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Teaching circles are small groups of faculty and staff who meet several times during the academic year to discuss, and build community around, a particular issue or approach to teaching and student learning at Georgia College. For the purpose of this grants program, teaching circles should consist of 5-8 members from more than one academic discipline, and preferably from more than one department.    


A wide variety of topics and activities would qualify for consideration; the primary factor, of course, is to choose something related to teaching and student learning. Examples of appropriate topics would include, but are certainly not limited to, interdisciplinary approaches to Asian or Latin American studies, service learning, problem-based learning, undergraduate research, reflective learning, role-playing simulations, computer simulations, GC1Y and GC2Y courses, Desire2Learn, the flipped classroom, and integrative learning strategies.


Proposals should be 1-2 pages, and consist of the following:

1) Name/Title of the teaching circle

2) Names of teaching circle members with their disciplinary/departmental affiliations

3) Description of the project, in language clear to a non-specialist

4) Amount requested (max. $100) Please note that funding is less than it has been in the past due to a decrease in the overall Heritage Fund.

5) Line-item budget (e.g., materials, travel, meals)

6) Name of the teaching circle chair (who is responsible for submitting the proposal, tracking the budget, and submitting a 2-4 page final report).  Final teaching circle reports will be due June 1, 2015.


Proposals should be submitted electronically to the Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship (steven.jones@gcsu.edu) by Friday, September 19, 2014. A copy should also be sent to your dean or unit head. A team will be selected to review proposals and make recommendations. All proposals will receive a response by October 4, 2014.

The Teaching Circles are made possible by the generous support of the Heritage Fund and the GCSU Foundation, and administered by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Please contact Dr. Steven Jones (steven.jones@gcsu.edu) with any questions.

2013-2014 Teaching Circles

Best Practices in Supplemental Instruction in the STEM Disciplines II. Rosalie Richards, Catrena Lisse, Mike Gleason, Jeanne Haslam, Kasey Karen, Darin Mohr, Gita Phelps.

Best Practices for Teaching Non-Science Majors Environmental Science Online. Caralyn Zehnder, Kalina Manoylov, Christine Mutiti, Sam Mutiti, Allison Vandevoort. Read the group's final report here.

Striving for Inclusive Excellence in the Classroom II, Teaching Diversity. Rosalie Richards, Veronica Womack, Tsu-Ming Chiang, Sunita Manian, Funke Fontenot.

Best Practices in Study Abroad in STEM Fields. Ryan Brown, Melanie Devore, Hauke Busch, Libby Davis, Sara Faircloth, Ronald Fietkau, Sam Mutiti.


Assessing the University Shared Learning Goals.  Kirk Armstrong, Cara Meade, Pete Carriere, Kim Cossey, Tanya Goette, Debbie Greene, Heidi Fowler, Debby MacMillan, Jeff Turner, and Mark Vail.

Best Practices in Supplemental Instruction in the STEM Disciplines. Catrena Lisse, Rosalie Richards, Lisa Buttitta, Marcela Chiorescu, Jeanne Haslam, Michael Gleason, and Laurie Huffman. Read the group's final report here.

Critically Thinking About Public Memory.  Katie Simon, Mark Vail, Carlos Herrera, Mark Huddle, Joshua Kitchens, and Stephanie McClure. Read the group's final report here.

Developing Helpful Strategies for Host Teachers.  Betta Borrelli, Chandra Power, Nancy Mizelle, Stacey Schwartz, and Kathy Stanley.

Effective Mentoring II - A Tool for Advancing Undergraduate Research. Rosalie Richards, Doreen Sams, Larry Bacnik, Jennifer Hammack, Robin Lewis, Rebecca McMullen, and Caitlin Powell. Read the group's final report here.

iPad in the Classroom.  Angela Criscoe, Maryjean Land, Rebecca Carte, Douglas Monroe, Carol Sapp, Kwan Christenson, and Diana Young.

Striving for Inclusive Excellence in the Classroom:  Teaching Diversity.  Veronica Womack, Rosalie Richards, Funke Fontenot, Dan Bauer, Tsu-Ming Chiang, and Candace Maddox.

Sustainability in the Core.  Doug Oetter, Steven Jones, Ginger Miller, Doreen Sams, Mark Causey, and Caralyn Zehnder.

The Reacting Faction at Georgia College.  Judith Malachowski, Peggy Schaller, Gael Guzman-Medrano, James Schiffman, Esther Lopez, and Jerry Herbel.

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