Associate Professor Stacey Tecot (left) and Adjunct Lecturer Elizabeth Eadie (right) have been awarded a Co-Teaching mini-grant by the University of Arizona Office of the Provost for Academic Affairs. The $9,000 award is made possible by funding to the Association of American Universities from Northrup Grumman Foundation, and support from the Provost’s Office.
The mini-grant will support a co-teaching, mentor–mentee relationship between Dr. Eadie and Dr. Tecot, respectively: Dr. Tecot will benefit from Dr. Eadie’s experience with evidence-based teaching practices she has developed over several years of teaching ANTH 170C1: Human Variation in the Modern World. Dr. Tecot and Dr. Eadie will continue to refine the active learning methods piloted by Dr. Eadie, and Dr. Tecot will adapt them for her own course, ANTH 364: Natural History of our Closest Relatives.
In the award letter, Dr. Gail Burd, Vice Provost for Academic affairs, Teaching, and Learning, states that the project “will be a model for how to advance active learning practices by faculty in a department or school.” Adds School of Anthropology Director, Diane Austin, “This will enhance undergrad teaching in the SoA overall.”
Dr. Austin, in the department head statement for the mini-grant application, wrote that while SoA faculty collaborate on research, they have few co-teaching opportunities. The mini-grant “will enable two of our dedicated teachers to work together to adapt one of our Tier II courses that consistently attracts many students from diverse disciplines to the collaborative, active-learning model.” (Anthro news date: 6/21/2019)