April 10

Categories: Weekly Digest Tags: 2023

April 10, 2023

Change in Fall Break 2023 Dates

The Faculty Council and Chancellor’s Cabinet recently approved new dates for fall break 2023. Fall break will now take place Monday, Oct. 23 and Tuesday, Oct. 24. Revised schedules for fall 2023 full term and fall 2023 second half term can be viewed on the Academic Calendar.

BRIDGES Academic Leadership Program

The BRIDGES Academic Leadership Program offers the opportunity to develop and strengthen leadership skills, knowledge, and networking in order to be successful change agents in communities. BRIDGES is an inclusive professional development program dedicated to supporting cisgender or transgender women and nonbinary colleagues in higher education who seek to gain or strengthen their academic leadership capabilities, and/or individuals who demonstrate a commitment to supporting women and gender issues and equity in the academy. Individuals of any gender identity who want to position themselves for advancement in the academy and/or who demonstrate a strong interest or commitment to supporting women and gender equity in the academy are encouraged to apply. Attend the virtual information session to learn about this unique leadership program and to hear from past BRIDGES participants. More information

  • Tuesday, April 11, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, via Zoom

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR)

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is accepting research projects for the 2023 OUR Academic Year Research Program. Faculty Projects will be accepted through April 28, 2023 at 5 p.m. The OUR Fall Research Program will begin on Monday, August 21, 2023. Please complete the Faculty OUR Academic Year Research Program form. For more information, please visit the OUR website.

AI Institute for Smarter Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning will host the new Charlotte AI Institute for Smarter Learning on Thursday, May 18th from 8am to 4pm at the Dubois Center. We invite faculty, staff, and administrators to join us in shaping the next-generation learning experiences with generative AI tools to transform the way we teach and learn. Please RSVP. This is a free event for the campus. Please share among your colleagues.

J. Murrey Atkins Library Events

Department of Religious Studies 50th Anniversary Exhibit Reception
Please join us on Wednesday, April 12th as we look back on and celebrate fifty years of teaching and learning, research and publication, and service to the university and the discipline in Charlotte’s Department of Religious Studies. Atkins Library will showcase a special anniversary exhibit that explores the department’s indelible mark on our campus and the Charlotte community. Charlotte faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided. Registration

  • Wednesday, April 12 – 4 – 6 p.m. – Halton Reading Room

The Julian D. Mason Talks on Book Collecting: The Princess Augusta Sophia Collection of Drama And Other Rare Treasures From Atkins Library
As part of the 50th Anniversary of Atkins’ Special Collection and University Archives, the library is holding a book talk focused on one of its most regal collections. The family of Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and King George III were avid fans of the theater, sometimes even inviting famous actors to their homes for play-readings. At the center of their enthusiasm for the theater is an extensive collection of English drama collected by Princess Augusta Sophia, George and Charlotte’s second-oldest daughter. Join us as we learn from speakers Robin Brabham and Andrew Keener about the royal family’s bibliophilia and this collection’s fascinating journey on its way to a home at UNC Charlotte centuries later. Registration

  • Wednesday, April 19 – 4 – 5:15p.m. – Halton Reading Room

Atkins Library Book Discussion/Workshop
The Atkins Book Club has selected Teaching for Justice and Belonging: A Journey for Educators & Parents as its spring book club selection. Authors Tehia Starker Glass, PH.D. and Lucretia Carter Berry, PH.D., will discuss their book and provide an interactive workshop on how to put these learning concepts into practice. Click here to access the ebook for this educational workshop.

  • Thursday, April 27 – 4 – 5:30 p.m. – Halton Reading Room

Charlotte Launch: NSF I-Corps Cohort Now Accepting Applications

Join 350+ UNC Charlotte faculty and students that have already completed the Charlotte Launch program. Receive active programming and mentorship to explore commercialization viability. Apply to participate in the Charlotte Launch (NSF I-Corps) Hybrid Cohort. The program provides UNC Charlotte faculty, staff and students with commercialization training and pathways for NSF funding. The Program is designed for you to work at your own pace with interviews and goals. We have designed this cohort with a tiered approach, launching on April 26th. The goal of the program is to identify potential commercial uses for technology and research. The next stage is a six month $50,000 NSF I-Corps Teams grant. Applications are currently open and are reviewed as they are submitted. More information and the application form can be found at Charlotte Launch NSF I-Corps. Contact Devin Collins or Laura Smailes for more information.

Center for Teaching and Learning Workshops

Using Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning
Providing students with clear feedback is integral to the teaching and learning process and can motivate and guide behavior change that translates into student success. Soliciting feedback from students allows faculty to make changes in their instructional strategies that also lead to student success. This workshop provides an overview of tools and strategies for giving and receiving feedback – both traditional and technology-based – that can be easily incorporated into any course. This workshop counts towards the Essentials of Teaching and Learning Certificate.

  • Monday – Friday, April 17 – 21, Asynchronous, Facilitated (Register)

Getting Started with Active Teaching and Learning
Active learning requires students to be engaged in their learning rather than being passive listeners. To enhance learning, students must speak, write, think deeply, and collaborate with others about the content and concepts presented in class. This workshop provides an introduction to active teaching and active learning strategies that can be used during class. This workshop counts towards the Essentials of Teaching and Learning Certificate.

  • Wednesday, April 19, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Register)

Enhancing Cultural Awareness
This course is facilitated by the Office of International Programs. The training will present an overview of the common definition and assessment of culture at UNC Charlotte and explore cultural dimensions based on theory and research. Participants will receive resources for sample assignments and a mapping exercise to enhance student cultural awareness.
This is an online, asynchronous training session over three days. There is no set meeting time.
This workshop counts towards the Essentials of Teaching and Learning Certificate.

  • Monday – Wednesday, April 24 – 26, Asynchronous, Facilitated (Register)

Supporting Student Study Skills in the Age of A.I.
Join this session to learn how to better support students’ study skills in the age of A.I.. We will demonstrate how to prompt A.I. tools (like ChatGPT) to develop self-study guides, practice assessments, and serve as a personal learning assistant for students. By the end of the hour, you will have an action plan for how to communicate these strategies to students in your course(s).

  • Tuesday, April 18, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Register)

Supporting Student Writing Projects in the Age of A.I.
Join this session to learn how to integrate AI tools effectively in writing projects throughout the semester. We will demonstrate how to chunk and scaffold project tasks for peer review and instructor support, as well as how to prompt A.I. tools (like ChatGPT) to enhance the writing process at each stage. By the end of the hour, you will have a planning tool and strategies for integrating AI into writing projects.

  • Monday, April 24, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM (Register)

Faculty News Council

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Dissertation Defense

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