This Center for Teaching Excellence Saturday workshop was held on January 26, 2019, HSS 114, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., presented by Fai Howard, assistant
dean at the University of South Florida.
Howard presented this hands-on faculty professional development
workshop to increase knowledge about the academic advising process and
the significance of advising in the lives of students during their
academic journey to graduation. A focus on external
factors of advising, as well as the role of faculty in the advising
process, will be discussed. Self-reflection and self-assessment was also
explored and applied. Techniques to assist faculty with promoting a
shared advising culture, based on
recommended practices and models, among colleagues and departments
Howard received her BA in sociology from Montclair State University.
She earned an MS in sociology and a PhD in public policy and
administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Howard joined the
University of South Florida as the assistant dean
for Upper Level Initiatives in fall 2017. Before joining USF, she
held the position of assistant vice president for Academic Success and
Student Retention at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Her professional experience over the last 15 years, which also
includes employment with Virginia Commonwealth University and J.
Sargeant Reynolds Community College, have provided her with
comprehensive understanding and success in the areas of student
progression, student-centric structural reorganization, and
strategic planning to meet institutional goals and, above all, support
students. She is a proud first-generation college graduate who had a
positive transformative undergraduate experience,
which has influenced her approach to student success. Her speaking
engagements and professional development sessions have provided faculty
and staff with the tools and insight to tackle large-scale issues by
focusing on the role of the individual.
Howard’s personal approach to student support is holistic. She
purposefully seeks to understand the whole student, especially
underrepresented and marginalized populations (both visible and
non-visible) in order to guide their academic and personal goals
pre and post-graduation. Howard has conducted over 100
presentations, workshops, small group meetings, and speaking engagements
discussing how to tackle and/or improve the experiences and timely
graduation of students pursing a post-secondary education.