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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. The HIP Academy will be offered again in 2018-2019. Please check back for details on how to apply. 



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
  •  Implementing the ideals and practices of the Association of American Colleges and Universities initiative for a 21st century education, entitled Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP)


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


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


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 videoconferences 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 videoconferences, 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 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 2017-2018

Please submit the Faculty Academies online application:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Statement of Interest with the following ideas addressed:
    1. Why do you want to join this academy? Explain how you would expect this Academy to support your professional goals.
    2. 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 Process Date
Application for Faculty Academies Available Third Friday of July
Application Deadline Last Friday of August
Notifications about Selection Second Friday of September

Calendar 2017-2018

Date and Location Topic Meeting Mode

Dahlonega: faculty attend on September 29, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Downtown Office Building 228

Gainesville: Faculty attend on October 13, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 3 p.m. in Dunlap-Mathis 137

Retreat and Kickoff Celebration

  • High-Impact Educational Practices: Ensuring Quality
  • Projects and Aspirations
  • Introduction to Assignment Design for Undergraduate Research and Service-Learning
October/November Skills and Knowledge: Using VALUE Rubrics and Taxonomies for Design Video conference
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 Video conference
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 HIP Tasks and Scaffolding for Student Comprehension Video conference
February 29, 2018 Assessment of Student Progress in Service-Learning and Undergraduate Research Video conference- Academy participants , please email for details.
March 26, 2018 Coaching Session: Finalizing Project Planning and Presentation at Retreat Video conference- Academy participants , please email for details.
April, date to be determined Academies Retreat: Celebration and Sharing of High-Impact Practices and Project Design To be Announced

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