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Faculty Academies

There are three subjects of focus for faculty academies:  grants, high-impact practices, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.  Each year these evolve, and new materials are incorporated to reflect current research and best practices. 

You can apply to participate in more than one in a year. Co-researchers and writers are invited to apply, indicating they are part of a team. The academies will involve a combination of workshops, online exchanges in D2L, and day-long retreats to explore topics in depth. 

CTLL Faculty Academy on High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs)

The fourth Faculty Academy on High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs) will be offered in 2016-2017. Participants will deepen their knowledge about research-based educational experiences through a study of high-impact educational practices. The Academy offers a methodical approach to re-visioning courses and assignments in order to implement or redesign educational experiences. Faculty will design a high-impact project to be implemented in one course after the Academy's completion.

For an overview and list of high-impact practices (HIPs), see the Association of American Colleges and Universities site on High-Impact Educational Practices. We will offer enhanced focus on three practices with specialists leading each community of practice:

  1. Diversity/Global Learning (Dr. Kelly McFaden and Dr. Carly Womack-Wynne)
  2. Service-Learning (Dr. Drew Pearl)
  3. Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (Dr. Anastasia Lin and Dr. Bryan Dawson)

HIP participants will

  • Gain community and support for implementing and/or refining high-impact practices (HIPs) through workshops and peer sharing
  • Examine and discuss the theoretical and applied features of particular high-impact practices
  • Participate in workshops, retreats, roundtables, and mentoring for deep learning on chosen high-impact practices and implementation of a HIP project
  • Leverage the approaches of integrated course design to re-vision learning outcomes and the practices used to achieve these
  • Design a project to be implemented after the Academy's completion

Application

Please submit the Faculty Academies online application: upload curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement of interest. The High-Impact academy is limited to full-time faculty and teaching staff.

In the statement of interest, explain why you want to join this academy. Please explain your level of training and experience in High-Impact Practices. Applicants without a background in High-Impact Practices are encouraged to apply. Please indicate which High-Impact Practice (Diversity/Global Learning, Service-Learning, or Undergraduate Research) on which you plan to focus. Then, propose one idea for a course assignment(s) you may want to develop during the Academy; you can also propose a redesign of something you already do. Also, in what course might you implement this HIP project?  Explain also how you would expect this Academy to support your professional goals and contribute to knowledge in your department, college, and/or discipline.

The Steering Committee will review faculty applications and select a cohort. Apply for the Faculty Academies.

Application ProcessDate
Application for Faculty Academies available August 24, 2016
Application deadline September 7, 2016
Notifications about Selection September 16, 2016

Calendar

DateTopicLocation
Friday, September 23, 2016
11 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Retreat and Kickoff Celebration GVL Nesbitt 5171
October Formulating Learning Outcomes for HIPs Face-to-face teleconference small group meetings for each High-Impact Practices
November Essential Readings and Resources for Teaching Face-to-face teleconference small group meetings for each High-Impact Practices
January Writing Assignments and Developing Scaffolding for Projects Face-to-face teleconference small group meetings for each High-Impact Practices
February Crucial Issues to Consider for Projects in this Field Face-to-face teleconference small group meetings for each High-Impact Practices
March Finalizing Project Planning and Presentation at Retreat Face-to-face teleconference small group meetings for each High-Impact Practices
Friday, April 28, 2017
12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Celebration Retreat of High-Impact Practices and Project Design GVL Nesbitt 3110

Academy Leadership

  • Dr. Mary Carney
  • Dr. Bryan Dawson
  • Dr. Kelly McFaden
  • Dr. Anastasia Lin
  • Dr. Andrew (Drew) Pearl
  • Dr. Carly Womack-Wynne

 

CTLL Faculty Academy on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

The SoTL Academy is open to full-time faculty and teaching staff. The academy will facilitate faculty members’ exploration of current scholarship, develop an awareness of trends, anticipate obstacles, choose the best methods to create an engaging experience for students, and build on the foundation fashioned by other knowledgeable practitioners. The SoTL Academy will foster a common cultural dialogue of research-based teaching practices across campuses and academic fields. The SoTL Academy objective is to work together to cultivate research questions and methodologies. Faculty will develop quantitative and qualitative data to analyze pedagogical practices, leading to a better understanding of how to impact student success and well-being. The assessment component of the new Faculty Academy, combined with SoTL’s implicit emphasis on sharing results, will support a growing faculty dialogue about scholarly teaching and student engagement. The academy will provide the University of North Georgia (UNG) faculty and teaching staff an opportunity for ongoing professional development and a growing community of fellow practitioners of SoTL, ultimately fostering excellence in research, teaching, and learning.

Application

In the statement of interest, explain why you want to join this academy community and engage in a structured approach to learning about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Please describe a research question that you wish to pursue and the course(s) which this research will be performed. Please explain your level of training and experience in SoTL. Applicants without a background in SoTL are encouraged to apply. Please include a description of a research topic/question you would like to develop/investigate over the course of this academy. If you have a theoretical framework, please share this. Explain also how you would expect this academy to support your professional goals and contribute to knowledge in your department, college, and/or discipline.

The Steering Committee will review faculty applications and select a cohort. Applicants will submit a CV highlighting their research and teaching history, a teaching philosophy statement, and a statement of interest including specific research topic(s) for a SoTL project. Apply for SoTL Academy.

Application ProcessDate
Application available August 24, 2016
Application deadline September 7, 2016
Notification September 16, 2016

SoTL Faculty Academy Calendar

DateTopicPlace
Saturday, October 1, 2016
10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Retreat and Kickoff Celebration: Introduction to SoTL DAH Barnes 216
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
12 - 1 p.m.

Refining Research Questions and Library Research for Identifying SoTL in Your Discipline
UNG SoTL Librarian: Rebecca Rose

CMG 262
DAH Hansford 312
GVL Dunlap-Mathis 137
OCN 564
(No video-teleconference in Blue Ridge available)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
12 - 1 p.m.
Generate the Research Idea
Preparing for Submitting Your IRB (Institutional Review Board)
Doing CITI Training

CMG 246
DAH HNS 402
GVL Dunlap-Mathis 137
OCN 581
(No video-teleconference in Blue Ridge available)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
12 - 1 p.m.
Designing and Collecting Quantitative Data for Teaching and Learning with
Brad Bailey, SoTL Mentor

CMG 262
DAH Hansford 312
GVL Dunlap-Mathis 137
OCN 564
(No video-teleconference in Blue Ridge available)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
12 - 1 p.m.
Analyzing Data for Teaching and Learning Research with
Ramjee Sharma, SoTL Mentor

CMG 246
DAH HNS 402
GVL Dunlap-Mathis 137
OCN Admin. 108
(No video-teleconference in Blue Ridge available)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
12 - 1 p.m.

Designing and Collecting Qualitative and Mixed Methods Data for Teaching and Learning
Becky Johnston, CTLL Assistant Director

CMG 246
DAH HNS 402
GVL Dunlap-Mathis 137
OCN 581
(No video-teleconference in Blue Ridge available)

Friday, April 28, 2017
12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Retreat: Preparing for External Dissemination and Celebration of HIP Academies GVL Nesbitt 3110

SoTL Faculty Academy Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Attend workshops, retreats, roundtables, and mentoring for deep learning on SoTL, implementation of a SoTL project, and dissemination of findings
  2. Interact with SoTL scholars
  3. Explore current scholarship and cultivate an awareness of latest developments in the field
  4. Become familiar with common design practices
  5. Choose an appropriate pedagogical practice to measure for course outcomes
  6. Disseminate design and results in professional circles

SoTL Faculty Academy Leadership

  • Directors: Dr. Mary Carney and Dr. Laura Ng
  • Mentors: Dr. Brad Bailey and Dr. Ramjee Sharma

Drs. Carney and Ng wish to express their thanks for the Presidential Innovation Award that partially funded the pilot of this academy in 2014.

UNG Grants Academy

Grants & Contracts Administration has offered three Grants Academies and will do so again in 2017. Please check back for more information. 

Assistance will be provided in identifying targeted funding sources. While faculty members will be responsible for completing their concept paper/proposal, support and feedback will be provided by peers and professional staff. The Grants Academy will result in a competitive concept paper or full proposal to support faculty participants’ projects.

The Grants Academy will accept twenty or fewer full-time (tenure track) faculty members. We are looking for participants with a range of grants experience. Prior grant experience is not a pre-requisite, nor does it exclude you from participation. 

What's in it for you?

  • Develop your expertise in grant writing
  • Get specific feedback from grant-funded peers and professional staff
  • Take concrete steps to obtain funding for your project(s)
  • In some departments, grant submissions have been considered toward professional development credit

Specific Deliverables

  • Identification of targeted funding sources
  • Assistance in contacting program officers and foundation staff
  • A competitive concept paper or grant proposal that is ready to submit

The Grants Academy might be a good fit, if you:

  • Have a specific project idea, but haven’t yet completed a concept paper or grant proposal
  • Have worked on a grant proposal that wasn't submitted or wasn't funded, and you’re interested in revising and resubmitting it
  • Have applied for internal funding, and are also interested in seeking external funds to support your project
  • Want accountability, feedback, and support in the grant writing process

Timeline

Date
Application available February 1, 2016
Application deadline April 1, 2016
Notification April 15, 2016
Grants Academy begins May 2016 (2nd week)
Grants Academy ends May 2016 (3rd week)

Format

The University of North Georgia (UNG) Grants Academy is a four-day intensive workshop that covers all required sections of a typical grant proposal and provides the opportunity to draft each part of the proposal after learning proven strategies for making it successful. This is similar to expensive multiple-day courses offered by professional training companies, but it is free and it is specifically tailored to UNG. Speakers from offices that support grant efforts and panel discussions by peers who have been successful in winning grants are interspersed with interactive learning activities and practice.

Expectations

Participants are expected to:

  • Attend all four days of the academy
  • Submit an approved project idea
  • Identify at least one potential funding source (with help from grants staff)
  • Give and receive feedback on concept papers and proposals
  • Work independently on a specific proposal during the Grants Academy
  • Submit the proposal, when ready, to at least one funding source

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