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Center for Teaching & Learning

 

 

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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 the Baldwin Library, CTL offers a variety of faculty development opportunities across ABAC’s campus including workshops, seminars, and colloquia that seek to advance the College’s teaching and learning goals.

The Center works to improve student learning and institutional effectiveness by promoting instructional excellence, providing an environment for sharing talents, and fostering professional growth throughout the College. The Center provides a multi-platform outlet designed to enhance faculty performance and the advancement of student achievement. The Center’s scholarly forums consider such topics as pedagogical methodology, original research, institutional effectiveness, technology implementation, grant writing, education literature, and overall professional development. Further, the Center sponsors speaking and film engagements for the College, and assists the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Learning Resources) with implementation the College’s academic programming. The Director is also responsible for organizing and implementing the annual New Faculty Orientation, Faculty & Staff Fall Conference, and the Teaching and Learning Fall Workshop Series.

See links below for specific programming for the 2016 – 2017 Academic Year.

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. Jordan Cofer, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs – Learning Resourses

jcofer@abac.edu

229.391.4971

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, staff, administration, and students 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

2016-2017 CTL Leadership Team Members

______, School of Agriculture and Natural Resources

______, School of Liberal Arts 

______, School of Science and Math

______, School of Human Sciences

______, School of Nursing and Health Sciences

______, Stafford School of Business

______, SGA Vice President

______, Staff Representative

______, Administrative Representative

Programs

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

Certificate Programs
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, field experts, faculty, and staff provide lectures and interactive programming on a variety of professional topics.  The series now consists of several components that are presented across the academic year, included the Engaged Faculty Colloquium series, Innovation Forums, Faculty Reading Group, and the research “Brownbag Lunch” series.  

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

Teaching and Learning Workshops
The CTL provides workshops during the Fall Conference and through out the year on a variety of teaching and learning technologies and .

For a current listing of programs, workshops, and seminars visit the 2016-2017 CTL Events Calendar

 

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Calendar of Events

Engaging Our Faculty, 2016 to 2017 Calendar of Events

A Colloquium Series presented by the ABAC Center for Teaching and Learning

2016-2017 CTL Events Calendar

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, Fall 2016: (add link when finalized)

Fall Conference Events

Each Fall, the CTL hosts a number of events to prepare Faculty and Staff for their return to the new Academic Year. For 2016, these events include:

  • New Faculty Orientation…………………. Wednesday, 08/03
  • Fall Conference………………………………  Thursday, 08/04
  • New Student Orientation…………………  Friday, 08/05
  • Teaching and Learning Workshops…… Monday, 08/08
  • School and Department Meetings……..  Monday, 08/08
  • Freshman Convocation…………………….  Tuesday, 08/09
  • First Day of Classes………………………….  Wednesday, 08/10

 

For a detailed schedule of events, see the 2016 Faculty and Staff Fall Conference