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Learn from your fellow UNCG faculty and staff in FTLC Learning Communities that meet monthly for an hour. Often they meet as a convenient lunch and learn.

Join a group to talk about strategies for student advising, teaching online, working sustainability into curriculum – or join a book group to discuss how learning works. It’s a great way to meet and work with others who share your passions and interests.

At FTLC, faculty and staff learn from each other, a model that elevates the practice of transformative teaching and faculty leadership from within the university. The FTLC is for “all who teach on campus” – and teaching occurs in many ways, including advising, mentoring and peer to peer. Remember that the unofficial mission of FTLC is to build networks of people at UNCG.

FTLC Learning Communities for 2013-14 are:
Advising and Student Retention (Gail Pack, Fellow, Bryan School of Business and Economics; Dana Saunders Co-leader, Director, Students First) — This group works cross-departmentally to tease out best practices for faculty involvement with advising and retention.

Community + Entrepreneurship (Chris Thomas, Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art; Steve Moore, Co-leader, Undergraduate Studies ) — This group enters a series of discussions around the questions, “How can we as a university become more connected to the city?” and “How does the city get more connected to the university?” specifically addressing mutually beneficial partnership agreements between students and community businesses.

Collaborative Leadership Think Tank (William Plater, guest discussion leader, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Affairs, Philanthropic Studies, English, and Informatics at Indiana University, Indianapolis) “As with many other sectors of our society, new forms of leadership are emerging in higher education.” In a continuation of the Future of Learning Speaker Series earlier this year, Dr. Plater will lead discussions around the notion of deploying collaborative leadership for 21st century higher education.

Department Head Leadership (Patricia Crane, Fellow, School of Nursing) — led by a former department head, this group provides much needed support for individuals new to the role of managing a department. Anyone with best practices to share is encouraged to join.

Experiential Learning (Jessica McCall, Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Communication Studies) — will lead discussions around and coordinate the well-attended Rebecca Carver Institute in the spring.

Future Faculty Mentoring (Sarah Daynes, Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology; Sheryl Lieb, Co-leader, PhD Candidate Educational Leadership/Cultural Foundations) — Now in its second year, this group highlights the job search process, and provides support for all graduate students.

Global Engagement (Tommy Lambeth, Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Interior Architecture) — in concert with the Quality Enhancement Plan, this learning community focuses energy toward several directions including addressing outside the classroom needs of our international student population.

Book Group: “How Learning Works” by Susan Ambrose, 2010. (Leah Miklia, assistant director for Tutoring Services; Kara Baldwin, Senior Assistant Director for Academic Skills Services) — An FTLC book discussion group, this book introduces seven general principles of how students learn. Drawing from a breadth of perspectives to identify a set of key principles underlying learning, and integrating theory with real-classroom examples in practice, this book helps faculty to apply cognitive science advances to improve their own teaching.

Information Literacy (Amy Harris Houk, Fellow, University Libraries) — In partnership with the College Star grant and University Libraries, this FTLC Fellow plans to mine the FTLC groups for best practices, and develop an online model to collect those responses.

Mentoring for Non Tenure-track Faculty (Regina Pulliam, Fellow, School of Health and Human Sciences, Department of Public Health Education) — Newly formed this academic year, mentoring activities are concurrently extended to non-tenure track, academic professionals, adjunct instructors, and lecturers, following the same model as their tenure-track colleagues.

Mentoring for Tenure-track Faculty (James Benshoff, Fellow, School of Education, Counseling Department) — Beginning with New Faculty Orientation, this community continues to meet monthly, with invited guest speakers, to extend the orientation into a semester-long gathering.

Online Learning (Leigh Sink, Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science; Chris Dunst, Assistant Director Online Learning, Division of Continual Learning) —This learning community discusses do’s and don’ts of online learning, and runs events for the university community specifically geared toward best practices in teaching online. Participants from this group will also work with the Division of Continual Learning to develop a model for flipped classrooms utilizing team-based learning principles.

Sustainability (Sarah Dorsey, Fellow, University Libraries/Schiffman Music Library; Aaron Allen, Co-Leader, Director of Sustainability, Professor of Music) — Building upon what is already readily available, the FTLC helps to raise the visibility of this very important university-wide strategic initiative, connecting like minds to each other through events, workshops, and the Sustainability Film Series.

Technology Tools (Beth Filar Williams, Fellow, University Libraries/Digital Media Commons; Todd Sutton, Director of Learning Technology, Information Technology Services) —Technology’s role in teaching and learning is growing. Stay up to date with who’s doing what across the university, and participate in workshops led by individuals in the DMC, ITS and from unit ITCs across departments. Learn how to incorporate new and old tech tools into everyday teaching and living.

Grant Funding Opportunities (Valera Francis, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs; Julie Voorhees, Title III Grant Project Director, Undergraduate Studies) — Learn about the grant process from research to project management after the funding comes in, and maybe find some funding for a project in your department.

Want to be involved? Or have questions? Contact the commons at ftlc@uncg.edu

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