Office of Support for Effective Teaching (OSET)

http://oset.unm.edu

Engaging and empowering UNM instructors to develop effective, diverse learning opportunities to enhance the success of diverse learners

Director: Dr. Gary A. Smith, Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences

Program Coordinator: Ms. Jennifer Kemper

Project Assistant: Ms. Audriana Stark

Student Assistant: Mr. Tim Dow  

OSET provides instructional-development support to main-campus faculty and teaching assistants through offerings of workshops, brown-bag discussions, course-design institutes and the annual Success in the Classroom: Sharing Practices that Work conference.  The office also provides logistical support to initiatives of the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee.

OSET workshops, institutes, and other events to support teaching and learning at UNM: http://oset.unm.edu/Events.html     Success in the Classroom: Sharing Practices that Work; annual conference by UNM teachers for UNM teachers: http://oset.unm.edu/Successintheclassroom.html UNM teaching awards information and nominations:  http://oset.unm.edu/TeachingAwards.html Teaching Allocations Grants are made available to faculty each year through funds distributed by the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee:  http://oset.unm.edu/TeachingGrants.html OSET works closely with the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee:  http://facgovapp.unm.edu/committee.php?comm=25 OSET programs are conducted in partnership with the Office of Graduate Studies, Teaching Assistant Resource Center (http://ogs.unm.edu/resources/tarc/index.html) and Graduate Resource Center (http://unmgrc.unm.edu/) OSET is a partner in the Department of Education, Title V grant, “STEM Gateway: Project for Inclusive Undergraduate STEM Success”: http://oset.unm.edu/IUSS.html Faculty-development programs in the School of Medicine are directed by Teacher and Educational Development: http://som.unm.edu/ume/ted/index.html

Director of Office of Support for Effective Teaching

Gary Smith

Gary Smith is Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences and founding Director of the Office of Support for Effective Teaching.  Smith has been at UNM since 1987 and has been with OSET since 2006.  His geoscience research has involved a variety of projects at the interface of sedimentology with volcanology, regional tectonics, and hydrology.  He also conducts research on how students learn geologic concepts, assessment of learning in the geosciences, and inquiry-based instruction.  Along with Aurora Pun, he is the author of How Does Earth Work?, an introductory college geology textbook.  Smith is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the New Mexico Geological Society.