Thursday, December 18, 2014

Global to Local: Call for Applications

Community-engaged scholars gain insights into community systems that address community needs
using informed and authentic methods. These insights can be applied in local and global communities. The University of North Georgia is inviting papers on local and global community engagement to be published in an open-access compendium. Please see the announcement from the compendium organizers below.   

Community Engagement Compendium: Local is Global

The University of North Georgia is issuing a Call for Papers for an open access community engagement compendium. This compendium will undergo rigorous blind peer review to ensure the quality of the scholarship.

The focus of this compendium is the linkage between local, regional, national, and international engagement. How does local engagement impact national engagement? How can lessons learned from international engagement activities cross over to local engagement projects?

The editors encourage submissions related to the following:

· Outcomes of regional engagement initiatives
   International impact of local and regional engagement projects
   Mandatory vs. Volunteer Engagement
   How to measure scholarly engagement
   Community Engagement and P&T

Please submit all papers to

Proposal Criteria:
All submissions must be original unpublished work.
Papers must be between 5,000-9,000 words in length.
Citations must follow MLA or APA standards.

Call for Papers issued by:
 Donna Gessell
Corey Parson

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Course Redesign Call For Applications - Problem-Based Learning

Course Redesign for Effective Learning (CREL) –
Problem-Based Learning Institute

The Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE), in collaboration with Undergraduate Studies, invites full-time faculty to participate in a summer course redesign institute focused on problem-based learning. The purpose of this institute is to provide faculty with the time, resources, information, and collaborative support needed to revise and redesign a selected Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 course (or design a new course) in ways that will maximize student learning.

Deadline for Applications: Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015  
Interested faculty should complete the online application at:

The focus of this year’s course redesign program will be Problem-based Learning (PBL). Problem-based learning is a teaching strategy in which students are presented with problems and issues that need to be resolved. As part of the learning process, students work actively in collaborative teams to address the issue. As a result, students not only learn broad-based content knowledge but develop deep, authentic critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

OFE invites UNF faculty who are interested in integrating problem-based learning into their course or to enhance the problem-based learning already implemented to apply for the CREL-PBL program. Such proposals could include student projects, research activities as part of a course, community-based learning, or other forms of group projects.

The UNF faculty selected to participate in the CREL and who produce a redesigned product will receive a $500 stipend. In addition, OFE will cover travel to the Worchester Polytechnic Institute’s 2015 Problem-Based Learning Institute, scheduled for June 25th-27th (travel starting on June 24th). Faculty must participate in the WPI Institute to receive the stipend.

For information about the Problem-Based Learning Institute, visit the institute webpage at:

The Review Process
The proposals will be reviewed by the OFE Director in consultation with the Faculty Association’s Faculty Enhancement Committee.

Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
  • The proposed change represents a significant change to the structure, organization, or activities associated with the course.
  • The proposed change is reasonable given the time constraints.
  • The proposed change is likely to affect student learning positively.
Faculty members who have been awarded summer research and teaching grants are eligible to participate in CREL.  For those who have received a summer teaching grant, the CREL project proposal should involve a different course than that on which the summer teaching grant is based.  Preference will be given to first-time participants in OFE’s course redesign workshops. Preference will be given to faculty teaching lower division courses and for courses offered as part of the General Education program. Applications from a variety of perspectives and methods are encouraged. Selection of proposals will ensure a broad participation across disciplines on campus.
Preparing the CREL-PBL Project Proposal Application
Interested faculty should complete the online application at:

The deadline for applications is February  3rd.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Networking Event - International Education Week

Global Engagement Faculty Network
Monday, November 17th, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
International Center, Building 58E, Room 2300

The International Center and the Office of Faculty Enhancement would like to invite faculty from around the campus to come and share ideas on study-abroad courses and international research over some wine and cheese. This event is part of International Education Week. Faculty will share advice and experiences from past study-abroad and international activities. Faculty interested in study-abroad or who would like to know more are welcome to attend. Bring a friend, mingle and enjoy a happy-hour and a half.
Monday, November 17th, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
International Center, Building 58E, Room 2300

Friday, November 7, 2014

Collaborative and Project-Based Learning Workshop

Making Connections: Collaborative and Project-based Learning Workshop 
Monday, November 17th, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Building 2, Room 2002RSVP to
Have you ever been disappointed in the amount or level of student learning in your course? Have you been frustrated by the apparent lack of motivation and engagement among your students?
Active and collaborative learning strategies have been shown to increase student learning (as compared to lecture formats) and to increase student enjoyment and persistence. Implementing such strategies, however, especially in large classes, can be challenging. Join faculty from across the campus in sharing ideas about implementing collaborative and project-based learning strategies in this interactive session. Bring your best ideas and biggest challenges with collaborative learning and gain insights into addressing these challenges and finding opportunities for success in the classroom. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP to
Monday, November 17th, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Building 2, Room 2002

Engagement Scholarship Program - Call for Proposals

The Center for Community-Based Learning and the Office of Faculty Enhancement have announced a new program for community engagement research. See the announcement below.

The Engagement Scholarship Program is a multidisciplinary, professional community of practice focusing on the scholarship of engagement and concentrating on two specific categories of the scholarship of engagement: community-based research and the scholarship of teaching/learning relating to community-based pedagogy. For more information, including eligibility and the application, visit the website. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21.
Contact: Heather Burk at or (904) 620-3549

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Community Partnership Conference

Community-engaged research and community-based learning require robust partnerships to support the shared work in the community. Campus Community Partnerships for Health is co-sponsoring an upcoming conference, the C2UExpo, that will highlight campus-community partnerships. Please see the announcement and call for proposals below.

Proposals due Nov 28 for C2UExpo! C2UExpo (Community, College, University-Exposition), is a bi-annual 3-day conference, showcasing the best practices in community-campus partnerships worldwide. C2UExpo 2015 will take place May 26-29, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario. Click here for information on submitting a proposal. The theme for this conference is Citizen Solutions for a Better World, with a specific focus on community-campus partnerships as key drivers for policy change. As we did in 2013, CCPH is supporting C2UExpo in lieu of our own conference next year. CCPH members will receive a 15% discount on registration fees. If you're planning to attend C2UExpo and aren't a CCPH member, join today.

Frankly Friday - Your Best Students

Are the best students in your classroom?
Friday, November 14th, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

The University of North Florida has been ranked as one of the best colleges in the South by US News and World Report. The report identifies UNF as relatively selective, admitting only 53% of applicants. Despite the desirability of UNF and the recognition it receives nationally, students often see UNF as a second choice. For first-time-in-college students at UNF, according to institutional data, less than 50% graduate from UNF in 6 years. According to a report by the UNF Retention and Graduation Committee, 20% of Freshmen who leave UNF transfer to another state university. These student transfers tend to have high GPAs. This high-performing students might be leaving UNF to have a different experience at another university. The student experience at UNF might be a factor as well. A recent MIT survey asked students why they did not attend class. The students reported not attending class mostly because of unclear or low engagement lectures. Other factors included students pursuing other class-related deadlines and having poor sleep.

Come  and discuss what factors might prevent the best students from being in your classroom. Should students be required to attend class? How would this affect the student experience and student retention of top students? Dr. Albert Colom, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services, and Dr. Jeff Coker, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, will discuss enrollment trends and student engagement at UNF. OFE will provide the coffee and pastries. 
Friday, November 14th, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.