Institutional Projects and Faculty Initiatives

The Teaching Academy

Among their efforts to support faculty professional development, the Teaching Academy offers many opportunities for faculty to improve as writers and to incorporate writing in courses they teach. In the following video, Director of the Teaching Academy Dr. Tara Gray explains in more detail the Academy's work regarding writing:

The Common Read

Each year all incoming freshmen are invited to read a book selected by NMSU faculty and staff that will be linked to learning activities both inside and outside of the classroom. The Common Read creates a shared experience between students, faculty and staff and allows the exchange of ideas to expand beyond the classroom.To suggest books, please visit the Common Read webpage. In the following video, Dr. Mariam Chaiken, Dean of the Honor College provides more detail:

Teaching Idea:  Socratic Note-Taking

To encourage students to read more critically and better comprehend the textbook for his Philosophy class, Dr. Mark Walker uses a Socratic note-taking approach. For more information see the Pedagogy section at the bottom of Dr. Walker's faculty page. In the following video Dr. Walker provides more detail about this approach.

Dr. Walker's Webpage

Join The Conversation

What are your teaching practices for improving students reading and writing? Have you tried a method or technique that worked with your students? Would you like to share your experiences other faculty members? Submit any written ideas or ask for a filmed interview by contacting Kefaya Diab at

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