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Critical Thinking Initiatives

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QEP Updates

May 1, 2016

2016 Critical Thinking Initiatives Faculty Grants Announced

The Office of Critical Thinking Initiatives announces the faculty grants awards for 2016. The recipients are:

Faculty Fellows
Casey Dozier (Career Center)
Valliere Richard Auzene (College of Motion Picture Arts)
Scott Pohler (Air Force, ROTC)
Lisa Weinbert (Sociology)

Discipline-Focused Projects
Michael Kaschak (Psychology)
Kyle Killian (Art History)
Lisa Tripp (College of Motion Picture Arts)

Faculty members undertaking a Faculty Fellows Projects have agreed to modify the content and pedagogical techniques associated with one key junior or senior course and to teach that course twice over the two granting period. Discipline-Focused Projects address critical thinking development across the junior and senior year.

“We are very excited to have this impressive group of colleagues join in enhancing critical thinking skills across FSU’s campus,” said Lynn Hogan, Director of the Office of Critical Thinking Initiatives. “With the addition of these faculty members, 19 unique majors and 11 colleges along with units in student affairs are addressing this important skill set.”

The Office of Critical Thinking Initiatives was launched in 2014 to further the development of critical thinking among our students by helping them enhance the above skills. The charge originates from the Quality Enhancement Plan Think FSU: Improving Critical Thinking in the Disciplines, but reflects an institution-wide belief in the importance of critical thinking to our graduates and the positive impact it can have on society as a whole. In December 2014, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accepted the plan.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Office of Critical Thinking Initiatives Awards Grants to Enhance Student Critical Thinking Skills

The Office of Critical Thinking Initiatives awarded eight faculty grants in spring 2015. These awards were made to faculty members who will be enhancing critical thinking skills among juniors and seniors across different disciplines. Five of the grants went to faculty members who will lead discipline focused projects over the next two or three years. Three faculty members received funding as Faculty Fellows to enhance critical thinking in key upper division courses. The award recipients are:

Discipline-Focused Projects
Kevin Dixon, Biology
Roxanne Hauber, Nursing
Mark Fuelner, Public Safety
Richard Morris, Communication Science and Disorders
Marlo Ransdall, Interior Design

Faculty Fellows
Ella-Mae Daniel, School of Teacher Education
Emily DuVal, Biology
Timothy Kinney, Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Information Systems Development

The Discipline-Focused Projects and the Faculty Fellows Program grew out of ThinkFSU, the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). According to Lynn Hogan, Director of Critical Thinking Initiatives, “ FSU has committed to enhancing critical thinking skills among juniors and seniors. These grants support faculty as they develop new teaching and curricular interventions aimed at furthering those skills among students. These eight recipients bring different perspectives to the critical thinking conversation and their projects are going to make our students better critical thinkers.”

FSU’s emphasis on critical thinking skills among juniors and seniors emerged through a campus-wide effort to identify a QEP project. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission for Colleges approved the final proposal, ThinkFSU: Improving Critical Thinking in the Disciplines, in December 2014.

Lynn Hogan

Career Center Staff Publish on the Critical Thinking.

Janet Lenz, Vanessa Frierson Freeman, Kelvin Rutledge and Calvin Williams published the article Promoting Critical Thinking in Students: A Career Center’s Strategy in the November 2015 issue of the NACE Journal. The journal is produced by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

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Critical Thinking Initiatives featured on FSU Headlines.

The Office of Critical Thinking and Dr. Richard Morris’ Discipline-Focused Project Critical Thinking Project in Communication Science and Disorders were featured the July 24 section of FSU Headlines which aired on WFSU. Nora Bertolaet prepared the broadcast.

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Think FSU: Plan aims to enhance critical thinking skills

Employers are increasingly saying that a capacity to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems is more important than a job candidate's undergraduate major.

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