Faculty Recognized for Transparent Instruction Methods


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) recognized faculty efforts in implementing the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), designed to increase student success through more transparent instruction methods.


Faculty, staff, and students were encouraged to nominate faculty for outstanding work in this area during the 2019-2020 school year, and the following faculty were honored by the QEP Steering Committee: first place, Dr. Jeffrey Darrow, associate professor of mathematics; second place, Dr. Julie Hall, associate professor of molecular biology; third place, Dr. Jason Fowler, associate professor of biochemistry. Honorable Mentions included Dr. William Hardy, adjunct professor of history; Dr. Whitney Kistler, assistant professor of biology; and Dr. Barbara Shock, assistant professor of biology.


“Many faculty members have stepped out of their comfort zone to modify assignments or create new assignments to reflect the transparent instruction pedagogy,” said Dr. Molly Duggan, QEP director.


The 5-year-long QEP seeks to strengthen learning experiences of all undergraduate students helping them better understand why an assignment is important, how to complete the assignment, and how it will be graded. These three components are identified in the QEP as “Purpose, Tasks and Criteria” and are key to developing and communicating clear assignments. General education and gateway classes are the target of the QEP and include information about transparent instruction in their syllabi.


“From the comments we received in our assessment surveys, faculty feel this transparent instruction process has helped them to become better instructors – whether it was with grading, rubrics, or conveying clearer instructions for their students,” Duggan said. “Students also had positive things to say such as ‘Everything was very easily laid out for me,’ and ‘The syllabus was really detailed on each assignment and what was expected from it.’”


The QEP is a key component of LMU’s reaffirmation of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The QEP Steering Committee see student success as engaged learning that leads to completing courses and graduating.


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at admissions@LMUnet.edu.


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