Joining the UCO community of teacher-scholars requires some orientation to the philosophy of our university’s approach to helping students learn and to the idea that teaching is the most important thing that faculty do.
Philosophy: Transformative Learning means designing learning activities and environments that raise the odds your students will experience transformations in their perspectives of their relationships to themselves, others (local and global), their learning, their environment. It’s not just course content that counts here; it’s also that we create learning experiences which help transform student lives. You can do this without sacrificing anything related to course content — you just have to build your classes mindfully and intentionally to be transformative in the process. CeCE, CETTL, and TRC all play roles in helping you do that.
Teaching is Most Important: Fifty percent, at minimum, of your effectiveness as a faculty member (translation: tenure & promotion) is based on how well you help students learn. This means you must work to improve as a teacher in the same way as you work to improve as a scholar. In many institutions, it’s the articles published and grants won that earn you tenure; certainly those things are important here, but helping students learn cannot be minimized. TRC, CETTL, and CeCE can help in various ways as you continue to grow as a teacher-scholar.
CETTL produces the New Faculty Orientation, the Teaching and Learning Institute, and operates the New Faculty Mentoring Program as ways to help new faculty quickly acclimate to UCO’s focus on Transformative Learning and on teaching as the primary measuring stick for effectiveness as a faculty member.