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UK Teaching and Learning Center Announces New Graduate Certificate

Contact: Ralph Derickson

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Charlene Humphrey, a graduate student in biomedical engineering, from Hoosick Falls, N.Y., intends to be one of the first candidates for a new UK Teaching and Learning Center Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning.

The new certificate, which builds on UK’s highly successful Preparing Future Faculty program, is targeted at graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, part-time instructors, adjunct faculty, and current faculty members and instructors at UK, Lexington Community College, and other collaborating institutions. The certificate also is available to people with terminal degrees who want to enter the academic market and international graduate students interested in faculty careers in countries where postsecondary teaching certificates are required.

 

May 1, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) is offering a new Graduate Certificate in College Teaching and Learning designed to enhance the skills and credentials of future faculty members.

To celebrate and introduce the new certificate, the TLC invites all faculty members, graduate students, and postdoctoral students to an open house and reception from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 2, in 206 Student Center.

“Many of UK’s graduate students hope to move on to faculty positions,” said Larry Grabau, TLC director. “Unfortunately,” he added, “some lack teaching experience. The new graduate certificate is a great way to acquire skills and credentials in college teaching and learning.”

The new certificate, which builds on UK’s highly successful Preparing Future Faculty program, is targeted at graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, part-time instructors, adjunct faculty, and current faculty members and instructors at UK, Lexington Community College, and other collaborating institutions, said Carolyn Carter, certificate coordinator. The certificate also is available to people with terminal degrees who want to enter the academic market and international graduate students interested in faculty careers in countries where postsecondary teaching certificates are required.

To earn the certificate, future faculty must complete 12 credit hours of required and elective courses. Required courses include preparing future faculty, college teaching and learning, and a practicum in college teaching.

The certificate’s official birth date was April 16, 2003, the date on which the program received final University Senate approval, after earlier approvals by the Graduate Council and Senate Council.

Carter noted that the certificate is a collaborative effort between UK and its partner institutions of higher education including Asbury College, Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Lexington Community College, Midway College, Kentucky State University, and Transylvania University.

Carter said the certificate will help participants become quick starters. “They will jump to the head of the pack,” she predicted, “already geared up to be successful faculty members. They will excel and the institutions that hire them will benefit.”

For further information about the new certificate, contact Grabau or Carter at (859) 257-9725 or go to the Web site. TLC offices are located at 5-47 William T. Young Library.


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