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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. $500)

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)


Proposals should be submitted electronically to the Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship (celts@gcsu.edu) by Friday, September 20, 2013. 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, 2013.

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.

Teaching Circles Wiki

We have created a wiki where faculty members can share ideas about potential Teaching Circles.

The wiki can be found at http://wiki.gcsu.edu/groups/teachingcircles/

You'll need your GCID (911+ number) and GaView password to log in.

Once in, click the "+" button to start a new discussion page (e.g., "Critical Thinking Teaching Circle?", "Flipped Classroom, Anyone?")

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.

Considerations for Teaching GC2Y Sections. Mary Magoulick, Warner Belanger, Jennifer Flaherty, Sunita Manian, Huaiyu (Henry) Wang, James Winchester, Claudia Yaghoobi.

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.

Critically Thinking About Public Memory.  Katie Simon, Mark Vail, Carlos Herrera, Mark Huddle, Joshua Kitchens, and Stephanie McClure.

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.

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.


(Re)Configuring Pedagogies of Space and Place, Jan Clark, Kristin English, Laurie Lyda, Connie Rickenbaker Amanda Repess.

Effective Mentoring – Tools for Advancing Undergraduate Research at Georgia College, Koushik Barnerjee, Amanda Chase , Jennifer Hammack , TeaYoun Kim-Kassor, Rebecca McMullen, Caitlin Powell, Doreen Sams, Hauke Busch, Rosalie Richards.

How might teachers balance the use of technology with a constructivist approach to teaching in today’s secondary classrooms? Eunjung Oh, Diane Gregg, Chandra Power,  Katherin Garland, Betta Borrelli.

Developing Faculty Expertise for Emphasis of Reading Comprehension in our Undergraduate Middle Grades Pre-Service Teachers, Karynne Kleine, Nancy Mizelle, Dan Bauer, Vickie Deneroff, Joanne Previts, Carol, Rosalie Richards, Angel Abney.

Exploring the relationship between large class sizes and the liberal arts mission, Brandy Kennedy, Jason Rich, Claire Sanders, Kim Cossey, Julia Metzker, Craig Pascoe, Stephen Auerbach.

Investigating how to integrate undergraduate re-search into the curriculum, Ryan Brown, Chris Greer, Kalina Manoylov, Chavonda Mills, Darin Mohr, Katie Simon, Chris Skelton.

Exploring Online Education in the School of Nursing, Leslie Moore, Carol Sapp, Debby MacMillan, Lora Crowe, Flor Bondal, Jeanne Sewell, Susan Steele, Sallie Coke,

Investigating the influence of disciplinary discourses and practices on student participation in university courses and projects,”Rodica Cazacu, Vicki Deneroff , Karynne Kleine, Rosalie Richards , Lori Robinson, Sandra Webb.

Information Literary, Jolene Wertz, Josh Kitchens, Kate Pope, Ben Davis, Susan Steele, Dee Samms, Alex Blaxer, Sandra Webb.

How faculty development experiences lead to learning in the classroom, Heidi Fowler, Sandra Godwin, Laurie Huffman, Karynne Kleine, Kelly Manning, Julia Metzker, Caralyn Zehnder.

Facilitating Learning through Engaged Discussion, Carrie Cook, Sara Faircloth, Caitlin Powell, John Sirmans, Marcela Chiorescu, Brian Mumma, Gregg Kaufman, Caralyn Zehnder, Will Hobbs, Liz Speelman.

Establishing Mutual Expectations, Doug Keith, John Bowen, Warner Belanger, Sara Faircloth, Angela Criscoe, Ginger Miller.

Problem-Based Learning: Developing a Network of Resources,  Dean Baker, Mandy Jarriel, Sam Mutiti, Mike Gleason, Sallie Coke, Sheryl Winn, Lora Crowe.

Problem-Based Learning: Developing a Professional Network of Resources, Kirk Armstrong, Heidi Fowler, Flor Culpa-Bondal, Leslie Moore, Debby MacMillan, Susan Steele, Will Hobbs, Kwan Christenson.


I teach, you learn—exploring the nature of learning and overcoming barriers to measuring learning, Karen Bendersky, chair; Julia Metzker, Stephen Price, Angela Criscoe, Kristina Dandy, Sandra Trujillo.

On-line teaching—exploring best practices for effective on-line teaching, Judy Donovan, Rodica Cazacu, Marcela Chiorescu, Carrie Cook, Judy Donovan, Diane Gregg, Chesley Mercado, Sandra Webb.

Professional advising—exploring the role of professional advisors, the use of first-year seminars, and MAPWorks," Virginia Simmons, Sharon Spink, Erin Weston, Hope Buchanan, Allison Everett, Nikki Gay, Shaina McGill, Mike Augustine.

The nature of nature—developing an interdisciplinary course on the place of nature in various disciplines, Nicholas Mowad, Mao Lin,  Amy Sumpter, Ahmed Reid, Mark Causey, Diana Yong.

Primary sources—exploring best research and teaching practices related to primary documentation, Joshua Kitchens, Katherine Pope, Mark Huddle, Amy Sumpter, Jolene Wertz, Matthew Davis, Robin Harris.

Civitas—integrating leadership and citizenship skills in the classroom and beyond. Gregg Kaufman, chair; John Bowen, Jan Clark, Will Hobbs, Brian Mumma, Doug Oetter, Dee Sams.

Reacting to the past—using the Reacting to the Past pedagogy in the classroom, Steve Elliott-Gower, Stephen Auerbach, Elissa Auerbach, Jerry Herbel, Peggy Schaller, Deborah Vess.

Profession building in the liberal arts environment—seeking best practices of integrating learning as students transition from general education to their majors, Jeanne Sewell, Judith Malachowksi, Dianne Chamblee, Susan Steele, Donna Ingram, Heidi Fowler, John Sirmans, Cynthia Alby.

Problem-based learning—continuing discussions on implementing and assessing problem-based learning, Kirk Armstrong, Christopher Black, Lisa Griffin, Scott butler, Dean Baker, Flor Culpa-Bondal, Lora Crow, Leslie Moore, Will Hobbs.

Advising as teaching—designing an advisor training curriculum and alternative forms of delivery, Mike Augustine, chair; Shaina McGill, Marianne Edwards, Mike Martino, Stephanie McClure.

Active learning and student engagement—extending faculty understanding of the use of active learning/student engagement in the classroom, Sandra Webb, Rodica Cazacu, Donovan Domingue, Ellen France, Karynne Kleine, Kalina Manoylov, Julia Metzker, Christine Mutiti, Rosalie Richards, Lori Robinson, Caralyn Zehnder.

Second Life—exploring the use of the virtual world “Second Life” and other virtual learning experiences in various disciplines, Wesley Smith, Aurora Castillo, Bob Duesing, Clif Wilkinson, Joyce Dorsch.

Host teachers and university faculty—developing ideas about improving on-site educational experiences for field-based students, Kathy Garland, Betta Borrelli, Chandra Power, Judy Donovan, Marcia Peck, Ed Hill.

Reinventing the major—exploring lessons from re-designing a major to make it more student engaged, Robin Harris, Sandra Godwin, Stephanie McClure, Brad Koch, Victoria Brown, Sara Faircloth.

Developing Education Mentor Leaders, Karynne Kleine, Nancy Mizelle, Victoria Deneroff, Dan Bauer, Lyndall Muschell, Joe Schwartz, Digiovanni, Roberts, McMullen, Cynthia Alby, Stephen Wills, Lucy Kachmarik; Joanne Previts.
Core Aesthetics, Susan Bello, Robert Blumenthal, Kimberly Cossey, Laura Newbern,  O’Grady, Elaine Whitaker, Tina Yarborough.
Sustainability, Kimberly Cossey, Will Hobbs, Kalina Manoylov,  Julia Metzker, Caralyn Zehnder.
Analyzing Active Learning Strategies, Carrie Cook, Caitlin Powell, Joanne Previts, John Sirmans, Liz Speelman.
Using Free Media as alternatives/additions to traditional textbooks, Jan Clark, Roger Coate, Greg Kauffman, Macon McGinley, Pate McMichael, Mark Vail.
Teaching in Honors, J.J. Arias, Stephen Auerbach, Alex Blazer, David Posada, Melanie DeVore, Hank Edmondson, Steve Elliott-Gower, Bruce Gentry, Stepanie McClure, Ken Saladin, Ben Scafidi, Bob Wilson, Veronica Womack, Tina Yarborough.
Learning PBL through the PBL Process, Flor Culpa-Bondal, Lisa Griffin, Chris Black, Lora Crowe, Leslie Moore, Dean Baker, Doug Keith, Kirk Armstrong.

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