One of the first things new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Kim McCormick did when she assumed her duties was to transform the Teaching & Learning Academy into a new Faculty Center for Excellence and Innovation. She also expanded the Faculty Senate Faculty Fellows program that recognized the scholarly achievement of only one faculty member, to include the achievement of seven faculty members.
The goal of the new Faculty Center is to fully support the integration of high impact teaching practices with plans to build active learning that crosses departments and divisions in order to improve student engagement and learning. Starting with a cohort of seven fellows, each Fellow will redesign /design curriculum and pedagogy for at least one course that integrates research-based high-impact and best practices, and will complete an action research project that compares these new, high impact courses against existing courses on measures of student learning, student grades and completion rates.
To demonstrate the importance of scholarship and those who are dedicated to student learning, each academic division was asked to dedicate a fellowship to a former faculty and/or administrator who demonstrated outstanding scholarship and dedication to teaching and student learning.
This new Faculty Fellowship Program forms a community of learning to engage in high impact scholarship. With an initial investment of $22,750 championed by the Chattanooga State Foundation Board using unrestricted annual fund gifts, Fellows will receive a stipend towards their scholarly project. Each faculty member will serve as a mentor for future faculty scholars.
It is exciting to introduce you to our 2014-15 Faculty Fellows:
The Richard K. Lamerand Engineering Fellow is Beth Ruta, Department Head & Professor of Engineering Technology, plans to “enrich and maintain high quality in the Associate of Applied Science General Engineering degree program” through three specific strategies described in her proposal here.
The Dr. Gladys Crates Mathematics and Sciences Fellow was awarded to two faculty members:
David Wollert, Associate Professor of Biology has written a documentary that “takes a very broad view of religion, focusing on common themes within eastern and western faith traditions…also examines science (and knowledge in general) from a unique philosophical framework.” Learn more about his project here.
Sherri Barnes, Associate Professor of Math, is team-teaching Engineering Computations with Engineering Fellow Beth Ruta to “develop the numerical methods portions of the course.” Read her proposal here.
The Amanda Wynn Humanities and Fine Arts Fellow is Shawn Brabham, Associate Professor of English. Her project is to design a capstone and service learning honors course as part of the interdisciplinary Global Scholars series. “As the epilogue to the Global Scholar’s journey, this seminar provides a safe environment for students to explore their own roles in society, and their responsibility to the world. The course combines and integrates the student’s academic achievements by culminating in a service learning project that is documented through the use of ePortfolio. Final presentation will be made to faculty and peers.” Learn more here.
The Dr. Herbert Hooper Part-time Faculty Fellow is Andrew Maginniss, Physics Teaching Laboratory Technician. His project focuses on “redevelop[ing] the Physics 2010 curriculum to be based off of an active learning environment” where “students will be guided as groups to discover the principles of physics through hands on activities.” Read more here.
The Floyd Eaves Business and Information Systems Fellow is William Shifflett, Associate Professor of Accounting & Business. Professor Shifflett plans to develop a “process to recruit minority students into majoring in accounting and enhance their success rate in completing a degree in accounting and obtaining employment in the field.” Read his proposal here.
The Dr. Howard Yarbrough Nursing and Allied Health Fellow is Jody Hancock, Program Director and Associate Professor. Her research project is based on “the 90% musculoskeletal injury rate within the sonography profession” and “no instructional recommendations have been made to address this issue (beyond awareness that the problem exists).” Learn more about her research project here.
Editor’s note: The Bea Lyons Social and Behavioral Sciences Fellow was also established, but not awarded this year.