Building Community for Enhanced Teaching and Learning

Open Classrooms

Note: Because the terms of compensation for the TLC director have been changed (from a stipend and course release to a stipend only, without course release) and the TLC no longer employs student assistants, the TLC is no longer able to offer this resource.

The TLC invites faculty to welcome other faculty into their classrooms for informal inspiration, idea-swapping, and mutual mentoring. Opening our classrooms provides a way for us to share teaching methods and techniques with each other, initiate new collaborations, discuss challenges and solutions, and learn about innovative pedagogies, inside and outside our home departments and disciplines. 

If you are willing to open your classroom to your faculty colleagues, please complete this application. Upon receipt of your application, classes open for visitors will be posted to the TLC website. Would-be visitors to face to face classrooms will be expected to confirm their visit to your class at least two days in advance; visitors to online classrooms will be granted observer privileges.

Shared Interest Groups

Note: During the disruption of University operations due to COVID-19, Shared Interest Groups may meet online or in person, in keeping with Centers for Disease Control guidelines regarding physical distance.

A Shared Interest Group is a learning-and-doing community of faculty, staff, and students focused on a question, theme, or approach in teaching and learning that matters to its members. SIGs are established on the basis of demonstrated interest, in consultation with the TLC, to (1) identity the issue, problem, or approach on which it wishes to focus and (2) determine group expectations and outcomes. Upon establishment of the group, members of the SIG commit themselves to the success of the group until the completion of the expectations and outcomes determined at its charter. As funding allows, the TLC will support SIGs with refreshments, resources, stipends, and/or travel funds. Once the group has achieved its expectations and outcomes, it will share its accomplishments with the University community.

SIGs may undertake the following activities:

  • Reviewing and discussing current scholarship relevant to the SIG’s focus,
  • Sharing and reflecting on classroom experiences and successes,
  • Team-teaching or visiting SIG members’ classrooms,
  • Creating or redesigning classes or curricula by incorporating high-impact teaching practices,
  • Establishing and sharing best practices,
  • Exploring policies or programs to improve teaching and learning,
  • Traveling to conferences or professional development institutes,
  • Conducting and publishing research,
  • Leading workshops or webinars that promote professional and/or scholarly development, and/or
  • Undertaking other activities as desired.

Since the inception in 2017 of SIGs, UNCP faculty, staff, and students have collaborated in these areas:

  • Faculty who taught BIO 1000: Principles of Biology remapped course syllabi, adopted new learning goals and objectives, and shared teaching activities; TLC HAWK Assistant Wanya Ward, a Biology major and member of the SIG, presented related research, "Co-Teaching in Higher Education: A Student's Perspective," at the 2019 international conference of POD Network.
  • Faculty in American Indian Studies, Biology, and Nursing collaborated to engage students in multidisciplinary explorations of food sovereignty, featuring classroom lectures and guest speakers and engaging participating faculty in conference presentations and co-written scholarship for publication.

During AY2020-2021, SIGs will address issues of culturally responsive teaching and learning, globalizing the curriculum, teaching and learning in Honors, and working-class and first-generation students. 

This table lists the names of Shared Interest Groups, their conveners, what they have done, and what they plan to do.
SIG Focus and Convener(s) What the SIG Has Accomplished What the SIG Plans to Accomplish
Culturally Competent & Responsive Teaching and Learning, convened by Camille Goins ( and Leslie Locklear (    
Globalizing the Curriculum, convened by Cathy Lee Arcuino ( Together, SIG members shared and reflected on classroom experiences and successes, shared best practices, and explored policies or programs to improve teaching and learning, highlighted by a presentation and workshop by vice president Dawn Michelle Whitehead of the Association of American Colleges & Universities in February 2020. The SIG will continue to share and reflect on classroom experiences and successes, explore policies or programs to improve teaching and learning, and lead workshops that promote profession and scholarly development, in particular in ways that respond to the challenges of Covid-19 and its impact on global engagement.
Honors Teaching & Learning, convened by Teagan Decker ( Together, SIG members met monthly, discussed Honors pedagogy, and shared teaching experiences and ideas. The SIG will continue to review and discuss current scholarship, share and reflect on classroom experiences and successes, establish and share best practices, and explore policies or programs to improve teaching and learning in the Esther G. Maynor Honors College.

All interested faculty, staff, and students are invited to join; to do so, contact the convener(s) of the group(s) in which you are interested. To learn more about SIGs, please contact TLC director Scott Hicks at (910) 775-4032 or; to establish a new SIG, please complete an application.