The mission of the Teaching Academy at Texas Tech University is to advocate for teaching excellence, promote service related to the university's teaching mission, advise and mentor colleagues and others, and share knowledge about teaching strategies and their implementation as appropriate.
Texas Tech University also has a history of providing a strong environment for student learning and excellent teaching. We need to continue to promote excellence in instruction as a vital part of the university mission and to ensure that excellence in teaching isn't compromised by an increased focus on research and professional commitments. At Texas Tech there has been an increased conversation about our aspirations to be recognized as a ‘Tier One' university. Members of the faculty are highly motivated to excel in their scholarship and creative activity. Institutional support and encouragement for these activities take many forms.
The very existence of the Teaching Academy is a sign to the university community and beyond that good teaching matters. But the Academy also contributes in very practical ways to the support and development of a strong teaching culture. A variety of activities and services offered through the Academy help faculty bridge their desire to be a good teacher with knowledge about fresh pedagogical techniques, theories of student learning and the scholarship of teaching that contributes to their professional growth development as educators. The role of the Teaching Academy in providing and selecting teaching awards and recognition substantiates institutional and peer appreciation of teaching excellence.
We want Texas Tech to be known for not only research excellence, but also superior teaching. The Teaching Academy plays a central role in promoting the scholarship of teaching, student learning, and in general, an academic culture that enhances Texas Tech stature as a great university.
Dr. Lawrence Schovanec
Texas Tech University
Teaching Academy News & Upcoming Events
- Please join us on Tuesday, April 30th from 3:00-4:00 pm for a student event, titled "Meeting of the Minds: Faculty and Student Views About the Teaching Culture at Texas Tech University". This will be held at the TLPDC in room 151 and there will be a student panel and faculty panel to discuss how they view the current teaching culture. Refreshments will be provided.
- The Teaching Academy is hosting the Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award Ceremony on Thursday, May 9th to honor the Department of English. The ceremony will take place in the TLPDC room 151 from 3:00-4:00 pm, followed by a reception and Teaching Academy business meeting. All Academy members are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by May 3rd to (806) 834-5710 or email@example.com.
- If you have any questions about the Teaching Academy, please contact Dr. Comfort Pratt, Chair of the Executive Council.