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Chancellor’s Learning Scholars

The University of North Georgia is participating in the Chancellor’s Learning Scholars program initiated by the University System of Georgia to provide additional faculty development opportunities across the state. Four faculty from UNG were chosen as Chancellor’s Learning Scholars (CLS) and will lead a Faculty Learning Communities (FLC). These groups will share ideas regarding teaching and learning and meet regularly for at least one semester. When the program concludes, participants will be able to pinpoint a change or innovation they have made in their classrooms as a result of their participation.

2018-2019 Chancellor’s Learning Scholars (Leader of Faculty Learning Community)

Name Department/College
Ellen Best Accounting and Law; Mike Cottrell College of Business
Dan Cabaniss Communication, Media & Journalism; College of Arts and Letters
Tom Cooper Mathematics; College of Science and Mathematics
Lauren Johnson Teacher Education; College of Education

Each scholar will lead an FLC in spring 2019 and in the 2019-2020 academic year. Additional scholars will be selected in 2019-2020 to expand the opportunities across UNG campuses and faculties.

To apply to be a part of an FLC, see the topics and day/time parameters below. The deadline for applications is Monday, December 17, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be on or before January 11, 2019.

If these opportunities below do not fit in your schedule or location, please know that this program will be offered again in 2019-2020 with new sites, times, and topics.

Chancellor’s Learning Scholar Topic Meeting Location Meeting Day Meeting Time Application Link
Ellen Best
Accounting and Law; Mike Cottrell College of Business
Exploration of Course Design, Inclusive Pedagogies, Mindset, Small Teaching (class activities).  Focus will be on implementation to support the business student/classroom. Contact Best for details. Dahlonega Tuesday or Thursday, dates decided by participants 1 hour midday meeting, specific time to be decided by participants  Apply to participate in Best’s FLC
Dan Cabaniss
Communication, Media & Journalism; College of Arts and Letters
Exploration of Course Design, Inclusive Pedagogies, Mindset, Small Teaching (class activities). Contact Cabaniss for details. Oconee Flexible, but likely six Mondays on non-Faculty Senate meeting days. TR may also be possible Tentatively, 12:00-12:50 p.m. Apply to participate in Cabaniss’s FLC
Tom Cooper
Mathematics; College of Science and Mathematics
Mindset as well as students’ attitudes and beliefs about the nature of our subjects and how they should be taught. FLC members will read and discuss research related to these topics and how they relate to own classroom experiences. We will also discuss ways to explicitly address these issues in our classes in order to help students develop more productive dispositions for learning in our courses and our fields. Dahlonega Flexible, but likely six Wednesdays Tentatively, 12:00-12:50 p.m. Apply to participate in Cooper’s FLC
Lauren Johnson
Teacher Education; College of Education
Inclusive Pedagogies. Participation calls for faculty members to explore our beliefs and practices in relation to our positionality, interactions with students, course materials, and skills development on inclusively in the classroom. FLC participants will attend meetings throughout the semester to discuss this topic, analyze relevant research, and engage in reflection activities on our classroom experiences. The FLC will include faculty members from various disciplines interested in incorporating inclusive pedagogical practices to accommodate students from a range of backgrounds in order to improve our learning environments and student success. Cumming & Dahlonega Dates decided by participants. 1 hour meeting, time to be set by participants. Apply to participate in Johnson’s FLC

Please Note: Faculty from all campuses invited to attend any meetings

Participant Expectations

  • Read, analyze, and/or discuss relevant research or materials
  • Participate in reflection activities based on classroom practices and outcomes
  • Actively participate in 5-6 FLC meetings during the Spring 2019 semester
  • Implement a change or innovative assignment, activity, or course material addition in the UNG classroom
  • Complete a final written (1 to 2 page) reflection on the experience or teaching practice

This project may lead to some of the participants teaming up for a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project based on the FLC activities.

Application Requirements

  • Name
  • College
  • Department/Subjects Taught
  • Home Campus
  • Preferred contact email and phone
  • Brief statement about why you would like to participate in this FLC, including what interests you about the topic(s).

More information on the USG Chancellor’s Learning Scholars can be found on the Chancellor’s Learning Scholars webpage.

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