In recent years, Siena College professors have revised course offerings by embracing new technological tools and student engagement techniques all in an effort to challenge students. New classes continue to evolve like Rhetoric(s) of Hip-Hop Culture in the English Department and Chemical Kinetics in the Biochemistry and Chemistry Department.
In August of 2011 Siena created the Center for Faculty Excellence and Innovation (CFEI) to help develop, support, promote and expand such courses.
Under the leadership of Claire Parham, Ph.D., director of CFEI, the Center is improving the student learning experience on campus and creating a renewed sense of community and interaction among faculty.
“Being a faculty developer has influenced me to reassess my own teaching techniques,” Parham, who also teaches in the history department, said. “The knowledge I have gained from my Siena colleagues has allowed me to better understand student learning and innovative techniques and to alter my courses to improve outcomes.”
By collaborating with other campus entities, Parham has provided services to meet the diverse needs of educators and the demands of their disciplines. Workshops have been conducted on topics like dealing with unprepared students and increasing student engagement in the classroom. For an inside look at Siena’s approach to teaching check out the videos to the right that features James Booker, Ph.D., professor of economics and environmental studies, Mary Anne Egan, Ph.D., professor of computer science and Tom Swan, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology.