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Faculty prepare for fall with development event

Lamar University faculty members prepared for a successful Fall 2013 semester with a faculty development program Tuesday that began with welcoming remarks from President Kenneth Evans.Kenneth Evans

Lamar’s Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement hosted the “blast-off” event for the fourth consecutive year to allow faculty members to share ideas on innovative teaching techniques and methods to improve student engagement.

“Every day, you think about new ways to bring material into the classroom,” Evans said. “We’re all here because we have a passion to teach, and it’s that passion that drives us to innovate and change and make things better.”

He encouraged faculty members to incorporate writing, rewriting and oral presentations into their classrooms and to look for ways to provide undergraduate students with opportunities to get involved in research.

Steven Zani, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, said the event is intended to provide additional training to faculty members and to introduce them to services the center provides. The center launched five years ago based on a proposal by the Faculty Senate. It is designed to serve as a hub for faculty development needs, Zani said.

For more information on the Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, which has offices on the sixth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library, call (409) 880-7553.