Publish Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2022 23:54:14 -0700
The Pinning Ceremony of the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) was held on Friday, May 20, at Crafton Hills College. The event honored 22 full- time and part-time faculty members from Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College who completed a 25-week Effective Teaching Practices program.
The ACUE effective practice framework includes five core competencies grounded in evidence-based research: creating an inclusive and supportive environment, designing student-centered courses, promoting active learning, inspiring inquiry, and preparing life-long learners.
The Effective Teaching Practices program is offered online in a cohort model. The Crafton/Valley ACUE cohort had the highest national implementation rate. Each week as faculty completed their modules, they were asked to demonstrate when and how they will implement the material learned into their classes. While most faculty hold off on implementing material as they are learning it, this cohort started implementation immediately, a practice that set the bar for all ACUE cohorts.
The 22 faculty were commended for the time and effort it took to complete this program while already balancing teaching, family, and personal obligations.Throughout the program some of the faculty members also dealt with health issues, extending care to spouses, and the death of loved ones, yet they continued to push through and complete assignment after assignment. During their acceptance speeches, several faculty members noted how the ACUE course transformed their teaching style and practices. CHC Professor of American Sign Language Breanna Andrews was highlighted by colleagues for leading the way with discussion posts and feedback. New part-time Respiratory therapy instructor Nicholas Morris shared that the professional development opportunity provided him with actual teaching skills that he had not learned in his master’s program.