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CTLL event goes beyond basics of teaching

The University of North Georgia's Center for Teaching, Learning and Leadership (CTLL) is hosting a guest speaker Friday, Oct. 10 on the Gainesville Campus who is regarded as one of the most important voices in the international scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) movement.

"Beyond Best Practices: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 2.0" features guest lecturer Dr. Nancy Chick, assistant director of the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University and a faculty member in the university's English department. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Nesbitt Building on UNG's Gainesville Campus; a light lunch will be provided and registration is requested via the CTLL website.

The lecture will introduce participants to the fundamentals and some higher-order issues in the scholarship of teaching and learning, including the varied approaches, designs, and methods, as well as the roles of qualitative research, models of collaboration, and markers of quality.

The lecture is a key event in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Academy created by CTLL through a UNG Presidential Academic Innovation Award granted last year to Laura Ng, an assistant professor of English, and Mary Carney, CTLL director.

"In this fall's annual convocation speech, UNG President Bonita Jacobs drew our attention to Ernest Boyer's paradigm of research activities and named the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) as integral to the UNG scholarly activity and one of the 'driving values for higher education,'" Carney said. "UNG is proud to host Dr. Nancy Chick, whose interactive lecture will be valuable to potential and practicing scholars of teaching and learning who seek to understand the field and its innovations. Chick is a leader in integrating 'signature pedagogies' of disciplinary research into the interdisciplinary work of the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Chick is founding co-editor of Teaching & Learning Inquiry, the journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), and co-editor of and author in two books on signature pedagogies. She has published a variety of SoTL articles in other books and peer-reviewed journals and served on the ISSOTL Board of Directors from 2005 until 2012.

She presented the opening keynote address at the SoTL Commons Conference in 2014, "Discussions of Quality in SoTL." She has also given keynote addresses for annual meetings of Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of British Columbia and the University of Wisconsin System Faculty College.

CTLL supports UNG's commitment to academic excellence in a student-focused environment through various programs and outreach. CTLL programs enhance teaching excellence, instructional innovation, the scholarship of teaching and learning, effective academic leadership, and enriched educational environments through such opportunities as service-learning. CTLL encourages, recognizes, and rewards demonstrated excellence in teaching.

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