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Reflective Pedagogy in Higher Education:

Finding Joy and Success in Teaching


College/Department:  Academic Affairs

Participants:  All new resident faculty hires at FGCU with less than two years of university teaching experience (not including graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships or adjunct teaching) are required to enroll.  Other new faculty may enroll, space permitting.

Faculty Load:  Successfully completing this course is an expectation of employment.This coursewill be completed in lieu of service during the semester new faculty are enrolled in this course. 

This course is for new (and relatively new) educators at FGCU.  It is built upon the belief that while no one can make one a better teacher, new faculty members can be given the tools to develop their own “teacher persona” through reading, discussing, reflecting, and practicing.  Along the way they have opportunities for feedback from the instructor, other faculty members and their peers.  The goal is to equip our new colleagues with skills that will set them on the path of teaching effectiveness.


This course is divided into 6 units:

  1. Designing a Course

  2. Teaching Strategies

  3. Working with Students

  4. Sense of Place

  5. Assessing Learning

  6. My Academic Life


NFA is offered during the fall term on Friday mornings from 9 AM  - 11:30 AM in LIB 212