New Grant-Funded Position Advances Outreach to Faculty and Students
by Margie Rine
The Ransom Center has created the new position of Instructional Service Coordinator to provide comprehensive service to university departments and faculty who are using the Center for undergraduate and graduate teaching.
The position, which begins this fall, is possible thanks to a generous grant from the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation. Additional funding was provided by the College of Liberal Arts and the Office of Research at The University of Texas at Austin.
The Ransom Center has three classrooms and hosts about 450 classes with more than 4,500 students each year, making it one of the most active university special collections engaging with students and their professors.
The instructional service coordinator will be the faculty's primary point of contact, dedicated to coordinating teaching activities. With this position the Center will ensure that faculty and students enjoy a creative and consistent experience.
The new coordinator will work with faculty to develop content for individual classes as well as curriculum for entire courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Familiarizing students with proper research and handling practices, and supporting the use of innovative educational technology and a suite of webpages that facilitates instructional use of the Center are two upcoming improvements.
The Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation is a long-time supporter of the Ransom Center. Among the many initiatives it has supported are grants for undergraduate interns, fellowships, and the renovation of the Charles N. Prothro Theater.