Teaching Circle (TC)
Based on the concept of Teaching Circle (TC) as it was first implemented by Appalachian State University, UNG’s Teaching Circles provide an opportunity for informal but productive conversations among colleagues interested in exploring topics related to academic excellence. These Circles are designed to build collegiality and focus attention on strategies for promoting student engagement and success.
CTLL provides mini-grants to selected groups of faculty and teaching staff who want to form a Teaching Circle on a particular topic of their choosing. Teaching Circles organize themselves and apply for the competitive mini-grant.
Circle members choose to 1) reflect on current practices, 2) share existing strategies which have proven to be effective, and/or 3) discuss and generate new strategies. The important thing is that faculty and staff members talk, exchange ideas, and work together to design and refine institutional practices that support effective teaching and the success of our students. For example, a group of faculty and/or staff might meet to discuss how to use technology to improve advising processes. Another group of faculty members and professional staff might discuss strategies for engaging students in our intellectual community. Any topic, as long as it is related to promoting best practices in teaching and learning and student success, will be considered for funding.
Ideally, Circles will consist of at least six and no more than twelve people interested in a particular issue. Preferably, members should include individuals from at least two departments/units and preference will be given to Circles whose membership includes individuals from multiple areas. If appropriate, a member of the local community may serve as a Circle member. Each circle will designate one individual to serve as the “leader” of the group. This person will submit a 2-5 page written report on or before May 1st summarizing the Circle's work and its contributions to UNG's mission of academic excellence. Digital photographs of the circle's meetings are also encouraged.
Support up to $250 will be provided, as funds allow each year. Participants can purchase books or other relevant materials. A portion of the funds may also be used to hold meetings at coffee shops or over lunch.
To apply to be selected as one of four groups funded, please fill out this online form [login required] that asks for the following information:
- Name of Teaching Circle
- Leaders of Teaching Circle and his/her primary campus
- List of Teaching Circle members and their College(s)
- Proposed outline of activities for the academic year
- List of readings or relevant materials to be used
- Explanation of how Circle may further UNG's mission and/or strategic plan
The Professional Development Committee and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership will oversee the selection process.
The deadline for sending in your application is the second Monday of October at 5 p.m. Applications after this deadline will be accepted if funds allow.
All original receipts must be submitted to the CTLL office by May 1st. Be sure to keep a copy for your own records.