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Making a Sustained Impact on Teaching: School of Nursing faculty member appointed Senior Provost’s Fellow

Posted: March 18, 2015

Dr. Carole Taxis

Carole Taxis, PhD, RN, LPC, CNE and associate professor of clinical nursing at the School of Nursing, has been named a Senior Provost Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin.

“I am very enthusiastic about this appointment,” Dr. Taxis said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to work with a talented group of faculty and to assist those who are excited about teaching and eager to try new things.”

The Provost’s Teaching Fellows program recognizes faculty innovators across campus and is designed to strengthen faculty participation and governance in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), enhance faculty collaboration across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, and support specific faculty-led projects to improve teaching and learning.

In addition to the Teaching Fellows, six Senior Fellows will take on a variety of leadership roles for two years, such as leading faculty learning communities, reviewing grants to support curricular and pedagogical innovation, and participating in operational governance for CTL. Along with Dr. Taxis, the other faculty members appointed Senior Fellows are Calvin Lin in Natural Sciences, Robert Prentice in Business, Jeremi Suri in Liberal Arts, Anita Vangelisti in Communication and Michael Webber in Engineering.

“UT Austin faculty are leading exciting innovations in undergraduate and graduate teaching across the disciplines,” Provost Gregory L. Fenves said. “I am grateful to Pat Davis of the College of Pharmacy and the award-winning faculty who worked with our CTL staff to develop this pioneering initiative to bolster educational excellence and innovation.”

Dr. Taxis plans to encourage strategies that will engage students meeting course objectives while using personalized plans.

“I am interested in promoting strategies that are student-directed. It’s quite exciting when you give, say, 20 students an assignment and receive 20 different ways of completing it,” Taxis explained. “Our goal is to tailor our teaching to student interest and move students into ‘real world’ learning environments.”

Provost’s Teaching Fellows and Senior Fellows are having a broad, positive and sustained impact on the quality of teaching across the campus through the identification, development and support of talented, forward-thinking and service-oriented faculty dedicated to furthering innovative teaching inside and outside of the classroom.

The program was launched in October 2013 when Provost Fenves announced the inaugural class of 20 leading faculty innovators at UT Austin. Carol Delville, assistant professor of clinical nursing at the School of Nursing, was one of 20 inaugural Provost’s Teaching Fellows.

For more information about the program, please visit the Center for Teaching and Learning - Provost's Teaching Fellows page.

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