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UMKC's Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching (FaCET) fosters an intellectual exchange about teaching and learning for the purpose of making visible innovative approaches.

Current FaCET

The Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching (FaCET) is faculty defined and operated with a focus on promoting academic excellence by facilitating student-centered pedagogies and practices. The Center sponsors forums for the discussion, assessment, development, and documentation of teaching practices with demonstrated verifiable benefits for students. The Center is a hub for existing UMKC programs that emphasize student learning and it is a gathering place for faculty who are committed to the improvement of their own teaching as well as for faculty who are committed to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

FaCET sponsors forums for the discussion, assessment, development, and documentation of teaching practices with demonstrated verifiable benefits for students. 

This is a general statement of policy concerning the use of the conferences rooms located within FaCET for faculty meetings and events. It addresses the most frequently asked questions. If clarification or exceptions are needed, please feel free to contact a member of the FaCET Center, 235-5362.

FaCET is located in the UMKC Miller Nichols Library, Suite 225, on the north side of the second floor. To schedule the FaCET Room, email
  1. Use of the FaCET conference rooms is limited to recognized UMKC faculty or UMKC sponsored groups.
  2. Scheduling preference is given to activities which support the mission statement of FaCET. These include assessment activities, teaching seminars, FaCET presentations, and FaCET related meetings. Individuals associated with FaCET (advisory board members, Grant reviewers) will also have scheduling preference for FaCET conference rooms.
  3. Reservations should be made with the Graduate Research / Administrative Assistant at least three (3) working days prior to the event. This request, submitted electronically, should include which room is desired, the date, time, and an approximate number of people expected. Once received, a response to the request can be expected within 24 hours.
  4. Cancellations to any event should be made as far in advance as possible. This ensures that the conference room can be rescheduled.
  5. Food and drink is allowed in either conference room, either catered through University services or from outside sources. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the FaCET center. It is expected that the room will be left in the same condition it was prior to the event. Failure to do so will result in the inability to use the room in the future.
  6. The FaCET lounge is for use only by UMKC faculty members and their guests.
  7. The audio-visual equipment within the FaCET conference rooms may be used by logging on by a UMKC user. Please log off and shut down the equipment after use.
  8. Fire safety standards prohibit the use of candles or items with open flames in the FaCET center.
  9. Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the FaCET center.
  10. Because of damage to surfaces, no posters, signs, or paper may be placed on any painted wall. Easels and stands are available if needed. Please schedule these with the Graduate Research / Administrative Assistant when requesting use of the conference room.
No films or videotapes may be screened in the FaCET center unless they have a public performance license

FaCET Archives

FaCET began over a decade ago. During the ensuing years, faculty developed resources, presentations, reports. This folder organizes the FaCET archive.

The UMKC course redesign campus efforts aligned with the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) and utilized information technology to increase course delivery efficiencies (cost of instruction) and increase student achievement (improve student learning outcomes).   As part of our participation in the NCAT Redesign Alliance, UMKC faculty had ongoing support from NCAT’s expert staff and Redesign Scholars.   

The focus of course redesign initiatives were on the redesigning of entire courses, not sections of courses and required faculty to rethink how to construct their courses by taking advantage of new information technology. The advent of new technology for teaching and learning freed faculty to increase active student learning and to be more engaged in the teaching and learning process with students rather than on administrative tasks. 

NCAT course redesigns at UMKC followed learner-centered principles and emphasized shifting more responsibility for learning to the students with rigorous accountability systems, in conjunction with focused student problem solving and interactive learning.  Depending on the course content, there were six NCAT course redesign models faculty could adopt; the supplement model, the replacement model, the emporium model, the fully online model, the buffet model and the linked workshop model.  Some reasons faculty wanted to redesign a course were:  increased student demand for classes where there were limitations of facilities and/or faculty (resource challenge); high D, F, W rates; poor academic student performance in subsequent courses; course content drift between multiple sections of class offerings; a need to decrease costs of course delivery; decreased student motivation for course content; faculty members desiring to shift a portion of their work from administrative tasks to more work with students as they learn.

FaCET hosts a fall and spring conference each year for faculty and staff. The topics range from classroom practices to more general higher education topics.

Contact Us

Mailing address:
University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)
Miller Nichols Library, MNL Suite 225
800 East 51st Street
Kansas City, Missouri  64110

Phone:  816-235-5362

Location: FaCET is located in the UMKC Miller Nichols Library, Suite 225, on the north side of the second floor.

Director, Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching (FaCET)
Candace Schlein, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies
School of Education

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