Monday, October 13, 2014

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference - Call for Proposals

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Faculty can be as scholarly about their teaching practices as they are scholarly about their disciplinary research. An upcoming conference supports the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Please see the call for proposals below. 

From Dr. Diana Sturges Conference Chair

I invite you to submit a proposal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Commons Conference (SoTL Commons) hosted by the Center for Teaching at Technology at Georgia Southern University. The conference brings together people engaging in SoTL and anyone wanting to improve student learning outcomes in higher education today. The conference epitomizes that college teaching is intellectual work that is enhanced both by disciplinary scholarship and the scholarship on teaching the disciplines(SoTL).

The 8th SoTL Commons Conference will be held in Savannah, Georgia, United States, March 25 - 27, 2015. 

Proposal submission opened September 8, 2014 and will close November 15, 2014 and is available at

The conference will include several tracks: teaching with technology; online learning; assessment of student learning; academic and professional development; learning theories and pedagogy and student led SoTL research.

You can find more information about the conference on a. the conference website

To register for the conference, go to

Keynote speakers include:

T. Dary Erwin
Professor of Leadership and Psychology, School of Strategic Leadership Studies James Madison University

James Rhem
Executive Editor
The National Teaching and Learning FORUM

Delena Bell Gatch
Associate Professor of Physics and Interim Director of Assessment Georgia Southern University

The conference’s venue, Coastal Georgia Center, is located within walking distance to the historic downtown, the City Market and River Street. Come enjoy Savannah when it is most beautiful - in the spring, as azaleas and dogwoods bloom and the temperatures stay comfortable in the low 70s. The city offers activities for everyone to enjoy: shopping, dining, boat cruises and horse carriage tours and was voted the second friendliest city in US by Conde Nast Traveler's Annual Readers' Choice Survey.
You can find more information about the conference on a. the conference website  

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Diana Sturges Conference Chair

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Frankly Friday Discussion - Metrics Mania in Florida

Friday, October 10th, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
In January 2014, the Florida Board of Governors, a ruling body over the Florida State University System, established a set of performance metrics upon which all colleges and universities will receive future funding. A summary of these metrics can be seen at this website, 

The move to performance metrics was a dramatic shift from previous state funding models, which primarily used student enrollment as the basis of funding. Since that time, universities around Florida, including UNF have been investigating ways to meet these new standards. Several universities are making changes to policies and reporting practices to meet the demands of this new funding system. Many of the metrics relate to student performance and success, which will impact what faculty do in the classroom and beyond in the coming years. Come  and discuss how these changes will impact faculty at UNF and statewide. OFE will provide the coffee and pastries. 
Friday, October 10th, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Assessment of Transformational Learning Experiences

Manageable and Meaningful Assessment of Transformational Learning Experiences
Friday, October 03, 2014
UNF Faculty who apply for TLO funding design a wide variety of truly transformational learning experiences for students. Designing an assessment plan both enhances the TLO application and provides an important way to maximize student benefit from the experience.  Yet assessing transformational learning objectives can be difficult because the objectives can be difficult to define, and because TLOs may not include graded assignments in the same way as other classes do. This workshop will help participants define transformational learning objectives and develop manageable assessment strategies for determining the impact of the TLO experience. Faculty and staff interested in applying for Transformational Learning Opportunity (TLO) funds are especially encouraged to attend.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Faculty Development Teaching Grants Panel

Faculty Development Teaching Grant Panel
Thursday, October 2, 2014, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Student Union, Building 58W, Room 3805
Applications for Summer 2015 funding for Faculty Development Teaching Grants are due on October 17, 2014.  To assist faculty in preparing grant applications, the Faculty Enhancement Committee and the Office of Faculty Enhancement will host a Teaching Grant Panel to answer questions regarding the review process and evaluation criteria for the program. Faculty interested in submitting a Faculty Development Teaching Grant are encouraged to attend. For more information on faculty development grants , visit the website below.
Thursday, October 2, 2014, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Student Union, Building 58W, Room 3805
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Report on Recognizing Community-Engaged Scholarship

One of the sticky problems with advancing community-based learning at institutions of higher education is that faculty have difficulty finding reward structures that support their important community-based work. Many faculty have mentioned the need for change in the reward structures, but university-wide systems have been resistant to such change. The New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) has recently released a report that addresses these issues in the University of Massachusetts system and provides some guidance for universities who are interested in changing the reward structures on their campuses.

One of the guiding statements from the report is that the, "... policies and cultures that
shape faculty behavior for career advancement have not kept pace with changes in
knowledge production and dissemination."   Please see the note below from the authors of the report. The hyperlink below provides access to the full report.

"It is our pleasure to send you the report The Challenges of Rewarding New Forms of Scholarship: Creating academic cultures that support community-engaged scholarship (,
which is the result of a meeting of that took place on May 15, 2014 involving over 30 faculty and staff from all five campuses of the University of Massachusetts system. The seminar was funded with a grant from Bringing Theory to Practice and was hosted by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and Boston URBAN (Urban Research-Based Action Network).

"The purpose of the seminar was to examine a wide range of faculty rewards (including promotion criteria, awards, faculty development support, and policies at various levels) that provide incentives and rewards for faculty to undertake community-engaged scholarship. Community-engaged scholarship focuses academic knowledge to address real-world issues through mutually beneficial, reciprocal collaboration with peers outside the university who have locally grounded knowledge and experience.

"The report provides a set of findings and concrete recommendations for both the system office and the individual campuses for measures that can be implemented to advance community-engaged scholarship.

"Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  It is our hope that the report can serve as a tool for catalyzing a deeper conversation on campus about supporting and advancing community engaged scholarship. 


John Wooding and John Saltmarsh

John Wooding
Department of Political Science
University of Massachusetts, Lowell

John Saltmarsh
University of Massachusetts, Boston"

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning

The National Lilly Conference for Teaching and Learning will be held in Austin, TX, on January 4th-7th, 2015. The deadline for proposal submission is July 30th. See the conference announcement below, or visit the conference website

For 34 years, the Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning have been known as exceptional places to present and to learn from faculty colleagues on effective teaching and learning.  This interdisciplinary teaching conference includes faculty, administrators, and graduate students from across the United States and abroad. Participants are given the opportunity to exchange ideas, build a repertoire of skills that can be put to immediate use, and to network with colleagues. The overall conference theme for the Lilly Conference series is “Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning.” Each of the Lilly Conferences are unique, but they all share the same great Lilly community spirit.

Lilly National Conference – Austin, TX
Jan 4 - 7 2015 

The Call for Proposals closes July 30. Following the blind review process you will be notified about your proposal submission by August 30. 

UNF Innovation Symposium Call for Proposals

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The Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT) at the University of North Florida (UNF) has
called for proposal submissions to the 2nd annual UNFIS Innovation Symposium. The theme for this year's conference is Digital Living.

Please see the information below from Deb Miller, Director of CIRT.
The deadline for submissions is August 22nd, 2014.
Find out more information at the conference website:

UNF Academic Technology Innovation Symposium
2014 Call for Proposals

You are invited to submit an abstract to the 2014 University of North Florida Academic Technology Innovation Symposium. The symposium will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in the Student Union Building of the University of North Florida. The Academic Technology Innovation Symposium highlights innovative practices by UNF faculty and offers a forum for interactive learning and thought-provoking discussion on both current use and potential for academic technology to support teaching, learning, and research.

Presentations provide the opportunity to share teaching or scholarship practices that make use of information technologies to solve problems in interesting or original ways. New and unique accomplishments, projects, ideas, and initiatives that demonstrate an innovative approach to teaching and scholarship are sought. Research with student co-authors is welcome.

Conference Theme and Topics
The theme of the 2014 Academic Technology Innovation Symposium is Digital Living: Work and Play in Blended Realities. The organizers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives under three major topic tracks: (1) teaching and learning (2) creativity, innovation, and change (3) academic research.

Abstract Submission Guidelines
Submit an abstract (200 words maximum) at this link by August 22, 2014 and indicate your presentation type preference. You will receive notification of status via email by September 9, 2014. A double-blind review process will be utilized for all submissions. Selection of an abstract for presentation will be based on quality of the submission, originality, topicality, relevance and advancement of current thinking on the subject. If you have any questions regarding your submission, please contact:

Conference website: