According to AAC&U, critical thinking is a comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. Solutions to the problems in today’s society require a different form of thinking than in years past, and employers demand that students engage in thinking that is more complex, more adaptable, and more sensitive to opposing points of view.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is committed to training its students to delve deeper than surface-level thinking. With this in mind, the College periodically offers a year-long Critical Thinking Academy to interested faculty. These faculty participate in a series of activities and events, developing and implementing strategies to instill critical thinking in our students. Successful participants are recognized as a Critical Thinking Fellow in the annual College awards ceremony, and become eligible to receive a professional development stipend of $1,000 funded via the Neuhaus-Shepardson Faculty Development Grant*.
- Submit an application to participate in the Academy
- Attend three workshops during the Spring semester
- Develop learning outcomes and activities related to critical thinking for your Fall course
- Finalize your implementation plan for incorporating critical thinking in your classroom
- Implement your concept plan and measure student attainment of learning outcomes
- Attend concluding session with the Critical Thinking Academy cohort in order to share best practices and discuss course implementation
- Be recognized as a Critical Thinking Fellow by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
How to Apply
Currently there is no information on the next iteration of our Critical Thinking Academy. However, an application will be made available here when one is scheduled.
*The Academy welcomes any faculty member in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. However, only faculty members who have an ad-loc in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are eligible for the professional development stipend described above.
The slides linked below were presented during a Critical Thinking Workshop at the 2015 Texas A&M AgriLife Conference, and the video below was a presentation by Dr. Nicole Stedman hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as part of our Critical Thinking Academy activities during 2015:
- How Critical is Critical Thinking
- Teaching Critical Thinking
- Measuring Critical Thinking Student Learning Outcomes
For More Information
Please contact Ms. Jenna Kurten (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Kim Dooley (email@example.com) for more information about the program application or commitment.