The mission of the Finch Center for Teaching and Learning is simple: Thoughtful teaching – active learning.
We aim to assist faculty in the improvement of the Maryville student experience. Through offering new techniques and information, we hope faculty will enjoy their courses even further.
Like any occupation, those who teach aim to constantly improve upon their craft. Our Center offers professional development programs, guest speakers, opportunities for faculty to make suggestions to each other and the opportunity for faculty to have their own courses reviewed by non-biased reviewers.
Please visit this page often, as opportunities will be constantly updated. We offer something for everyone, and if there is something you might be interested in that we do not offer, please let us know!
The Finch Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) offers Maryville faculty a myriad of learning opportunities to attain its mission: Thoughtful Teaching; Active Learning.
Faculty who want to become more learner-centered in their practice can easily access practical ideas and in-depth resources at this website. Faculty who want to do research on their own classrooms can join Scholarship of Teaching and Learning/Action Research Seminars. Faculty who want non-evaluative feedback on their practice can arrange peer observations and video-taping sessions with the Teaching Learning Colleagues (TLC). Faculty who want to learn from national leaders in higher education and share their own expertise can participate in the annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference. Faculty who want to interact with colleagues in small groups can attend Lunch & Learns, Book Group sessions, and workshops. Faculty who want financial support for pursuing innovative projects can apply for Innovation Incentive Grants. Faculty who desire confidential conversations and consultations can contact members of the TLC Team or the Center Director.
We encourage all faculty members to explore this website, avail themselves of existing opportunities, and propose additions and changes that will enhance learning throughout the Maryville community.