Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center News

Higher Ed Engagement Expert to Speak on March 13

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UT’s Office of Research and Engagement is hosting a national expert on academic reward systems for engaged scholarship. KerryAnn O’Meara, associate professor of higher education at the University of Maryland, will present “Rewarding Engaged Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure: Strategies for Action” at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 13, at the university.

Olsen Named Director of Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center

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Taimi Olsen, formerly the associate director of the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center, has been named as the center’s new director. She replaces Dave Schumann, the center’s founding director, who will now split his time between faculty duties in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management and the center.

“Flipped Classroom” Lunch Workshop Offered

Faculty Appreciation Week has been set for February 10-14, and the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center is sponsoring a free luncheon workshop on flipped classrooms on Wednesday, February 12. “Flipping Out at UT: the Pedagogy of Flipped Classrooms” will be presented by center staff along with professors Richard Bennett and Brad Vander Zanden and lecturer Will Schleter, all from the College of Engineering, and Mary Holcomb, associate professor in the College of Business Administration.

Applications Due Monday for Graduate Teaching Certification Program

The Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center and the Graduate School have collaborated to create the Graduate Teaching Certification Program. The deadline for applying to be part of the inaugural cohort is Monday, November 25. Applicants may download the online application and submit the completed form to fmcgaske@utk.edu. Potential participants will be sent a departmental recommendation form. Both the application and the recommendation form must be completed and received by 5:00 p.m. Monday.

Search for Director of the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center

The Office of the Provost is accepting applications for the position of director of the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center. The center is currently under the direction of professor David Schumann, who will step down from that role on December 31. This is an internal search, and the committee seeks to make its recommendation to the provost by the end of the semester. Applications are requested by Friday, December 6, but the position will remain open until filled.

TennTLC Welcomes New Assistant Director

Ferlin G. McGaskey is the new assistant director of the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center. He co-designed and directs of the center’s Graduate Teaching Certification Program.McGaskey has spent the past four years working in teaching and learning centers at UT and the University of Texas at Austin.

Sign Up Now for Free TLC Workshop on February 25

In celebration of Faculty Appreciation Week, the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center (TennTLC) will present a free luncheon workshop on Monday, February 25, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. The workshop—”Threshold Concepts: Moving Students through Conceptual Bottlenecks”—will be about helping students move from academic confusion to “light bulb” moments of understanding.

There’s Still Time to Register for the Third Annual Teaching Workshop

Need help capturing the attention of your students? You still have time to register for the Third Annual Teaching Workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Five outstanding speakers will help you brainstorm ways to engage and motivate your students. The workshop is free but registration is required.