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The Provost Academy provides an opportunity for UTSA faculty to come together to listen to teaching innovators, engage in dialogue about student learning, and explore ideas for effective instruction. This annual event held in May is an end-of year way to refresh and reflect while building a sense of community with your fellow Roadrunner faculty. Topics include gamification, critical thinking, engagement, first generation student success, active learning, lecture, assessment, internationalization, and metacognition.

Stay tuned for details regarding the 2021 Provost Academy!
Past Provost Academy Presenters

Getting Ready for 60x30TX: Inclusive Classroom Strategies that Engage First-Generation College StudentsLa’Tonya Rease Miles, Director of First Year Experience at UCLA. “LT” Rease Miles works collaboratively with Residential Life, Student Affairs departments more generally and academic departments campus-wide to develop initiatives and to increase awareness of the first-year experience on campus. Dr. Miles has established two successful programs for first-generation college students—one at UCLA and the other at Loyola Marymount University—both recognized for national Best Practices. She regularly consults with institutions nationally concerning first-gen students. Finally, she established and manages a national Facebook group, “Empowering First Generation Students.”

Resilience – Roy Juarez, Jr., Author Homeless by Choice.  Roy Juarez, Jr. shares his story of how he and his siblings became homeless and how he turned his life around, becoming a college graduate and  founder of a human development company in 2005 when he was a freshman at Hardin-Simmons University. With a dream to inspire youth and strengthen families, Juarez began sharing his turbulent history to positively touch the lives of youth, educators, and parents. Juarez was able to partner with Ford Motor Company Fund in their Ford Driving Dreams Tour to inspire students to graduate on time and pursue a higher education. In addition, Juarez’ has been reported by many local and online publications.

Why Failure Is Essential for Student Learning – Joshua Eyler, Executive Director for the Rice Center for Teaching Excellence and author of How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective Teaching, a wonderful tool for reflection on one’s own teaching practice, a way to catalog one’s own values and how we put them into practice in the classroom and out. A copy of Dr. Eyler’s book will be provided to every attendee.

Digital Literacy & Student Success Across the Curriculum – Todd Taylor, Norman and Dorothy Eliason Distinguished Professor of English at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Taylor explores how literacy is evolving in response to digital, information, networked, and media technologies. He serves as the Director the ENGL 105 First-year Writing Program at UNC, through which he launched the Carolina Digital Literacy Initiative in partnership with Adobe Systems, Inc.

Helping Students Understand & Conduct ResearchSage Research Methods presented by Patrick Cox and Vanessa Rusch. Learn more about this research tool that is already available through the UTSA Libraries. Search and browse books, dictionaries, encyclopedia, video, journal articles, cases and datasets on research methods to help you learn and conduct projects. SAGE Research Methods supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process. Nearly everyone at a university is involved in research, from students learning how to conduct research to faculty conducting research for publication to librarians delivering research skills training and doing research on the efficacy of library services. SAGE Research Methods has the answer for each of these user groups, from a quick dictionary definition, a case study example from a researcher in the field, a downloadable teaching dataset, a full-text title from the Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences series, or a video tutorial showing research in action.

Make Group Work Count: Engaging and Assessing Student Learning through Small Group ActivitiesBecky Huang, Associate Professor of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at UTSA. In this hands on session, faculty will learn strategies for using small group work to engage and assess student learning. ABCs of how to use small group activities to assess student learning and will leave with concrete examples of activities that they can use in their teaching.  

Community EngagementCatherine Nolan-Ferrell, Associate Professor of History at UTSA This workshop will explore ways of incorporating experiential learning through community engagement projects.  Dr. Nolan-Ferrell’s research interests are in migration, citizenship, and national identity in Modern Mexico and Guatemala. Her classes frequently incorporate community engagement projects that have included students teaching history unit to elementary school students, students designing a proposal to create an archive of UTSA’s DREAMer movement, and students working with local non-profit organizations on refugee and resettlement projects. She received the UTSA President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching in 2012. 


Peter Arthur

Bobb Darnell

Carl Hobert

Julie Schell

Michael Wesch

Lucretia Fraga

Kay Francis

Joy Gaston Gayles

Jessica Lloyd-Hazlett

Vittorio Marone

Nancy Martin

Patricia Sanchez

Tammy Wyatt

David Yeagar

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