The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Faculty Resource Center hosted the 3rd Annual Teaching Showcase, a night of celebration and pedagogy, on April 3.
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology and 2012 President’s Award for Teaching Excellence recipient Amy Miller, Associate Professor of Fine Arts Dr. Valerie Grash, and Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. John Thompson spoke to the group on “Classroom Rapport,” “Finding Common Ground: Culture Relevancy in the Classroom,” and “Tailored Teaching,” respectively. The showcase concluded with three simultaneous informal roundtable discussions led by the speakers.
The goals of the annual Teaching Showcase are to promote teaching excellence by asking three exemplary faculty members to share [with their colleagues] their achievements, challenges, and experiences in the classroom; and to provide a friendly atmosphere in which faculty can share with one another their ideas, questions, struggles, and successes.
The mission of the Faculty Resource Center is to assist faulty in attaining and refining teaching effectiveness; to serve as a resource for best practices in the scholarship of teaching and learning; to promote initiatives that foster faculty renewal and recognition; to orientate and mentor new faculty; to provide support for grant opportunities and grant proposal preparation.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization." Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.