Celebration of Teaching & Learning

"UNC Pembroke exists to promote excellence in teaching and learning, at the master’s and undergraduate levels, in an environment of free inquiry, interdisciplinary collaboration, and rigorous intellectual standards," our mission proclaims. This year's Celebration of Teaching & Learning showcases the innovations and collaborations in teaching and learning that enrich our classrooms, make good on our commitment to personalized education, and prepare our students for life and leadership in an increasingly diverse, global society. Please join us for these opportunities for professional and personal growth!

Innovations in Teaching & Learning (Posters)
Dennis Edgell, PhD (Geology & Geography), and Enrique Porrúa, PhD (English, Theatre & Foreign Languages)
Opening Reception, April 8, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; on display, April 8 to 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hickory Hall

Session Description: These posters showcase innovations in teaching and learning in geography and foreign languages. Professor Edgell’s poster describes the transformation of an upper-level geography course, Geography of North America, from lecture to active learning with an emphasis on research and writing. Professor Porrúa’s poster draws on his experience teaching foreign languages at diverse institutions to argue for and reflect on pedagogies in foreign languages that are responsive to and informed by students.

Learning Outcomes and Target Audience: Attendees will gain ideas and strategies for transforming their teaching and learning. Faculty who teach specialized courses in their disciplines are especially encouraged to attend.

“CURES for Core Courses”
Renee Lamphere, PhD (Sociology & Criminal Justice), Maria Pereira (Biology), and Conner Sandefur, PhD (Biology)
Monday, April 8, 10 to 11 a.m., 208 Chavis UC

Session Description: In summer 2018, professors Lamphere, Pereira, and Sandefur attended a National Science Foundation grant-supported workshop on developing course based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), which led to the development and implementation of two separate CURE courses: BIO 3180: Principles of Genetics (Laboratory) and CRJ 2000: Introduction to Criminal Justice. In this panel, professors Lamphere, Pereira, and Sandefur will discuss the development and implementation of their individual CUREs based on their summer workshop experiences. They will outline a general plan for CURE development based on their experiences, in the hope that this panel will encourage others to develop CUREs.

Learning Outcomes and Target Audience: Attendees will be able to identify and describe a CURE, apply examples of CUREs in life sciences and social sciences to their disciplines, observe the importance of aligning student and research goals, and review examples of effective CURE assignments. Faculty interested in incorporating high-impact undergraduate research activities in their classes are especially encouraged to attend.

"Hare We Go!”: Deploying Films as Historical Texts in the First-year Classroom
Charles Beem, PhD (History)
Tuesday, April 9, 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., 125 Dial Bldg.

Session Description: Film possesses the ability to create visual representations of history beyond the scope of the written word. As a technological form, film inhabits a variety of contexts; as science and art, as a purveyor of popular mass culture, and as a means to construct historical narratives. In freshmen history surveys such as my World Civilizations class, whose chronological framework is a runaway train covering the entire pre-modern world, historical films can be an effective enticement for getting students to think about history and apply their innate critical skills to its study. In this class, the term paper consists of a scholarly analysis of an historical film, as students assess its value as an historical text.

Learning Outcomes and Target Audience: Attendees will consider opportunities for incorporating film in their courses and recognize methods for revising existing assignments. Faculty who teach in American Indian Studies; English, Theatre & Foreign Languages; History; Mass Communication; and Philosophy & Religion are especially encouraged to attend.  

Open Classroom: World Literature Book Fair
Autumn Lauzon, PhD (English, Theatre & Foreign Languages)
April 9 and 11, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., 125 Dial Bldg.

Session Description: This semester, English, Theatre & Foreign Languages professor Autumn Lauzon wanted to completely revamp the final project for her ENG 2060: World Literature after 1660 class that could go beyond the page and beyond her as the primary audience. Instead of writing a traditional paper, students will be working on individual projects that nonetheless require them to meet the course objectives of a 2000-level literature course but give them more autonomy in what they’re learning and interested in and ask them to share their learning with a much wider audience—our college campus and community. Each student has chosen a contemporary text from a country they’re interested in (excluding the United States, England, and/or their country of birth). Their final project and essay then require them to perform multiple tasks: textual analysis, cultural analysis, critical analysis, and reception studies. Throughout April, the class will transform into an active, hands-on course, with students working in class on this project. The culmination of this project will be an “information fair” where students will set up stations and offer information and answers for attendees about their chosen texts. Visitors to this open classroom will witness the transformation of a final research essay into an active, living project that encounters an audience of more than just the grader.

Learning Outcomes and Target Audience: Attendees will be inspired to think beyond traditional ways they have been taught to educate students and share information. Faculty interested in transforming conventional assignments into collaborative, student-driven, multimodal activities are especially encouraged to attend.

Literacy Disrupted But Not Defeated: Service-Learning at Prospect School after Hurricane Florence
Laura Staal, PhD (Educational Leadership & Specialties), Samantha Carson, Codi Pait, Briana Bradley-Chaves, Araceli Cruz, and Michaela Reynolds
April 9, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 251 Chavis UC

Session Description: This presentation highlights the leadership and involvement of professor Laura Staal and her students in a successful literacy service learning partnership, now in its seventh year. Panelists will discuss the partnership’s beginnings, its organization, and the challenges they have faced, such as the closure of the Public Schools of Robeson County for 24 instructional days in fall 2018 because of Hurricane Florence.

Learning Outcomes and Target Audience: Participants will gain knowledge of successful literacy initiatives and strategies and will engage with the presenters through personal stories, pictures, and discussions. Faculty who teach in Education and English, Theatre & Foreign Languages and faculty and staff who participate in or are interested in participating in service-learning are especially encouraged to attend.

Collaborative Classrooms: The New Frontier
James Lewis (Division of Information Technology)
April 10, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., 222 Education Bldg.

Session Description: Join UNCP's Division of Information Technology on our journey to redefine our learning space experience. As an NC Promise school, we are charged to find a solution to an explosion of incoming students with limited physical classroom spaces--without compromising the typical classroom experience. Along our journey, we are challenged with pedagogical changes introduced by new and innovative faculty, including an increasing number of hybrid and online courses. Faced with limited support staff and very little funding, we have embarked on a mission to create a standardized, supportable technology platform that also provides innovative learning experience for our faculty and students.

Learning Outcomes and Target Audience: Attendees will observe and practice using classroom technologies that create innovating learning experiences for faculty and students. Faculty interested in reaching off-campus students and bringing guest lecturers into the classroom via video conferencing are especially encouraged to attend.

Tell Your Story with Sway
Marquitta Patterson with James Lewis and Tatyana Bell (Division of Information Technology)
April 10, 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., 223 Education Bldg.

Session Description: Presentation time is approaching! Let Marquitta Patterson and James Lewis of the Division of Information Technology show you a tool that will work for you and your students alike to tell your story. Part of the Office 365 suite, Sway helps you gather, format, and share presentations on an interactive, web-based canvas that looks great on any device. Sway does all the formatting, themes, fonts, and more with its built-in design engine. All you have to do is put in your content, sit back, and let Sway take care of the rest.

Learning Outcomes and Target Audience: Attendees will observe and practice the use of Sway for producing digital newsletters, presentations, portfolios, and other content. Faculty, staff, and students who wish to become proficient in an easy-to-use publication digital publication tool are especially encouraged to attend.

Partners in Pedagogy: Collaborative Teaching in the Composition Classroom (RSVP required)
Hannah Baggott Anderson, MFA, and Autumn Lauzon, PhD (English, Theatre & Foreign Languages)
April 11, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Hickory Hall Conference Room

Session Description: This panel and luncheon highlights the power of building courses in partnership. First, professors Baggott Anderson and Lauzon will describe and discuss their objectives in theme-based materials, service-learning components, collaborative lesson planning, and course structure. Then, they will reflect on how their partnership helps them remain active and engaged with their pedagogical choices and with their students. Finally, panelists and attendees will exchange ideas and questions based on teaching in partnership.

Learning Outcomes and Target Audience: Attendees will learn how to approach collaborative lesson-planning and create partnerships that foster reflection and relationship-building with colleagues. Faculty who teach General Education classes are especially encouraged to attend.

N.B. This session features a lunch for all attendees and thus requires registration. You may reserve your place by emailing scott.hicks@uncp.edu no later than noon April 4. In your message, please indicate your choice of lunch: Aztec Pollo Asado Box (slow-roasted Mexican seasoned chicken with an aztec grain salad, pico de gallo, and corn chips), Chicken Schwarma Box (chicken; pickled carrots, cucumbers, and onions; hummus; mini pitas; and Chermoula yogurt dipping sauce), or Orange, Strawberry, and Pecan Salad (salad of oranges, strawberries, candied pecans, blue cheese, roasted fennel, Balsamic vinaigrette, and crushed red pepper).

Syllabus Transformations
Joshua Busman, PhD (Music); Karen Granger, EdD (Teacher Education); Kayonna Pitchford, PhD (Teacher Education); Enrique Porrúa, PhD (English, Theatre & Foreign Languages); Crystal Walline, PhD (Biology); and Jennifer Whittington, EdD (Teacher Education)
April 12, 11:15 a.m. to 12 noon, 251 Chavis UC

Session Description: During this panel and workshop, recipients of 2018 Grants for Syllabus Transformation will share how they transformed their syllabi for greater student success and engagement--and, in small groups, help participants transform their own syllabi. Attendees of this session should bring a syllabus (or two) they are interested in sharing with others and reworking.

Learning Outcomes and Target Audience: Attendees will observe effective strategies of syllabus transformation and apply these strategies to their own syllabi, in collaboration with others. Faculty who wish to rework their syllabi with support from their colleagues in Academic and Student Affairs are especially encouraged to attend.

"Third-Party Vendors and What They Can Offer”
Dean Irene Aiken, PhD (Graduate School), Nick Arena, MBA (Management, Marketing & International Business), and Christine Bell, MBA (School of Business)
Friday, April 12, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., 251 Chavis UC

Session Description: The UNCP Master of Business Administration program began a partnership with a third-party vendor to assist with recruitment and enrollment efforts. As a result, our MBA online program moved to an accelerated seven-week format with six start dates a year. Through the agreement, the vendor provides faculty training, marketing, and recruitment for the program. Although our MBA program was experiencing healthy growth already, during the first full year of the accelerated program enrollment grew by 210 percent. Through another partnership, vetted, experienced coaches are hired, allowing faculty to teach large numbers of students. Course design is consistent across all courses based on best practices, but the School of Business faculty member who is the instructor of record is solely responsible for program and course content and delivery. During this session, you can learn about the experience from MBA program Director Christine Bell, senior lecturer Nick Arena, and Graduate School Dean Irene Aiken.

Learning Outcomes and Target Audience: Attendees will better understand how to partner with a third-party vendor to deliver academic programs fully online.

"Third-Fridays Book of the Month Club: José Antonio Bowen, Teaching Naked (2012)" (RSVP Required)
Scott Hicks, PhD (Teaching & Learning Center and English, Theatre & Foreign Languages)
Friday, April 12, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., 251 Chavis UC

Session Description: The Third-Fridays Book of the Month Club is an ongoing faculty, staff, and student learning circle who meet to discuss, in person and online, a selected book, article, or dataset chosen by the TLC consistent with its mission. Facilitators, like participants, are learners; a guiding principle of the learning circle is that no one is, or need be, an expert. All members are encouraged to share, listen, and reflect, connecting with colleagues from all areas of campus. This month's club features José Antonio Bowen's Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of Your Classroom Will Improve Student Learning (2012), winner of the American Association of Colleges & Universities Ness Award for Best Book in Higher Education in 2013 for its illustration of using technology outside the classroom and preparing students for meaningful interaction with faculty and each other. To learn more about Bowen, listen to this podcast.

Learning Outcomes and Target Audience: Participants will identify, explore, develop, and apply effective and impactful pedagogies and teaching techniques and collaborate with peers to advance and cultivate enhanced pedagogies and teaching techniques. Faculty, staff, and students engaged in personal, academic, and professional growth in excellence in teaching and learning are especially encouraged to attend.

N.B. This session provides a free copy of Bowen's book to all participants and thus requires registration. You may reserve your place by emailing scott.hicks@uncp.edu no later than March 29.

Accessibility Statement: UNC Pembroke is committed to having an accessible campus for individuals with disabilities. To request information regarding accessibility, or for an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) please contact Scott Hicks at (910) 775-4032 or scott.hicks@uncp.edu at least 10 business days prior to programming. A good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations for requests made less than 10 business days in advance.