The other seven faculty members currently on the TEEC are Alison Antes, Stephanie Klatzke, Jennifer Stansbury Koenig, Christopher Lawrence, Lili Ma, Philip McCartney and Gannon Tagher. They all teach in different departments, but they work together to enhance NKU’s educational reputation.
“We do ask our committee members to do a lot more work than other committees they might belong to,” Dr. Rhee said. “But I think everybody on the committee is highly enthusiastic and wants to do good for the rest of the faculty community.”
The committee often sends out faculty surveys to solicit ideas for workshops. The topic of a recent workshop was providing meaningful feedback to students, which is related to one of the questions on the updated course evaluation form.
“In the past we didn’t have a question that pertains to that,” Dr. Rhee said. “Now that we have one, faculty see that and say, ‘Hey, maybe I better find a way to provide better feedback or more timely feedback.’ This is just another way to help our faculty become better and more effective teachers.”
The presenters at the workshops are usually NKU faculty members who have an expertise on certain aspects of teaching. Their sessions are more of a discussion than a lecture, according to Dr. Rhee.
“When we have workshops it’s not just the facilitators and panel that are sharing, everybody in the workshop is sharing with each other,” he said. “And that’s a goal of the workshops -- to create an environment where everybody can share and learn from each other.”
The TEEC newsletter is published four times a year. It serves as both a source of information and inspiration for NKU faculty. In addition to scholarly articles, each issue has a student writing about teachers who were influential in their college education.
“That gives other faculty an idea as to what they can do to help students or just gets them inspired by the stories to say, ‘Hey, what we do does make a difference in our students’ lives,’” Dr. Rhee said.
Faculty committee provides professional development for campus colleagues
Northern Kentucky University provides a learning community for faculty members on campus, as well as students.
The Teaching Effectiveness and Enhancement Committee (TEEC) organizes professional development workshops for NKU faculty and publishes a newsletter that serves as a forum for their colleagues in the classroom.
“The committee’s job is to facilitate effective teaching within the university, and we’re trying a variety of ways to help make that happen,” said Dr. Ken Rhee, a management professor who is one of eight faculty members on the TEEC.
Originally formed as a task force to revise
NKU course evaluation forms, Rhee said the committee stayed together to address other matters on the minds of professors and instructors on campus.
TEEC members, left to right, Phil McCartney, Stephanie Klatze, Ken Rhee, Lili Ma, Alison Antes, Gannon Tagher and Jennifer Stansbury Koenig.