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Doctoral students Helen Crompton, Karla Martin and Anna Todd named Future Faculty Fellows

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Helen Crompton


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Karla Martin


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Anna Todd

Three doctoral students from the School of Education were selected as UNC-Chapel Hill Future Faculty Fellows. Helen Crompton, Karla Martin and Anna Todd are three of the 25 UNC senior-level graduate students chosen to make up this year’s cohort. All three are students in the Culture, Curriculum and Change specialization of the Ph.D. in Education program.

The UNC Center for Faculty Excellence, sponsor of the Future Faculty Fellowship Program, conducts a five-day seminar for the Fellows, to help prepare them for their first experience as independent educators. The seminar participants learn a variety of essential skills related to designing and teaching courses that emphasize critical thinking, effectively evaluating student learning, gathering information from students and peers to improve teaching, and creating a teaching portfolio. The seminar will be conducted twice this summer, on May 12-17 and August 11-17.

The Future Faculty Fellowship program was developed by the Center for Faculty Excellence in collaboration with Student Government, the Graduate and Professional Student Federation, the Office of the Provost and the Graduate School.

“The Future Faculty Fellows Program will ensure that I am prepared to teach students in higher education and provide me with strategies for pedagogical practice in the University setting,” said Crompton of how she thinks the seminar will help her become a better teacher. “I am also interested in faculty expectations and conduct stipulated by both the University and professional associations such as the American Association of University Professors.”

Current UNC graduate students can apply for the Future Faculty Fellowship Program if they have been assigned to teach as an independent instructor at UNC-Chapel Hill in the upcoming academic year. Independent instructors have the full responsibility of designing, planning and implementing a course.

“Although I am well trained in teaching elementary students, the Future Faculty Fellows Program will provide me with the resources and information I need to successfully teach college-level students,” said Martin.

Crompton will be teaching EDUC 629, “English Language Learners: Issues for Practitioners” in fall 2010, as well as EDUC 416, “Curriculum Integration: Science, Math and Technology,” in spring 2011. Todd will teach EDUC 641, “Introduction to 21st--Century Schools,” this summer. Martin is preparing to teach an “Adventures and Ideas” seminar that focuses on the topic of identity.

Each Fellow will receive a certificate and a $450 honorarium upon completion of the seminar. Each will also be given a set of books on college teaching to use as texts during the seminar and as reference material for future teaching endeavors.

“The other Education students and I are fortunate to have been chosen for this experience,” said Todd.  “I believe that this is just another example of the strength of the School of Education’s graduate programs and the Culture, Curriculum and Change area.”