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Dr. LaWanda Baskin

ACUE has allowed me to increase my effectiveness as an educator. Participating in the lively discussion and completing the structured assignment modules helped me create and implement innovative, engaging teaching strategies that promote student success. Being a part of ACUE also afforded me the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals from a variety of disciplines across campus. I feel honored to be connected to such a great program and distinguished group of people.

 -- Dr. LaWanda Baskin
Interim Director and Assistant Professor
School of Leadership and Advance Nursing Practice

Dr. Chris Croft 

School colleagues encouraged me to join ACUE, and it is one of the best professional decisions I have made at Southern Miss. As a practitioner adjusting to academia, ACUE greatly assisted in better aligning course objectives with class information. ACUE is challenging but provides pedagogy steps to assist in lining course goals, objectives, and learning outcomes to better connect and engage with students. Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, ACUE will help you be engaging and connecting to students and make your overall course better and more enjoyable for the students.

--Dr. Chris Croft
Assistant Professor
School of Marketing

Dr. Jacob Esplin

I applied to the ACUE Faculty Development Institute because I was new to academia and had received little instruction in pedagogy.  I love the content I teach, about how to better understand and improve family interactions, and how children learn and develop, and I want to share this information as effectively as possible.  Because of ACUE, I now have the training and resources I need to help me reach my students in ways I was unable to before.  My students are now more engaged in course content, are more aware of what it takes to be academically successful in my courses, and I feel more equipped with what I need to continue to improve my instruction and my students’ outcomes.

--Dr. Jacob Esplin
Assistant Professor
School of Child and Family Sciences

Dr. Melissa Kay

ACUE has allowed me the opportunity to have an outside perspective on my internalized pedagogical habits. This outside perspective has provided a lot of self-reflection and renewed passion for teaching. Now, instead of teaching to teach, I teach to learn. Learn more about myself, learn more about my students, and learn more about learning. It truly is a team effort and students have a role in the process just as much as we do.

-- Dr. Melissa Kay
Assistant Professor
School of Health Professions



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