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The Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning became a reality in the fall of 2003 and is funded by an endowment established from the estate of Alvin A. and Mila Biggio. The mission of the Biggio Center is to promote professional growth and development for faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and administrative and professional staff in the knowledge, techniques, and skills related to teaching and learning. Additionally, the Center serves as a focal point for efforts to enhance the development of a campus culture that prizes evidence-based teaching, diversity, educational technology, and student centered learning.

The staff at the Biggio Center for 2005-2006 includes: Dr. James E. Groccia, Director; Ms. Amy Vaughan, Administrative Associate; Dr. Donald Mulvaney, Faculty Fellow Associate Director; Dr. Sharon Roberts, Faculty Fellow Associate Director; Dr. William Buskist, Faculty Fellow, Co-Coordinator: Auburn Forum on College Teaching and Learning; Mr. Philip Thorsen, Graduate Teaching Assistant; Mr. Ethan Trevino, Graduate Teaching Assistant; and Mr. Matthew Holliman, Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Programs and services provided by the Biggio Center during the 2005-2006 academic year include:
• The New Faculty Scholars (NFS) program to provide mentoring on teaching, research, service and outreach to junior faculty. 24 faculty members from 17 different departments are enrolled in this year-long program. Key components of NFS include course design and academic portfolio retreats, professional development seminars, and the Colleague Circles mentoring program.
• The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program to prepare the next generation of college faculty. This year’s group of eleven graduate students participates in a year-long series of seminars and visits to other colleges to gain exposure to different academic cultures and develop future professional networks.
• The Breeden Teaching Development Grants fund teaching enhancement projects across campus. Each year $30,000 is provided to faculty through a competitive competition for projects on curriculum innovation and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
• New Faculty and GTA Orientation Programs to help acclimate new instructors to Auburn. New instructors and TAs participate in 2-day programs that include information and concurrent sessions on teaching, research, and outreach.
• Individual Consultation, Classroom Observation, And Videotape Recording for teaching improvement is provided to all instructional staff upon request.
• A Professional Development Seminar Series on teaching, learning, research, and outreach topics is provided to the entire Auburn community.
• The Small Group Instructional Feedback (SGIF) service is provided to all instructional staff to facilitate student feedback on instruction at the mid-point of each semester.
• The center maintains a Website and Resource Library to disseminate teaching and learning related information.
• The Graduate Teaching Scholars Program to train and supervise GTAs providing learning assistance in selected high difficulty courses.
• TeachNet, an electronic newsletter for faculty and GTAs providing information on teaching, learning, and professional development.
• The Book Discussion Group facilitates discussion on important books on higher education. The Biggio Center provides a 50% rebate on the purchase of each book.
• The Program in Community Service (PICS) provides small grants to integrate service learning in individual courses. The Biggio Center PICS also maintains a small library on service learning.
• The first Auburn Forum on College Teaching and Learning, scheduled for Feburary 3rd & 4th, 2006. This two-day conference on teaching and learning will feature four invited speakers or workshop leaders, concurrent sessions on best practice by AU instructional staff, participant idea exchange roundtables, and a reception to honor Auburn University’s award winning teachers.
• The Teaching Enrichment Seminar is a semester long course for College of Liberal Arts co-taught by Dr. Groccia and Ms. Weibke Kuhn focusing on teaching and learning with technology.

The Biggio Center has recently moved into a renovated suite on the 4th Floor of the Library. Within this suite are six offices, a library, seminar/conference room, reception area, and kitchen/work room.