As Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Jennifer and her team help faculty to approach their teaching in new and innovative ways. After all, good teaching is very much like putting on a show!
Jennifer has come to the field of faculty development and instructional design through an unusual path. Her work as costume artist in theatre, dance and opera, gave her a range of creative skills that she applied to her teaching as an Associate Professor and online course design and production as the Manager of UF’s Center for Instructional Technology and Training. She also coordinated course production for the inaugural UF Online programs.
Jennifer K. Smith has served the University of Florida in a variety of roles including: Associate Professor, Associate Director for UF Online Course Production, Manager of the Center for Instructional Technology and Training, and most recently as the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). To support faculty during the pandemic, she and her team created UF’s #NoWallsTeaching initiative, which is designed to help instructors think creatively about their remote teaching. Under her leadership, UF’s Center for Teaching Excellence has significantly expanded faculty development opportunities through the Passport to Great Teaching program.
As part of State University System of Florida initiatives, she leads the CourseShare Advisory Committee and co-chairs the OER/eText Coordinating Committee. Jennifer also co-chairs UF’s Teaching Innovations Committee and is chair-elect of the Unizin Teaching & Learning Group. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Production from UNC-Chapel Hill.
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