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Center for Teaching & Learning

CTL EF 2014

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) serves the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College faculty and staff in the creation of vibrant learning environments.

Located in Carlton Rm. 202, CTL offers a variety of faculty development opportunities including workshops, seminars, and colloquia that seek to advance the College’s teaching and learning goals.

For 2014, CTL is assisting faculty members in the development of their craft through the Center’s “Engaged Faculty Colloquium.” Designed to foster faculty excellence and the advancement of student achievement, this year’s Colloquium Series provides a scholarly forum to consider pedagogical methodology, original research, institutional effectiveness, and professional development. Pictured above are the 2014 Engaged Faculty Certificate recipients, a recognition from the Center of those faculty that engage in a majority of the year long program – (left: Dr. Justin Ng, Franzelle Mathis-Pertilla, Dr. James Galt-Brown, and Philip Hightower.

We are very proud of the many services and tools that we support, most of which have emerged from the creative ideas of ABAC faculty and staff.

For more information, see the links below or contact:

Dr. Hans E. Schmeisser, Director of the Center and Faculty Development Coordinator

hschmeisser@abac.edu

229.391.5077

Missions & Goals

Mission Statement
The mission of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College is to promote institutional effectiveness through professional development for faculty and staff. The Center strives to enhance student learning by encouraging innovative teaching, promoting instructional excellence, providing an environment for sharing talents throughout the college, and fostering professional growth for all employees.

Goals
The goals of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College are:

  • to foster collaboration among faculty and staff to share talents and expertise in the areas of teaching, learning, and student success
  • to provide training and support in the development and implementation of teaching methods, instructional technologies, assessment practices, and curricular innovations
  • to maintain a library of teaching resources
  • to share information about professional development opportunities, materials, and grants through email, mail, and website
  • to administer a teaching excellence incentive program for faculty which will award stipends to faculty who develop and implement creative teaching strategies and/or who develop workshops for other faculty to employ such teaching strategies
  • to coordinate new faculty orientation and mentorship
  • to coordinate faculty and staff fall conference

Areas of Focus

  • Colloquium Series will help to foster collaboration among faculty and staff to share talents and expertise.
  • Provide training workshops on topics related to the development and implementation of teaching methods, instructional technologies, assessment practices, and curricular innovations.
  • Maintain a repository of teaching resources including a website to share professional development opportunities.
  • Administer teaching excellence incentive program.
  • Conduct new faculty orientation and set up mentorship for new faculty.
  • Provide enriching workshops for all faculty and staff during fall conference.

Leadership Team

Role of the CTL Leadership Team

The Center for Teaching and Learning Leadership team is made up of faculty and staff who are interested in developing and promoting professional development activities at ABAC.  The roles of the CTL Leadership Team members are:

  • To provide recommendations for professional development activities
  • To initiate and implement professional development programs and activities
  • To serve as a representative and advocate of the CTL’s programs and activities to their respective school/department

2014-2015 CTL Leadership Team Members

Ms. Lorie Felton, School of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Dr. Sandra Giles, School of Liberal Arts
Dr. Cyndy Hall, School of Liberal Arts
Dr. Maggie Martin, Director of Student Development
Ms. Katrina McCrae, School of Science and Math
Ms. Melanie Partlow, School of Science and Math
Dr. Jewrell Rivers, School of Human Sciences
Dr. Hans Schmeisser, School of Liberal Arts
Mr. Troy Spicer, School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Ms. Amy Warren, School of Human Sciences
Ms. Janet Weaver, OITS Client Support

Programs

The CTL offers its faculty participants a diversity of programming that can enhance their professional and personal lives.  

Certificate Programs
In Fall 2012, the CTL created an Engaged Faculty Certificate to encourage both faculty involvement in the Center’s events and in building a greater faculty community at the College. Engaged Faculty are individuals whose participation reflects a serious involvement with the Center’s programming over the course of the academic year.

Colloquium and Seminar Series
Throughout the year, faculty and staff provide lectures on a variety of professional topics.  Due to overwhelming interest, the series has expanded and will provide two lectures each month. 

New Faculty Academy
The CTL offers an orientation for new faculty each fall as well as a variety of courses through out the year.

Technology Workshops
The CTL provides workshops through out the year on a variety of teaching and learning technologies. For a listing of current workshops and seminars visit the Technology Workshops pull-down.

Faculty Colloquium and Seminar Series

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) hosts both a Faculty Research Colloquium and Teaching Seminar Series.  Presentations are held the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 3:30pm in Carlton 202. Faculty and Staff present research-driven talks for the colloquia gatherings and teaching-related  topics for seminars.

2013 – 2014

Thursday, February 7, 2013    3:30-4:30 pm
“The Value of Reflection: Self-Assessment in the College Classroom.”
Jeff Newberry

Thursday, February 21, 2013    3:30-4:30 pm
“TEDtalks in the Classroom.”
Troy Spicer

Thursday, March 21, 2013    3:30-4:30 pm
“Distance Counseling.”
Maggie Martin

Thursday, April 4, 2013    3:30-4:30 pm
Topic: TBA
Cyndy Hall

Monday, April 22, 2013    3:30-4:30 pm
“Student Creativity.”
Sandra Giles

 

New Faculty Academy

The New Faculty Academy is designed to assist new faculty with teaching technologies and practices that may be unique to ABAC.  An orientation is provided at the beginning of the academic year as well as a variety of workshops through out the year.

Schedule of Events, 2014: Aug 6 – New Faculty Orientation