The Teaching Matters and Assessment Center at Rutgers Camden (TMAC) is committed to faculty development and teaching excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences. Its mission is to promote best practices in pedagogy and institutional accountability in a spirit of collegiality and innovation.
A distinct feature of our Center is a bridging of teaching and assessment as complementary practices. These practices are best realized through bottom-up, rather than top-down, models of curriculum. TMAC seeks to foster a culture in which faculty at the individual and departmental level have a strong sense of ownership of curricula, a deep pride in the quality of instruction, and a forward-looking vision.
TMAC is thus dedicated to providing opportunities for all faculty, instructors and teaching assistants to grow in their craft and to learn from one another through workshops, symposia, and peer-to-peer consultations.
TMAC is equally focused on assisting departments and programs in the tasks of articulating learning outcomes and developing meaningful measures for assessing the effectiveness of instruction.
Finally, TMAC is invested in promoting a culture of inquiry and research among both undergraduates and graduates in cooperation with other campus programs.
Why a blog?
This website is designed to respond to shifting needs and interests by providing both timely information and a permanent archive of TMAC’s activities. A blog format also allows for interactive participation by Rutgers Camden faculty and staff, who are thus encouraged contribute through posts and response.
Who We Are
The director of TMAC is William T. FitzGerald. Bill has taught rhetoric, writing and media studies in the Department of English at Rutgers Camden since 2006. In this time he has also served as interim director of the Writing Program. After completing his doctorate in English at the University of Maryland, Bill served several years as assistant director of Maryland’s Professional Writing Program and was previously a visiting assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He is the author, most recently, of Spiritual Modalities: Prayer as Rhetoric and Performance (Penn State Press, 2012), among other publications.
Tara Aiken, a masters student in English, serves as program assistant for TMAC.