson is a recent addition to the Tarleton family, teaching economics at the College of Business Administration since Fall 2014. Teaching has always been his passion. His students say that he is energetic, inspiring, and “nice to a fault,” despite the consensus that his tests are very hard. Derrill is looking forward to working with CII to develop more innovative and engaging teaching methods.
He received his PhD in economics from Cornell University where he wrote a textbook on Food Policy for Developing Countries with World Food Prize laureate Per Pinstrup-Andersen. His research focuses on the political economy of how food policies are made and the interactions between food and climate policies. After spending the last three years teaching in Nigeria, he is excited to be at Tarleton and looks forward to settling down here with his wife and three children.
The Last Lecture Series with Dr. Chris Guthrie - Video Available Here