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.
Following Dr. Philip Mc Lewin’s retirement in 2007, Dr. Lysandra Perez-Strumolo served as Director from 2007 to 2014. Dr. Nicholas Salter was then appointed as the Center’s Director from 2014 to 2019. The current Director is Dr. Tammi Redd.
Staff and Facilities
Dr. Tammi Redd is an Associate Professor of Management in the Anisfield School of Business. Her field of study is Strategic Management, which is the continuous planning, monitoring, analysis and assessment of all that is necessary for an organization to meet its goals and objectives. Within this field, she is primarily interested in studying resource acquisition and entrepreneurial strategies. She is an active member of the Management and Organizational Teaching Society, an organization dedicated to teaching and learning excellence in the field of Management.
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-refrigerator, and free coffee and candy.
The basic principle guiding all FRC services:
- Faculty Resource Center will not provide any information that could be used for the 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.