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.