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  • Princeton Review's Best 300 Professors

    Tony SmithTony Smith, Instructor of Communications at the Seminole Campus, has made the list of The Princeton Review’s Best 300 Professors.

    The Princeton Review teamed with RateMyProfessors.com to develop the comprehensive guidebook, which showcases the best undergraduate professors throughout the country. The feature also contains profiles of the 122 schools at which the listed professors teach.

    Smith began his career at the college as a full-time speech instructor in August 2004. On the RateMyProfessors website, students describe how comfortable and at ease he makes them feel while giving a speech in public. One commenter described him as a “Funny guy! Makes class fun! His speech critiques and pointers are helpful. If you follow all of his criteria, you will leave this class confident in giving public speeches.”

    Smith, a native of Ohio, received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Wright State University and a Master of Arts in speech communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

    National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) awards

    Patricia Smith, Associate Professor of Communications
    Excellence in College Preparatory Education

    Patricia SmithAs a developmental educator, Patricia Smith is particularly aware of cognitive and affective needs of students.

    “Knowing the fragility of my student population makes me acutely sensitive and responsive to the individual differences and special needs among learners,” Smith said.

    Her teaching style encourages their individual learning styles to further develop and increase their skills  in the classroom and also offers tutoring to students in her office to help make the out-of-class connection. An individualized education plan helps to change the dynamic into the one-room schoolhouse and improve student learning outcomes and strengthen their self-efficacy, esteem and motivation.

    Smith thinks she was nominated because of her passion for developmental education and belief in interdisciplinary team teaching.

    “Honors and graduate students self-discover what they need to learn, but developmental students need not only the educational tools but instructors and advocates who will journey with these students to help them succeed and complete what they start,” she said.

    Li-Lee Tunceren, Lead Faculty Associate, Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning
    Outstanding Peer Mentoring

    TuncerenFor Li-Lee Tunceren, peer mentoring is not a rule-governed process. It develops naturally as colleagues build professional and personal relationships.

    “I very much value the individual contributions of each faculty member, full-time and adjunct, and enjoy welcoming those new to our institution into a collegial environment,” Tunceren said.

    Through her work with CETL, she worked to increase and improve communication between college administrators and faculty.

    “One of the biggest challenges in a large organization like ours is communication,” she said. “I try hard to share policies, procedures and professional development opportunities and make myself available in person, by phone and online at point of need.”

    Whether it’s connecting a faculty member to information or resources, or lending an empathetic ear, supporting colleagues is rewarding. It gives faculty a chance to learn from each other by discussing ways to better teaching and learning within and across disciplines.

    “Mentoring and networking serve as a great model for student success,” Tunceren said. “It is they who ultimately benefit from well-informed, professional and caring teachers.”

    Foundation grants

    The Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2011-12 Innovation Grants. A selection committee, comprised of representatives of the college, the SPC Foundation and the community, reviewed each of the applications and awarded more than $40,000. Innovation Grants provide financial resources of up to $3,500 to implement programs that broaden the scope of the curriculum, deepen the college experience and improve student achievement. The program is open to faculty, staff and student groups with faculty advisors, or any team comprised of members of these constituencies.

    • Beth Carlson, Visual Literacy: American Sign-Language Lecture Series
    • Abagail Mills, Learning through Recording and Listening to Authentic American Speech, Communications, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

    Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (CETL) grants

    CETL Mini Grants are designed to support faculty engagement in innovative teaching and effective assessment of student learning. Faculty may work as individuals or form teams within or across disciplines to strategize ways to enhance their teaching, serve student needs, and meet course or program goals. Learn more about CETL Mini Grants.

    • Susan Cornett, Course Modules to Teach, Practice and Assess Source Integration and Citation 
    • Bonnie Jefferis, We Are What We Eat, But What Are We Eating?: An all-discipline presentation about the food on your plate   
    • Carmen Simpson, Developmental Writing Portfolio Assessment 

    CETL Critical Thinking Grants are designed to enhance student learning and their ability to think critically. Learn more about CETL Critical Thinking Grants.