Scholars of Color, by Faculty Rank

Bar chart showing percentage breakout for People of Color compared to White People among faculty in U.S. higher education at each rank: Professor, Assoc. Prof., Assistant Prof., Instructor, Lecturer, No Academic Rank. People of Color held 36% of faculty positions at the Ass't Prof level, but only 22% at Full Prof level. Data from fall 2018.

Bar chart showing percentage breakout for People of Color compared to White People among faculty in U.S. higher education at each rank: Professor, Assoc. Prof., Assistant Prof., Instructor, Lecturer, No Academic Rank. People of Color held 36% of faculty positions at the Ass’t Prof level, but only 22% at Full Prof level. Data from fall 2018.

UCO Ranking and Accreditations

The United States of America does not have a Ministry of Education. As a result, university standards are measured by accreditation agencies. Universities with more prestigious academic programs go through the process of having their quality certified by accrediting agencies which specialize in specific academic disciplines.

Besides verifying academic quality, why do accreditations matter for students?

Book Clubs and Workshops, Spring 2021

Logo for UCO's 21st Century Pedagogy Institute

Twenty-eight UCO faculty submitted applications for 21CPI events. All submissions include why the event leads to teaching effectiveness. Participants submit an artifact incorporating learning from the event, as well as write a critical reflection. This spring, facilitators originate from every UCO college (i.e., chemistry, . . .  read more

Transformative Learning

How do you learn best? Do you learn by someone telling you how? Or do you learn by doing? If you learn best by doing, practicing, asking, discovering and finding, you will love the Transformative Learning Teaching philosophy at the University of Central Oklahoma. It is so excellent, that the United States Government gave UCO over 8 million dollars to make it the best in the world.

Principles of Learning from New Faculty Orientation 2020

The following was presented at the virtual New Faculty Orientation at UCO for the Fall 2020 semester, by Dr. Jody Horn — 

Brain-Based Principles of Learning:

  1. Malleable; Changed by Experience
  2. Connects New Information to Old
  3. Unique and Uniquely Organized
  4. Not Equal, because context and ability influence learning

Other important concepts to consider for effective teaching:

  • Active Retrieval: More mental effort, but long-term memory increases when repeatedly retrieving information
  • Aligning/Authentic Assessment: What students are assessed over should be what they are learning which should match the learning activities
  • Clear Learning Goals: Students who know where they are “going” in class are more likely to be successful
  • Encoding: Learners must encode information into their longer-term memory
  • Feedback: Students must receive timely feedback on their performance to help them encode and learn
  • Metacognition: Students learn through reflecting, and they learn how to learn by reflecting on how they learn! This will lead to them becoming lifelong learners.

The fact that learning is malleable is significant because that means it can be impacted by students’ practice. To take . . .  read more