“The mission of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)-Faculty Development Center is to support Tougaloo College by providing leadership of the implementation of the QEP and by creating opportunities for faculty to achieve personal and professional growth. In 2008, Tougaloo College adopted a QEP of "Advancing Student Learning through Critical Thinking and Analytical Reasoning".
The QEP Goals, with Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) where applicable are:
- Establish programs and projects that infuse critical thinking and analytical reasoning practices in selected general education and major courses to facilitate the acquisition and enhancing of these higher order thinking skills in all students. The SLOs are:
- Students should demonstrate a measureable improvement in analytical, evaluative, inferential, and deductive skills during their matriculation at Tougaloo College;
- Students will be able to apply ethical and moral reasoning to effectively challenge, question, and re-assess the tenants of conventional thinking;
- Students will be able to demonstrate that they understand complex social issues and provide leadership in formulating solutions; and
- Students will demonstrate their ability to critically read, research, and appropriately document findings related to their academic major.
- Recruit, retain, and graduate more students who demonstrate critical thinking and analytical reasoning to optimize student success and create a more ethical, thoughtful, and responsible citizenry.
- Institutionalize the Faculty Development Center to support faculty in developing a skills-based approach that targets specific abilities that students must master at the conclusion of their courses to enhance their critical thinking and analytical reasoning.
QEP-FDC Committee Members (meetings are held every 4th Monday at 10 a.m.)
- Carlos D. Smith, Ed.S., Director (Ex-Officio)
- Fatissa Allen (Natural Sciences Division)
- Linda Anderson, Ed.D. (First Year Experience Program)
- Katrina Arrington, MFA (At-Large)
- Loye Ashton, Ph.D. (Humanities Division)
- Meherun Laiju, Ph.D. (Social Sciences Division)
- Sophia Marshall, Ph.D. (Education Division)
- Jinge Mao, M.D., Ph.D. (At-Large)
- Rosie Neal (Library)
- Stephen Rozman, Ph.D. (Social Sciences Division)
- Brenda Wilder, Ph.D. (At-Large)
"Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future."
― Brian Tracy
“Mahatma Monday” (held every 3rd Monday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Research Complex, Room 209): A time for the Tougaloo College faculty members (our mahatmas, which means “sage” or “a person of great prestige in a field or endeavor”) to share their research with the campus community.
“Workshop Wednesday” (held every 4th Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Research Complex, Room 209): On campus professional development opportunity that will cover varying topics related to teaching and learning.
“Friday Faculty Fellowship” (held quarterly on the last Friday of each month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Faculty House): An opportunity for faculty to relax and engage in meaningful discussion.
“New Faculty Orientation” (every 2nd Monday of each month during the fall semester [and spring semester, if needed] at 10 a.m. in the QEP-FD Center): Orientation program designed to acclimate new faculty members to Tougaloo College.
We are here to help you! Feel free to call, email, visit, or write the Faculty Development/QEP Center:
QEP-Faculty Development Center
500 West County Line Road
Tougaloo, MS 39174
L. Zenobia Coleman Library, 2nd Floor
Carlos D. Smith, Ed.S.
Associate Director of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning
Assistant Professor of English
QEP-Faculty Development Assistant