Mission


The mission of the UMB Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) is to advance evidence-based teaching and learning, and assessment and evaluation practices throughout the campus community. The FCTL partners with faculty, staff, and administrators in the curation, collaboration, and co-creation of teaching and learning resources for educational enhancement and student success.

Philosophy


The educational philosophy of the FCTL is that faculty members are the primary drivers of their own continuous learning about education. This means that faculty decide what they want to know and how best to go about learning it; the FCTL is here to provide the guidance. With a faculty-centered approach, we understand that one’s discipline, profession, identity, and daily work life influence every learner. 

The programming offered through the FCTL is shaped by the members who engage in and express their interests in education as a research-driven discipline, teaching as a profession, and in creating the most impactful learning environments for student academic and professional success.

-Christina Cestone, PhD
Executive Director, FCTL 

The center is here to aid you in the application of evidence-based practices, regardless of classroom type or setting (e.g. online, hybrid, web-enhanced, face-to-face, clinics, and laboratories)  anywhere curricula, instruction, and evaluation of learners is occurring.

Background


Established in May 2019 as part of the strategic planning process, a task force identified the need to expand support and resources for faculty specific tinstructional technology enhanced learning and online (distance) education. The FCTL is a central resource for all seven schools at the UMB campus.

Contribution to the UMB Mission


The FCTL supports the UMB mission through specific efforts to sustain educational excellence, and it contributes to the UMB mission in all areas, supporting: student success, research and scholarship, educational inclusivity and diversity, assessment and efficiency, and collaboration. Educational research demonstrates that many learning outcomes are a result of, and correlate to, instructional activities and instructor behaviors. Therefore, the FCTL will:

1. Apply educational research evidence to enhance teaching approaches and assessment practices for student success.

2. Foster knowledge about how individual differences strengthen and contribute to exceptional learning environments.

3. Collaborate with faculty to promote and reward exemplary programs, develop individual instructors, and co-create new programming.

4. Expand our global education reach through consultation and dissemination of UMB programming to educational partners.

5. Initiate, guide, and disseminate rigorous educational research and evaluation of our efforts.