GOALS FOR NEXT YEAR
The academic year 2003-2004 has been highly rewarding for me. First and foremost, I am proud to have received the Outstanding Conference Presentation Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Distinguished Dissertation in Teacher Education Award from the Association of Teacher Educators. These accolades not only recognize my research contributions but also attest to my capabilities in knowledge dissemination.
In teaching, I introduced two core courses, EDU 201 - Classroom Management and EDU 401 - Curriculum Development. Both courses were positively received and enhanced the department's curricular offerings.
In the domain of research, I was privileged to be the primary investigator of a $40,000 internal grant aimed at teacher professional development. This funding will directly benefit educational quality in the community.
However, in terms of challenges, finding a balance between teaching commitments, research, and service roles was a complex task. Managing time to fulfill each responsibility to the best of my ability often proved to be challenging.
- Goal: Improve student engagement and learning outcomes in EDU 201 and EDU 401 classes.
- Objective: Implement active learning strategies in at least two modules of each course by the end of the next semester.
- Description: Active learning techniques such as think-pair-share, problem-based learning, or flipped classroom methods will be incorporated to encourage student participation and understanding. After more than a semester, the effectiveness of these techniques will be measured through formative assessments and end-of-course evaluations.
- Goal: Publish and disseminate impactful research in the area of educational technology.
- Objective: Submit at least three research papers to peer-reviewed journals by December.
- Description: My research topics will focus on the intersection of technology and pedagogy, building upon current work such as "Navigating the Digital Frontier" and "Elevating Education Through Gamification." Manuscripts will undergo internal review for feedback before submission to high-impact journals.
- Goal: Elevate the quality of educational programs through active committee involvement.
- Objective: Develop a new framework for academic program evaluation in collaboration with the Assessment Committee by December.
- Description: Work with committee members to identify gaps in current evaluation metrics. A comprehensive framework will be designed to include both quantitative and qualitative indicators, ensuring that our academic programs meet the highest possible standards.
- Goal: Strengthen expertise in advanced assessment and evaluation methods.
- Objective: Enroll in a specialized assessment training program (Florida Department of Education, Teacher Education Assessment Training Program) and complete it by the end of the next academic year.
- Description: The focus will be on advanced quantitative and qualitative assessment methodologies. This training will build on knowledge gained in the recent Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education Seminar, contributing to improved learning outcomes in the courses I teach and serve.
In summary, after more than a year of teaching, research, and service, the achievements have been substantial, but there's more work to be done. Through thoughtful planning and focused execution, I aim to address the challenges and accomplish my goals in the upcoming academic year.