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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. 

High-Impact Educational Practices

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

UNG Faculty are invited to apply for the fifth Faculty Academy on High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs). For a description of high-impact practices (HIPs), see the Association of American Colleges and Universities site on High-Impact Educational Practices. Overall, faculty will deepen their knowledge about research-based educational experiences. A selective cohort of 8-12 will be chosen. Upon successful completion, faculty members will receive a certificate marking this accomplishment. Apply Now.

Purpose

Skills

The purpose of this academy is to help faculty refine skills that are essential to their own and their students’ success in the classroom:

  • Design (or redesign) a service-learning or undergraduate research assignment that uses selected quality dimensions
  • Apply educational taxonomies to be intentional about student learning outcomes
  • Articulate your assignment’s purpose, tasks, and criteria

Knowledge

This faculty academy will help you become familiar with the following important content knowledge:

  • Evidence-based teaching practices
  • Methods for revising assignments for clarity
  • Strategies to create new or revised high-impact practice projects
  • Deeper understanding of practices and theories underpinning either service-learning or undergraduate research

Tasks

Participants will:

  • Participate in a year-long community of practice, which meets via workshops, retreats, and coaching sessions
  • Learn to practice transparent assignment design
  • Study the theoretical and practical aspects of high-impact practices
  • Choose one practice (service-learning or undergraduate research) for deeper study
  • Design a course assignment based on a high-impact educational practice for inclusion and implementation in one of their courses after the Academy's completion
  • Incorporate several high-impact practices quality dimensions in a course assignment
  • Consider how project design addresses specific contexts of equity in education

Criteria

Participants will create an assignment (or group of assignments) that have the following characteristics:

  • Uses the Transparent Assignment Template
  • Incorporates evidence-based teaching practices, specifically service-learning or undergraduate research
  • Applies several High-Impact Practices Quality Dimensions
  • Demonstrates attention to the specific contexts of equity at UNG

Participants will also:

  • Give an oral presentation and a copy of the completed assignment(s) to the HIP Academy members
  • Incorporate peer feedback in revised assignment and submit via eLearning a copy of the completed assignment

Academy Logistics

If chosen as one of the 8-12 participants, faculty members will attend a kick-off retreat on one of the three campuses: Dahlonega, Gainesville, or Oconee. Following this, participants will meet on their campuses or via video conferences to discuss readings and develop expertise in assignment design and in either service-learning or undergraduate research. Faculty members will commit to attending a kickoff retreat, three video conferences, and three coaching sessions during the academic year. See calendar below.

Dr. Mary Carney, Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, will lead the Academy and provide workshops on high-impact educational practices and strategic design principles for course assignments. In addition, faculty will participate in the community of practice. Each topic area has a specialist who will offer theoretical and practical insights into the practice:

1. Service-Learning (Coach: Dr. Drew Pearl)
2. Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (Coaches: Dr. Anastasia Lin and Dr. Bryan Dawson)

This Academy is a collaborative faculty development program from the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, and the Office of Academic Engagement.

Upon successful completion, faculty members will receive a certificate marking this accomplishment.

Application

Please submit the Faculty Academies online application:

  • 1. Curriculum Vitae
  • 2. Statement of interest with the following ideas addressed:
    • a. Why do you want to join this academy? Explain how you would expect this Academy to support your professional goals.
    • b. Identify which High-Impact Practice (Service-Learning or Undergraduate Research) you will choose to study.
  • 3. Project Idea: Write one paragraph that indicates if you have a course assignment(s) you may want to re-design or if you want to design a new assignment during the Academy. In what course might you implement this HIP project assignment? Why do you think your students might benefit from a designed or re-designed project?

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

Application ProcessDate
Application for Faculty Academies available Third Friday of July
Application deadline Last Friday of August
Notifications about Selection Second Friday of September

Calendar

DateTopicMeeting Mode

Dahlonega faculty attend on September 29, 2017, 12-3 p.m. in Downtown Office Building 228

Gainesville faculty attend on October 13, 2017, 12 – 3 p.m. in Dunlap-Mathis 137

Oconee faculty attend on October 20, 2017, 12-3 p.m. in Room 564

Retreat and Kickoff Celebration
  • High-Impact Educational Practices: Ensuring Quality
  • Projects and Aspirations
  • Introduction to Assignment Design for Undergraduate Research and Service-Learning
Face-to-face
October/November Skills and Knowledge: Using VALUE Rubrics and Taxonomies for Design Videoconference
October or November, dates to be chosen by participants
Coaching Session: Sharing Project Ideas and Planning Face-to-face and small group meetings for Service-Learning and Undergraduate Research
November Criteria for Success in Undergraduate Research and Service-Learning Videoconference
December, dates to be chosen by participants Coaching Session: Teaching Contexts, Essential Readings, and Resources for Service-Learning and Undergraduate Research Face-to-face and small group meetings for Service-Learning and Undergraduate Research
January Assessment of Student Progress in Service-Learning and Undergraduate Research Videoconference
February Celebration Retreat of High-Impact Practices and Project Design Videoconference
March, dates to be chosen by participants Coaching Session: Finalizing Project Planning and Presentation at Retreat Face-to-face and small group meetings for Service-Learning and Undergraduate Research
April, date to be determined Academies Retreat: Celebration and Sharing of High-Impact Practices and Project Design To be announced
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

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.

Write Now Academy

The Write Now Academy will offer participants a shared community in which to cultivate, draft, and submit an academic article. Through monthly in-person meetings and weekly digital updates, participants will work through Wendy Belcher's Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks to structure their academic writing and publishing. In-person meetings will be held on the Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee campus. Faculty and academic staff from all campuses are welcome to attend on any of these three locations. Apply Now.

Write Now Academy Participants will

  • Gain community and support for developing, drafting, and submitting an academic article.
  • Attend monthly in-person meetings to discuss progress and offer support to group members
  • Develop a clearly articulated writing plan
  • Research and identify potential publication outlets
  • Structure an effective literature review
  • Revise for sentence-level clarity with the Belcher diagnostic method
  • Learn how to respond to editorial feedback

Co-Directors: Drs. Michael Rifenburg and Chris Barnes

Under the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership and Write@UNG initiative led by Dr. Rifenburg, the Write Now Academy offers participants a shared community in which to cultivate, draft, and submit an academic article. Once a month, participants will meet in-person to discuss their progress, support other participants, and troubleshoot the challenges of academic writing and argument. When not meeting in-person, participants will use a shared Google document to offer support and build a sense of community. At the end of the twelve weeks, participants are encouraged to submit their academic article for publication. In order to successfully complete the academy, you will finalize your revision and by the end of the following semester provide evidence that you have submitted it to an appropriate venue.

Application

Please submit the Write Now Academy online application:

  1. A statement of interest that includes why you think this academy will benefit your scholarly productivity. In statement of purpose, please briefly describe the article you plan to workshop.
  2. Curriculum vitae

The Steering Committee will review faculty applications and select a cohort for each campus.

Application ProcessDate
Application available Last Friday of June
Application deadline Last Friday of August
Notification Second Friday of September
DateDahlonegaGainesvilleOconee
September 13, 2017 Nesbitt 3202
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
CLS 308
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
September 15, 2017 Barnes 216
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
October 9, 2017 Barnes 216
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
October 11, 2017 Nesbitt 3202
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
CLS 308
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
November 8, 2017 Nesbitt 3202
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
CLS 308
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
November 13, 2017 Barnes 216
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

For questions, please email Michael Rifenburg at michael.rifenburg@ung.edu

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