Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars

Vision Statement

The Academy believes that original research inspires great teachers and that the challenges of teaching cultivate research. The university must create a habitat where research-whether into the enigmas of quantum mechanics or the beauty of lyric poetry, whether into the distant reaches of philosophy or the secret life of the nematode-provokes the insights of teaching, and where rigorous teaching originates in fresh research. To pass the knowledge of one generation on to the next, the university must foster the research that is the heart of learning. Where the teacher is surprised and enlightened, the student will follow.

 

 

Mission Statement and Membership

 

Academy Events

 

Experiential learning: Crafting Opportunities in the Classroom

Don’t miss this interactive ADTS Session

Marianne Schmink, Professor Emerita and Distinguished Teaching Scholar of Latin American Studies and Anthropology at the University of Florida and Jonathan Dain, a University of Florida (UF) Lecturer with appointments in both the Center for Latin American Studies and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation  are well versed in crafting opportunities for experiential learning. It is, after all, at the core of what they do.

Experiential learning is learning that supports students in applying their knowledge and conceptual understanding to real-world problems or authentic situations while being guided and directed by their instructor.

Join us for an informative session and panel discussion as we explore methods and opportunities to develop experiential learning activities in your courses both in and out of the classroom.

Jonathan Dain

Jonathan Dain is a University of Florida (UF) Lecturer with appointments in both the Center for Latin American Studies and the School of Forest Resources and Conservation.  An applied anthropologist by training, Jon’s work focuses on conflict management, facilitation, and communication/leadership skills for those engaging with natural resource management (and managers) in the United States and abroad.  He directs the UF/IFAS Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute (http://nrli.ifas.ufl.edu/index.shtml) and is a core faculty member in both the Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) and the Masters of Sustainable Development Practice (MDP) programs.

Marianne Schmink

Marianne Schmink is Professor Emerita and Distinguished Teaching Scholar of Latin American Studies and Anthropology at the University of Florida, where she served as Director of the interdisciplinary Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) research and training program from 1988-2010. Her research in Brazil focused on sustainable development and gender in the Amazon region, and she directed a 13-year USAID funded community research and extension program in western Amazonia (1990-2003).

 

Academy Member Essays and Teaching Philosophies

Essays by the Members of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars:

Teaching Philosophies by the Members of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars:

Academy Spotlight Videos

The Faculty Spotlight video series is a collaboration between ADTS and the Office of Faculty Development &Teaching Excellence (FDTE)

Previous ADTS Events

Standards Based Teaching with Kevin Knudson:

  • Join  Dr. Kevin Knudson in a session that will explore standards based teaching in his courses and tactics that can be applied to any course
  • Coming Soon: Podcast Recording
  • Session Handout

Experiential Learning in the Architecture Studio

This tour of the Design Studios and a panel discussion on experiential learning, moderated by Professor Charlie Hailey, with faculty including Professors Jason Alread, Donna Cohen, Nina Hofer, Lisa Huang, Mark McGlothlin, Michael Montoya, and Bradley Walters, helped us to explore studio-based experiential learning in higher education.

Teaching with Archives Workshop

  • Session Leader: Marsha Bryant assisted by Peggy McBride (Curator of University Archives), Suzan Alteri (Baldwin archive of children’s literature), Laure Taylor (Digital Collections), Jim Liversidge (Popular Culture Collection), Rebecca Jefferson (Judaica Suite), and Dan Reboussin (Africana Collection)
  • Session Handout (pdf.)
  • Session Highlights (2:29)

Marsha Bryant
Marsha Bryant - Member of ADTS since 2014

Description:  Five-minute round table talks from faculty who have used various archival materials (maps, rare books, IFAS surveys, pop culture, Digital Library of the Caribbean, etc.) for their classes.  Special Collections and Digital Collections curators will showcase some of the materials and discuss potential course activities.

Webinar and Online Labs


Kimerby A. Moore - ADTS Member since 2014