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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
Director