Faculty Demonstrate Dedication to Student Success Through Teaching Credentials

Celebrating faculty who received their full credential in effective college teaching. Pictured from left to right: Deborah Korth, Charini Urteaga, Christy Smith, EmmaLe Davis, Kathy Koziol, Catherine Heath, Angela Mensah, Provost Terry Martin and Heath Schluterman
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Celebrating faculty who received their full credential in effective college teaching. Pictured from left to right: Deborah Korth, Charini Urteaga, Christy Smith, EmmaLe Davis, Kathy Koziol, Catherine Heath, Angela Mensah, Provost Terry Martin and Heath Schluterman

Eight faculty members from across the U of A have earned the prestigious Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) certification in Effective College Teaching. These fully credentialed faculty represent the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Health Professions, Walton College of Business, College of Engineering and Global Campus.

The ACUE certification is nationally recognized and awarded in collaboration with the American Council on Education. The program helps educators use evidence-based practices to improve student engagement, increase student persistence and close equity gaps. According to the ACUE website, "These credentials distinguish faculty and institutions for their commitment to educational excellence."

To obtain the full certification, faculty must complete a rigorous program spanning four micro-credentials: Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environment, Promoting Active Learning, Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners, and Designing Student-Centered Courses.

Deb Korth, assistant dean for student success in Fulbright College, pioneered the university's partnership with ACUE in spring 2022. Fulbright college continues to lead the way by including ACUE into their Inclusive Excellence Framework. Since the program's adoption at the university, over 350 microcedentials have been earned by university faculty. Thirty-one faculty hold the full credential. 

"When our faculty prioritize effective teaching methods and continuously develop their pedagogical skills, it directly translates into greater student learning and achievement," Korth said. "The ACUE certification program equips instructors with evidence-based techniques to create inclusive, engaging classroom environments that inspire inquiry and prepare students for lifelong success. By investing in teacher excellence, we are ultimately investing in the success of our students."

Congratulations to these faculty who earned full ACUE credential during the spring semester and were recognized at the Provost's Faculty Recognition Reception on April 10, 2024.

  • EmmaLe Davis, Walton College of Business
  • Catherine Heath, Fulbright College of Arts and Science
  • Margaret Hershberger, Fulbright College of Arts and Science
  • Kathy Koziol, Fulbright College of Arts and Science
  • Angela Mensah, Fulbright College of Arts and Science
  • Heath Schluterman, College of Engineering
  • Christy Smith, College of Education and Health Professionals
  • Charini Urteaga, Global Campus

Faculty who completed the microcredential Inspiring Inquiry and Lifelong Learning in Your Online Course:

  • Sophia Barkat
  • Scott Borden
  • Dave Bostwick
  • Hilary Bowling
  • Kevin Brady
  • Susan Bristow
  • Eric Button
  • Ellie Davis
  • John Davis
  • Sarah Denison
  • Carly Franklin
  • Joshua Girshner
  • Bob Hinton
  • Amalie Holland
  • Minju Hong
  • Peggy Lee
  • Rodica Lisnic
  • Angela Mensah
  • John Wayne Morris
  • Mya Norman
  • Christine Rickabaugh
  • Rocio Ritter
  • James Roddy
  • Karl Schubert
  • Christy Smith
  • Megan Taylor
  • Charini Uteaga
  • Kasey Walker
  • Nichelle Wilson-Parish

Faculty who completed the microcredential Inspiring Inquiry and Lifelong Learners:

  • Jeanice Ball
  • Brian Becker
  • John Bergdall
  • Kate Chapman
  • EmmaLe Davis
  • Raymond Dick
  • Susan Dick
  • Sarah Dobrzykowski,
  • Jenna Donohue,
  • Cadi Fung
  • Kevin Hall,
  • Heath Catherine
  • Hershberger Margaret
  • Ali Hintz
  • David Jensen
  • Marshall Jones
  • Olivia Kline
  • Kathy Koziol
  • Valentina Morello
  • Cameron Murray
  • Virginia Parkman
  • Martha Montejo Pizarro
  • Latisha Puckett
  • Lauren Quetsch
  • Carson Rein
  • Robert Saunders
  • Heath Schluterman
  • Deanna Shields
  • Eric Specking
  • Amanda Sullivan
  • Yong Wang
  • Summer Woehr

Please check out our ACUE at UARK website for more information or to enroll in a microcredential this summer or fall.

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