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5 UTEP Faculty Members Recognized for Earning National Credential for Teaching Excellence

Last Updated on July 02, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Originally published July 02, 2019

By UC Staff

UTEP Communications

A quintet of faculty members from The University of Texas at El Paso were among 22 honorees from The University of Texas System institutions who were recognized for earning a national teaching credential through a UT System initiative to support student success.

The Certificate in Effective College Instruction is the only nationally recognized teaching credential endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE). Participants continued teaching during the 25-week online course, implementing the strategies they were learning into their classes, and subsequently providing reflection and self-evaluation. The modules addressed more than 200 teaching methods aligned with the latest research in cognition and adult learning. 

The UTEP faculty members recognized for earning the national teaching credential are Yannick Atouba, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication; Elena Izquierdo, Ph.D., associate professor of teacher education; Sabiha Khan, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication; Corrine Peschka, lecturer in developmental English; and Adeeba Abdul Raheem, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of civil engineering.

The faculty members were recognized during a pinning ceremony in June 2019 in Dallas.

During fall 2018, UTEP’s Center for Faculty Leadership and Development (CFLD) collaborated with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to offer faculty members a free yearlong program geared toward enhancing instructional skills proven to promote student motivation, learning and persistence.

The ACUE based its Course in Effective Teaching Practices on more than three decades of research that shows the impact of effective teaching on student learning. UTEP’s CFLD led the faculty cohort in 25 learning modules and mentored them as they used their new skills.

“The ACUE course provides a great opportunity for faculty members to reflect on their teaching practices, to try innovative and tested strategies, and to share their experiences with others,” said John Wiebe, Ph.D., UTEP’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Our faculty colleagues who invested their time in this opportunity have demonstrated their commitment to making a difference with their students. I appreciate their leadership in professional development and the scholarship of teaching and learning.” 

The pilot was offered through a partnership between the UT System’s Faculty Advisory Council and Office of Academic Affairs. The purpose is to improve student outcomes for each participating faculty member as well as engage faculty more intentionally in high-impact and cutting-edge pedagogies.