Faculty and staff present on transforming student experiences, alternative teaching methods


Three SFA faculty and staff members recently presented at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Academic Affairs Summer Meeting.

Mary Smith, interim director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Megan Weatherly, CTL instructional designer, gave a presentation titled, “Transformative Student Experiences and Refreshed Learning Spaces.” In response to a strategic planning team recommendation, SFA devoted funding to create flexible classrooms that accommodate a variety of instructional methods and learning technologies to support those methods.

Smith and Weatherly’s presentation described the details of those classrooms, chronicled their genesis, discussed essential partnerships and examined the rooms’ impact on student learning experiences.

Stacia Prince, SFA Department of Mathematics and Statistics instructor, also presented at the conference. Prince was selected to participate in an AASCU grant as part of the Re-imagining the First Year project. Prince's presentation, titled "Let's Do Something Different,” investigated the affect of moving students in a mathematics class toward more discussion and engagement.