The FRC is a place dedicated to promoting teaching and scholarly excellence. To that end, the Center offers teaching circles, workshops, and other various services. The Center’s principal audience is anyone who teaches at Ramapo, regardless of if they are tenured or tenure-track faculty, staff, or adjunct instructors. All are welcome!
It is the mission of the Faculty Resource Center to:
- Promote teaching excellence
- Foster faculty development, vitality, and enrichment
- Offer programs and other opportunities that support faculty as educators, scholars, and engaged community leaders and members
The idea to establish a Faculty Resource Center was crystallized in 2001 by (then) Vice President for Academic Affairs Donna Crawley. Over several years of visiting other colleges she became impressed with how much could be accomplished to advance teaching by a small staff. Dr. Crawley and Dr. Kwesi Aggrey,y (then) Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, brought the center into being by finding a physical space (E 216), furnishing it, recruiting a Director, and funding a modest budget.
The Center’s Founding Director, Dr. Philip J. McLewin, was appointed January 1, 2003. Its first public event was an open house on January 29, 2003. Forty people dropped by over a two hour period. During the first full semester (Spring 2003) fifteen workshops were held on topics such as plagiarism, dealing with student reactions after war begins, the tenure process (including “The Unexpurgated Truth”), how students learn from both psychological and biological perspectives (“Connective Issues” and “Connective Tissues”), assessing student learning, and even a hike in Harriman State Park with a park history. Workshop facilitators came from faculty in every school at the College.
Dr. Philip Mc Lewin retired in 2007. Dr. Lysandra Perez-Strumolo was then appointed as the Center’s Director and served until 2014 when she stepped down and was followed by the current Director, Dr. Nicholas Salter.
Staff and Facilities
Dr. Nicholas Salter is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the School of Social Science and Human Services. His field of study is Industrial-Organizational Psychology, which is the psychological study of human behavior and mental processes at the workplace. Within this field, he is primarily interested in studying the experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered employees at their jobs (though he has studied many topics). He also studies the scholarship of teaching and learning.
The Faculty Resource Center Advisory Board reviews, evaluates, and advises the Director regarding the formation, implementation, and effectiveness of policies and programs. Its membership consists of both pre-tenure and tenured representatives from across campus.
The Center is located in E-216. It contains a large seminar table seating about 12 people, four computer stations, a computer projector and screen, and a small but expanding library on teaching. The Center also has a microwave, mini-refridgerator, and free coffee and candy.
Dr. Nicholas Salter
The basic principle guiding all FRC services:
- Faculty Resource Center will not provide any information that could be used for evaluation of an individual in any personnel decision.
A written statement from (then) Provost Edward Cody to Founding FRC Director Professor Phil McLewin establishes the following policy:
- The Center’s Director, and any future staff, will be not be called upon by anyone in the administration to discuss individuals or to testify before grievances or other formal or informal hearings. Consultations with individuals will be confidential. No individual records will be kept of those meetings and contacts. The Director will not be part of any process involving personnel decisions. If, on occasion, there is a need to initiate contacts with others then prior permission will be obtained from the individual.