Faculty Achievement in Classroom Teaching

March 15th - April 12th, 2016

The FACT Program

As the College of Pharmacy engages in the design and development of a new PharmD curriculum to meet the demands of changing accreditation standards and a changing healthcare and health science landscape, it seeks to cultivate learner-centered instructional environments in which students are actively engaged through instructional methodologies that emphasize collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving.

To this end, the College has established the Faculty Achievement in Classroom Teaching (FACT) Grant Program in partnership with UGA Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) to encourage faculty to explore and implement innovative approaches to teaching and learning across the PharmD program. After participating in a series of instructional development opportunities, faculty will be eligible to submit proposals that outline lecture, class, or course transformation projects. Those faculty whose projects are selected will receive funding commensurate with the complexity of the proposed project as compensation for planning.

The Details

In order to be eligible to apply for a FACT Grant, faculty must participate in the FACT Program, which involves:

  • Attending at least three CoP/CTL brown-bag workshops;
  • Meeting with the IDTO staff in the CoP to discuss plans (direct and indirect assessment methods) and potential support needs;
  • Meeting with the CTL staff to outline potential SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) research opportunities surrounding the proposed classroom innovations;
  • Agreeing to implement the proposed transformation and doing so at the earliest opportunity; and
  • Sharing experiences with colleagues in the CoP at the December Retreat/Spring Faculty meeting and/or with the University community at large by leading a CTL workshop or participating as a panelist in a related session.

Faculty in the College of Pharmacy who wish to participate in the FACT Program must attend at least 3 of the 7 workshops listed on the workshops page. These events include 5 workshops conducted by the CTL in coordination with the CoP IDTO as well as 2 cross-listed workshops hosted by the CTL as part of their Flipping the Classroom Workshop Series. All College of Pharmacy events are held during PharmD student “Org Hours” on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:20 PM in the Bloodworth Conference Room in Athens. Connections to satellite campuses are available upon request.

Once you have attended one or more of the College of Pharmacy/Center for Teaching and Learning Workshops you will have the opportunity to take advantage of individualized, one-on-one assistance from the College of Pharmacy Instructional Design and Technology Office (IDTO).

Get help:

  • Constructing course goals and objectives
  • Designing instructional strategies
  • Developing interactive learning tools
  • Developing authentic modes of assessment