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Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)

Contact CTL

Address:
Room 303 Hunt Memorial Library
Fort Valley State University
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA 31030
Director:
Dr. Ian Toppin
toppini@fvsu.edu
(478) 822-6991 (Office)
(478) 825-3357 (FAX)

Mission Statement

The mission of the CTL is to provide pedagogy, technology, and professional development support to faculty, and thereby aspire to enhance the teaching and learning environment at FVSU.

Events

USG Virtual Training
A number of training opportunities are available through USG Faculty Development Office. Click the following link for a list and to register for upcoming virtual training sessions:
Register for Virtual Training Sessions

Research Day
Promotes Student Research and Oral Presentations at FVSU (Spring Semester)
Research Day Program 2012
Research Day Program 2013
Research Day Program 2014

Critical Thinking Day
(Spring Semester)
Critical Thinking Day Program 2012
Critical Thinking Day Program 2013
Critical Thinking Day Program 2014

Celebration of Scholarship
Celebration of Scholarship Day 2013
Celebration of Scholarship Day 2014

Reminders
Reminders about upcoming faculty professional development training events are sent through faculty emails. These events are generally scheduled at 11:00 am on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

Conferences

Georgia Conference on College and University Teaching
Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology (SETOP)
The Clute Institute Conferences
American Political Science Association(APSA)
The Critical Thinking Community Conferences
National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) Conferences
EDUCAUSE
Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning
Lilly Conferences on College & University Teaching

Journals

FVSU-Journal of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (JTLS):
FVSU Journals
A list of Journals which publish in various areas of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Journals on CTL
Online Journals

Grants

Grant opportunities are available through:

The National Schience Foundation (NSF)
US Department of Education
Federal Grant-Making Agencies

Faculty Awards

President's Distinguished Faculty Award
This is FVSU’s most prestigious faculty award. It is presented to a single deserving full-time faculty member during the commencement ceremony each year. The award is determined by the president with advisory input. The recipient of this award will receive all the honors associated with it, and will be expected to serve as a faculty mentor in their area of specialization.

Administrative Faculty Awards

This award is given to administrative faculty in order to recognize, reward, and promote excellence in both teaching and administration. Any full-time FVSU faculty or administrator may nominate their full-time colleague, but the colleague must be in favor of being nominated. No self-nominations are accepted.

The nomination packet should include: (1) A reflective statement about the nominee’s capacity to excel in both teaching and administrative roles (1-2 pages); (2) Two letters of support, one from faculty and one from staff, on the nominee's accomplishments. (Note: Each letter should describe the nominee’s performance in administrative and teaching roles; (3) Two letters of support from the nominee’s students, specifically describing how they benefitted from being in the nominee’s class or under their advisement. At least one letter should be from a current student.

A small set of documents that provide evidence of the nominee's teaching and administrative success (e.g. course syllabi, handouts, descriptions of evaluation methods, examinations, summaries of either recent student evaluations or administrative evaluations, data showing the success of the nominee's students, etc. (not to exceed 4 pages).

If all required items are not submitted by the deadline, the respective nominee will no longer qualify for this award.

Teaching Excellence Awards

This award is given to faculty in order to recognize, reward, and promote excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession. Any full-time FVSU faculty may nominate their full-time colleague, but the colleague must be in favor of being nominated. No self-nominations are accepted.

The nomination packet should include: (1) A reflective statement about the nominee’s teaching philosophy and practice (1-2 pages); (2) Two letters of support from colleagues qualified to comment on the nominee's teaching. One letter must be from the chair of the nominee’s department. (Note: Each letter should describe how the nominee teaches and why s/he is especially effective in advancing student learning and success); (3) Two letters of support from the nominee’s students, specifically describing how they benefitted from being in the nominee’s class. At least one letter should be from a current student.

A small set of documents that provide evidence of the nominee's teaching success (e.g. course syllabi, handouts, descriptions of evaluation methods, examinations, summaries of recent student evaluations, data showing the success of the nominee's students, etc. (not to exceed 4 pages).

If all required items are not submitted by the deadline, the respective nominee will no longer qualify for this award.

Research Excellence Awards

This award is given in recognition of FVSU faculty (Full-time, or Part-time), who has a sustained publishing agenda in refereed publications. Published material must be within the academic year of the award (material under review will not be considered, nor will those in years other than the academic year of the award).

This award also recognizes those who received significant grant funding during the academic year of the award.

Any full-time FVSU faculty may nominate their full-time colleague, and self-nominations are accepted for these awards.

Nominations should include:

For Publications: (1) A summary (Abstract) of the article; (2) Statement of relevance to the nominee’s academic discipline and to student success; (3) If available, a copy, or link to the published material (including publication date, which must be within the academic year for which the recognition awards are given); (4) Contact information for the publisher; (5) Brief statement summarizing the refereeing process.

For Grant Funding: (1) A brief summary of the purpose of the grant, identifying the funding source, amount, and duration; (2) A copy of the grant approval letter received within the academic year for which awards are given. Multi-year grants will not be recognized multiple times. (3) Describe expected outcomes of the funding and how those outcomes relate to the mission of enhancing FVSU and student success.

If all required items are not submitted by the deadline, the respective nominee will no longer qualify for this award.

Service Excellence Awards

This award is given to faculty to recognize and reward exceptional service to FVSU students, FVSU, Fort Valley community, the State of Georgia, and/ or the Country.

Any full-time FVSU faculty may nominate their full-time colleague, and self-nominations are accepted for this award.

Nominations should include: a one-page narrative describing how the nominee 1) creates a friendly, can-do environment at FVSU; 2) communicates in a pleasant and helpful manner with students, colleagues and community; and 3) goes the “extra-mile” to assist students and colleagues at FVSU

The nomination should include documentation showing excellence in these four areas: 1) the department 2) the college 3) the university at large 4) the community.

At least two letters of support from colleagues – at least one FVSU employee and one external colleague to whom excellent service was rendered – who are qualified to comment on the nominee's delivery of exceptional service in the four areas listed above. (Exceptional service is defined as that which in some way transformed the service environment, and produced positive results, which were acknowledged in verbal or practical ways beyond this award).

If all required items are not submitted by the deadline, the respective nominee will no longer qualify for this award.

Services

Equipment Loans
The CTL can facilitate equipment loans on a limited, first-come first-serve basis for faculty who need temporary access to a laptop, ipad, camera, or projector. Where possible, please submit your request at least one week prior to the date you need the equipment.

Videotaped Class Observations
If invited the CTL can use an un-invasive flip video camera to record your class and provide the video to you at the end of class, along with an evaluation form so that faculty can review the video and use the form to evaluate their own teaching. Feedback from and consultation with the CTL is only provided at faculty’s request. Contact us to make an observation appointment.

Travel Funding Assistance
While the CTL does not provide travel funding, faculty will be contacted by CTL after their funding has been approved by the Office of Academic Affairs. This follow-up is to assist with meeting the information dissemination requirement for all travel funded using Title III funds. The CTL will assist faculty with facilitating either campus-wide, or departmental information dissemination events.

Publishing
CTL has launched a refereed academic journal at FVSU. Faculty from across disciplines and institutions are invited to submit manuscripts and articles, which may be published if they meet the review criteria.

Newsletter

November 2014 Newsletter

December 2014 Newsletter

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