September 18

Categories: Weekly Digest Tags: 2023

Effective September 1, UNC Charlotte’s AISLE department is now referred to as Learning Space Technology. The change comes as a measure to better differentiate the roles between the University’s various technology-focused departments and will not affect the division of services provided by them. More information.

The Honors College is now accepting course proposals for the 2024-2025 academic year. The Honors College Is celebrating 20 years of development and transformation this year and looks forward to increased faculty engagement with the honors community moving forward. Please direct any questions to Dr. Jeffrey Leak.

The Graduate School invites nominations for the 2024 First Citizens Bank Scholars and Harshini deSilva Graduate Mentor Awards. The First Citizens Award recognizes a senior full-time faculty member for outstanding scholarship, creativity, and/or research. The Harshini de Silva Mentor award recognizes a faculty member who exemplifies outstanding graduate mentoring. Read more about the 2024 awards from the Graduate School.

Join the presenters as they review recently enacted state laws with implications for university operations and the campus community. Topics to be covered include the state budget, transgender students in athletics, compelled speech, and more. Presented by Anna Helms, Director of Constituent Relations, and Sarah Edwards, Associate Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel.

Thursday, September 28, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, via Zoom* (Register)
*Registrants will receive the Zoom link prior to the presentation.

Applications are invited from the UNC Charlotte faculty for the position of Associate Dean in the Honors College. The Associate Dean reports directly to the Dean and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Honors College, including the curriculum and co-curricular experiences in the University Honors Program (UHP), the curricular and programmatic relationship between UHP and department/college honors programs, the development and assessment of department/college honors programs, and overseeing Honors College course scheduling, advising, programming, staff and budgeting. The position will begin July 1, 2024.

The Honors College provides academically motivated students access to robust curricular and co-curricular experiences designed to foster curiosity, community, and connections with the city of Charlotte. We offer students the opportunity to take interdisciplinary seminars with excellent faculty and connect them with sustained partnerships outside the classroom in undergraduate research, study abroad, community engagement, internships and more. The Honors College at UNC Charlotte administers the University Honors Program and supports 29 disciplinary honors programs across campus, as well as providing honors courses, advising, scholarships and programming. Learn more about the Honors College.

Ideal candidates for this position hold tenure in a UNC Charlotte Department with 8+ years experience in higher education and evidence of progressively increasing level and scope of responsibilities. The ideal candidate possesses specific experience with curriculum development, general education, and honors education; strong resource planning, organizational, analytic, communication, and leadership skills; demonstrated ability to work with a diverse faculty/staff/student body; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with unit staff and faculty, as well as across department/college boundaries in a university setting; and program and annual reporting experience.

Applicants should visit Niner Talent to apply and submit a letter of interest that addresses qualifications and interest in the role (not to exceed three pages), current curriculum vitae, and a list of 3-5 references with contact information. Applications will be accepted until September 27, 2023. Contact Natasha Randle with questions.

View Fall 2023 Curriculog training session dates and register at the Curriculog Training page of the Faculty Governance website.

One of the highlights of UNC Charlotte’s Commencement is the recognition of individuals for exceptional and distinctive service to the University or the larger community with an honorary degree from UNC Charlotte.  We are asking for your assistance in nominating persons for this honor.  Click for details on how to nominate people for this honor.

The Center for Integrated Care invites you to register for GUIDE, an empathic communications training to empower faculty and staff to conduct effective student support. For registration and more information, contact Leigh Norwood or Terrence Harper.

Berny Jacques and Geston Pierre of “Berny + Geston: the Frenemies” will discuss multiple current social issues from the Democratic and Republican perspectives. Both children of Haitian immigrants, childhood friends Berny Jacques and Geston Pierre don’t agree on much politically—except that they both love our country, and respect each other. They’ll tackle some of the most controversial issues of our time, and (at least so far) they’ll wrap the evening still friends. We think you’ll be inspired by the power of sharing ideas across differences, and you might just make a new frenemy of your own. Refreshments will be provided.
Sponsored by UNC Charlotte’s Free Expression and Constructive Dialogue Task Force, the Village Square, and the Heterodox Campus Community Network.

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 5:30 pm.- Halton Room – Atkins Library – Register

How could community help us weather the impact of climate change? How might Charlotte’s ever-evolving housing market impact local schools? What does it mean to truly mend the harms of systemic racism?

Those are just a few of the questions that UNC Charlotte faculty members will work to answer as part of the fifth cohort of the Gambrell Faculty Fellows. The fellows will tackle subjects from computer science to COVID aid, addressing a broad variety of challenges that have continued to shape conversations about equity in Charlotte. The Gambrell Faculty Fellowship program grew out of the 2018 Charlotte Opportunity Insights Partnership, also funded by The Gambrell Foundation. The Fellows program incorporates and builds local research capacity to address issues related to economic mobility in Charlotte, facilitate research on economic mobility and give our community access to that work.

Part 1: Getting Started with ChatGPT
Join this workshop if you have never set-up an account or are a beginning user of ChatGPT. This hands-on workshop will cover an introduction to generative AI and ChatGPT. Participants will set-up a ChatGPT account, learn how Generative AI produces a response, practice prompting with ChatGPT, experiment with personalized learning techniques, and practice producing instructional materials that could be used in your courses.

  • Monday, September 25,9:00 – 10:00 AM (Register)

Canvas Analytics for Early Intervention
Learn how to leverage Canvas Analytics for early student intervention! Course analytics offer data on individual and aggregate student activity, assignment submissions, and grades, as well as page views and student participation metrics across all of their devices. In this session, you’ll learn how to leverage Canvas as a tool for identifying students in need!

  • Wednesday, September 27, 10:00 – 11:00 AM (Register)

Part 1: Canvas Studio – Creating Video Assignments
Canvas Studio has replaced Kaltura Capture and My Media for instructional videos! This workshop will cover the basics of using Canvas Studio to create and share instructional media through your Canvas courses. Topics include: how to upload existing media, recording new media, captioning videos, editing media, embedding media on pages, understanding the video Library, and creating assignments that involve video submission and having students submit assignments involving videos

  • Wednesday, September 27, 3:00 – 4:00 PM (Register)

Part 2: Canvas Studio for Video Quizzes
Canvas Studio’s in-video quiz feature allows instructors to embed interactive quiz questions at specific points in videos. Students can respond to multiple-choice, true/false, or other types of prompts while watching the video. This feature enhances student engagement, reinforces key concepts, and provides a way for instructors to assess understanding. Customization includes time limits and multiple attempts. Learn how to use this tool with your videos to increase student engagement!

  • Thursday, September 28, 9:00 – 10:00 AM (Register)

Part 2: Student Study Skills with ChatGPT
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).

  • Friday, September 29, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Register)

Scholarship for Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Request for Proposals is Open
The SoTL Grants Program RFP is open and requesting proposals for SoTL research that is explicitly tied to the teaching and learning goals of our Strategic Plan. Proposals are due by October 1st at 11:59pm.

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) seeks faculty fellows to provide leadership to programs supporting faculty and student engagement in research projects and dissemination. The goal of the Office for Undergraduate Research is to continue to expand the opportunities for undergraduates to engage in authentic research, mentored scholarship, and creative performance at UNC Charlotte. OUR provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage with the undergraduate research enterprise through curricular innovation, co-curricular mentored research experiences, and dissemination of novel research knowledge to diverse audiences through professional and public conferences.

Faculty Learning Community Fellows
OUR seeks to identify two faculty fellowships for curricular innovation. The responsibilities of these fellows are to organize and lead a faculty learning community on embedding undergraduate research into the curriculum. The fellows, with the assistance of the Director of OUR, will curate a reading list of general and disciplinary resources to provide relevant examples for curricular integration of scaffolded undergraduate research experiences, transferable skill development through Undergraduate Research, Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE), and best practices for teaching research skills and processes through the curriculum. The fellows will recruit willing faculty across diverse colleges and departments, organize and lead a series of discussions, journal clubs, books groups, or other relevant sessions to examine, evaluate, and innovate curricular adaptations that are culturally appropriate for UNC Charlotte from these discussions. The fellows will come from different disciplines in the natural and social sciences or humanities and arts. Goals for this fellowship include engage current faculty members in curricular discussions; encourage current faculty to innovate in courses with Undergraduate Research; develop ideas adaptable to disciplinary curricula for Undergraduate Research embedding; build cohort confidence in exploring curricular UR integration among members; identify additional professional development opportunities for embedding UR into curricula for faculty and teaching staff; and report outcomes to the Director of OUR annually. 
The fellows must be tenured or tenure-track faculty members and be an experienced undergraduate research mentor. Fellows will meet regularly with the Director of OUR to provide leadership for OUR and to communicate progress towards deliverable tasks. The duration of the fellowship is for two years with the potential for renewal for a third year based on outcomes. Compensation is $5000 for the year. 

Undergraduate Research Journal Fellow
OUR seeks to identify a faculty fellowship for dissemination of undergraduate research. The responsibilities of this fellow are to explore, examine, consider different models for undergraduate research journals at UNC Charlotte. The fellow will not only evaluate existing models, but they will seek campus partners, as appropriate, and recommend a sustainable, culturally appropriate model for an undergraduate research journal at UNC Charlotte. Goals for this fellowship include: compile a list of models for UR Journals; engage students and mentors at Charlotte by convening focus groups or soliciting campus input as appropriate; evaluate existing models and recommend a sustainable model for a Undergraduate Research Journal at UNC Charlotte; identify a path forward for publication of issue 3 within one year; advance the implementation of the new model, as appropriate, by seeking campus partners and collaborators; and report outcomes to the Director of OUR annually

Faculty fellows will meet regularly with the Director of OUR to provide leadership for OUR and to communicate progress towards deliverable tasks. The duration of the fellowship is one year with the potential for renewal for a second year to launch the Journal model. Compensation is $5000 for the year.

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