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Best Teaching Practices


The Faculty Fellows at Tarleton strive to provide campus faculty and staff with all of the tools they need for teaching and enriching the lives of students in their respective departments and colleges. The following are research-based teaching practices by exemplary teachers per college at Tarleton State University. The Faculty Fellows wanted to provide faculty a resource that highlighted effective teaching practices at our university.

College of Health Sciences & Human Services

Dr. Jones

Dr. Nathalie Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department. Her research interests include healthy aging, healthy relationships & the scholarship of teaching and learning with technology in social work education. Dr. Jones is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She is also a member of the Tarrant County Disproportionality & Disparities committee and the founder of Working Women United, Inc. Dr. Jones was in Cohort I of the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning group as well as selected by the Dean of COLFA to serve in the Engaged Scholars Academy at Tarleton State University. Dr. Jones enjoys teaching and observing her students successfully engage in social work experiences and activities. Read Dr. Jones’ research-based teaching practices.

College of Business Administration

Dr. Watson

Dr. Derrill Watson specializes in teaching Economics and is the Faculty Fellow representative for COBA. Dr. Watson thrives on keeping students engaged as they are learning in a classroom setting and is passionate about sharing the knowledge he has gained in this area with other faculty members. Read Dr. Watson’s research-based teaching practices and discover his methods for keeping students interested and engaged in learning. Dr. Watson has taught in Nigeria, South Africa, Russia, and Germany, and these experiences have provided him many strategies to engage diverse learning communities.

College of Liberal & Fine Arts

Dr. gearhart

Christopher Gearhart (Ph.D.), Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, Faculty Fellow representative for COLFA, and teaches in the area of Professional and Relational Communication. His research has led to 20 published articles and book chapters on a variety of topics including listening, sports, and teaching methods. In 2016, Christopher was awarded the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for Tarleton State University. He shares three wonderful sons Christian, Luke, and Asher with his wife, Kimberly. Read Dr. Gearhart’s research-based teaching practices.