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Center for Faculty Development

ACUE Faculty Development Institute at Southern Miss

The ACUE Faculty Development Institute at Southern Miss is an intensive professional development program offered to enhance teaching practices. The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) was founded by leaders in higher education to advance instruction, support college educators, and promote student success. ACUE helps colleges and universities achieve their goals for students through innovative faculty development partnerships and a research-based Course in Effective Teaching Practices.

The program consists of three courses over three semesters (each approximately 10 weeks long), beginning with Promoting Engaged and Active Learning, followed by Fostering Lifelong Learning, and culminating with Designing Learner-Centered and Inclusive Courses.  Faculty fellows spend each of the terms (1) individually working through online interactive modules, (2) exploring at least one technique in a class during the week, and (3) joining together each Friday as a group for a facilitated discussion on that week's topic. At the end of every course, faculty fellows receive an ACUE/USM Certificate from the Center for Faculty Development as well as badges from ACUE, indicating their successful completion of that stage of training. 

Upon the successful completion of all three ACUE courses, faculty fellows earn the Certificate in Effective College Instruction, endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE), and are conferred the USM designation of ACUE Distinguished Teaching Scholar.  

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Fall 2020 ACUE Faculty Fellows

Michelle Brazeal Social Work
Stacy Creel Library and Information Science
Christopher Foley Humanities
Meghan Hamorskey Social Science and Global Studies
Caitlyn Herzlinger Performing and Visual Arts
Melissa Kay Health Professions
Michelle McLeese Social Science and Global Studies
Chao Meng Marketing
Danilo Mezzadri Music
Katherine Moore Performing and Visual Arts
Leah Parker Humanities
Stephanie Parks Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice
Kimberly Smith Professional Nursing Practice
Bryan Spuhler Child and Family Sciences
Jennifer Torres Performing and Visual Arts

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Center for Faculty Development
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118 College Drive #9638
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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