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Through its Teaching Innovations Office, UNCG’s University Teaching & Learning Commons offers innovative programming and professional development resources and spaces aimed at encouraging our faculty community to explore, develop, and share ideas about teaching that foster innovative environments in which all learners can succeed.

Some highlights for the semester are the following:

Coffeehouses, Faculty Center, 9-10 a.m.

Every other Wednesday starting  August 24 , 2016

Every other Thursday starting September 1, 2016

The UTLC:TIO Coffeehouses are open to all faculty and are offered weekly in a rotating Wednesday/Thursday schedule. Coffeehouses are meant to bring faculty members together for a quick cross-campus conversation. No specific topic is identified.  No sign-up required.


Faculty Development

Integration of Research into the Curriculum 1 – Value of Undergraduate Research

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – 1-2 p.m., Faculty Center

This workshop will provide general background information about the High Impact Practice of undergraduate research, and its benefits to students and faculty.  The focus will be on cultivating research-ready juniors and seniors through the intentional integration of research skills development into the curriculum.  The program will provide an introduction to other workshops in the series, including lower and intermediate course modifications to include research, scaffolding research through the curriculum, and assessment.  Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu


TIO Workshop Series (Sign up details to follow)

September 13, 2016, Teaching Large Courses, Faculty Center, 10- 11 a.m.

September 22, 2016, Developing Integrated Courses, Faculty Center, 10 – 11 am

October 4, 2016 Teaching Large Courses,  Faculty Center, 10 – 11 am

October 22, 2016, Developing Integrated Courses, Faculty Center, 10 – 11 am


Dialogues on Undergraduate Research – Mentoring Undergraduate Research

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 –  1-3 p.m., Faculty Center

This workshop will focus on the basics of research at the undergraduate level from the faculty perspective. We will discuss student and faculty benefits and expectations, as well as tips for engaging students in meaningful scholarly experiences.  Designed for all faculty interested in mentoring undergraduates. Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu


Integration of Research into the Curriculum 2 – Integrating Research Skills into Lower Level and Intermediate Classes

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, Noon – 2:00pm, Faculty Center

This workshop will emphasize the need to expand our understanding of undergraduate research and breaking it down into fundamental elements of research skills development (RSD). The discussion will include RSD within General Education and other beginning/intermediate courses.  Participants will take away ideas for integrating RSD, as well as have an opportunity to share successes and challenges faced. Arrive late or leave early if needed.  Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu


Brown Bag Lunches

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, Faculty Mentoring, Tenured/Mid-Career Faculty, The UTLC Brown Bag Lunches are opportunities for faculty members to gather around key topics of discussion. Faculty should bring their lunch, the UTLC will provide snacks and beverages.

Faculty Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 20, 2016, Faculty Mentoring, Tenure-Track Faculty, Faculty Center, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 pm..

Friday, November 18, 2016, Faculty Mentoring, Non-Tenure Track Faculty, Faculty Center, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 pm

No signup required.


RCO Faculty Fellowships for Innovative Course Redesign

October 15  – December 15, 2016, application open for RCO Faculty Fellowships for 2017-18

The Residential Colleges Office (RCO) offers RCO Faculty Fellowships, which provide compensation and development opportunities for faculty interested in innovative course redesign, teaching, and professional development service appointments with the RCO in the UTLC. These year-long fellowships focus on the innovative redesign of courses in the General Education Core (GEC) curriculum and the opportunity to pilot these courses with highly motivated students who are immersed in unique Residential College environments that integrate academic pursuits with residential life. Selected RCO Faculty Fellows will be supported to attend the 2017 Summer Teaching Institute at UNCG, will be given a stipend for course redesign and professional development service, and will be provided with financial support to the RCO Faculty Fellows’ academic departments for faculty release to pilot the innovatively redesigned courses within the Residential Colleges. Full-time UNCG faculty members (non-tenure track and tenure track) are eligible to apply. See http://utlc.uncg.edu/residentialcolleges/faculty/faculty-fellows for more information and to apply.


Integration of Research into the Curriculum 3 – Curricular Mapping

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 –  Noon-3:00, Faculty Center

Integrating research assignments in the curriculum gives all students access to the benefits and rewards of conducting scholarly work. Disciplinarily appropriate, inquiry-driven assignments can be “scaffolded” throughout the curriculum, intentionally building students’ research skills, including creative and critical thinking, analysis, and oral and written communication. This workshop provides practical ideas for creating scaffolded, inquiry-based assignments and research-rich courses across the curriculum—with appropriate supports in lower-division courses and intentional advancement of skills in the transition to upper-division work, ultimately leading to more independent scholarship in the last year of undergraduate study.  Conducted by Dr. Jenny Shanahan, Bridgewater State University. Light lunch provided.  Arrive late or leave early if needed. Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu


Integration of Research into the Curriculum 4 – Assessment of Undergraduate Research

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – 1-3 p.m., Faculty Center

The final workshop of the series will focus on Assessment Practices for Classes, Courses, and Programs on a departmental/programmatic level and in individual classes. The workshop will explore what it means to assess a program; how to model program assessment; how individual course outcomes connect with the program; how to identify outcomes and assessment within a course; and how curriculum mapping can offer structure for this process.  Conducted by Dr. Jodi Pettazzoni, Office of Assessment and Accreditation.  Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu


Teaching Students How to Learn – A Day with Sandra McQuire

Friday, December 2, 2016, All Day Event

This day institute features key work in the area of Intentional Learning and Metacognition. Dr. Sandra McQuire will be sharing pedagogical practices for teaching our students how to be critical learners.  Sign up and location details to follow.
For more information, contact Dr. David Teachout at djteacho@uncg.edu or Laura Pipe at lmpipe@uncg.edu.

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