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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.