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Release: June 29, 2001

Center for Teaching names Trachsel first Faculty Fellow

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mary Trachsel, an associate professor of rhetoric at the University of Iowa, has been selected to be the UI Center for Teaching's inaugural Faculty Fellow during the 2001-2002 academic year.

The fellowship was created to give UI faculty an opportunity to work with the center's staff for a year, designing, implementing and evaluating the center's programs and activities. The fellow is expected to write for the center's publications, conduct workshops and provide one-on-one consultations with faculty and graduate students.

"We've been pursuing this idea for a couple of years and decided that we could finally do it this year," said Tom Rocklin, director of the center, adding that the fellowship will run on a three-year trial basis.

Created in 1996, the stated mission of the Center for Teaching is to support and promote the development of teaching skills, strengthen the culture of teaching, serve as a symbol of the university's commitment to teaching and influence policy discussions in ways that support the development of an excellent teaching and learning environment.

The center helps faculty with a variety of teaching issues, including improving classroom presentation, developing engaging curricula and dealing with difficult or challenging students. It also provides workshops on teaching and three times a semester hosts Films At Noon, during which guests watch a video on some aspect of teaching and learning and then discuss it.

Rocklin said faculty fellows will devote about half of their time during the academic year to work in the center. In return, the center will cover the cost to the fellow's home department for finding a substitute instructor for two classes.

The fellowship is open to any tenured member of the UI faculty. For more information, contact Tom Rocklin at 335-6048.