Faculty Commons Vision, Mission, and Strategic Directions

Vision

The Faculty Commons will foster a community of teacher scholars promoting excellence in teaching and learning, and other forms of scholarship.

Mission

The Faculty Commons is dedicated to the continual enrichment of the culture of teaching and learning. It seeks to

  • Promote the development of knowledge and the exchange of experiences in a responsive, supportive, and confidential setting;
  • Assist faculty with tailored teaching strategies;
  • Provide leadership and support for multiple forms of scholarship;
  • Support and advance the effective and appropriate use of technology in teaching and learning;
  • Serve as a centralized resource for faculty support and information.

Strategic Directions

  • To the advance research and innovation in Teaching and Learning
  • To expand faculty development to enhance student learning;
  • To expand the role of the Faculty Commons as a central resource for support and information for all faculty both on and off campus;
  • To facilitate the effectiveness of technology in teaching and learning;
  • To provide support or facilitate events and opportunities for collaboration and conversation among faculty and students;
  • To support the successful implementation and fulfillment of the QEP and UNC Tomorrow.

Strategic Goals

  1. To advance research and innovation in Teaching and Learning.

    1. Promote initiatives that advance the broad understanding and practice of SoTL.
    2. Provide tools and support for scholarship as defined by the Boyer model.
    3. Engage in and promote opportunities for peer-reviewed SoTL publications and presentations.
    4. Engage in mutually beneficial collaboration with scholars in other state, national, and international programs.

  2. To expand faculty development to enhance student learning.

    1. Provide collaborative opportunities that motivate and support faculty to enhance learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. 
    2. Foster the integration of technology with teaching and learning. 
    3. Tailor individual faculty development services in order to accommodate a range of needs and talents. 
    4. Provide a variety of formative assessment opportunities for adapting and improving instructional quality.
    5. Encourage and model innovation in teaching and learning.

  3. To expand the role of the Coulter Faculty Commons as a central resource for support and information for all faculty both on and off campus.

    1. Create effective electronic resources for faculty support.
    2. Promote awareness of and participation in Commons events.
    3. Effectively use a weekly e-mail to briefly announce CFC events.
    4. Create and update a variety of self-help training material for all faculty.
    5. Continue to refine and support the 24/7 telephone support for the Learning Management System.
    6. Maintain the visibility of the Commons through the director’s advocacy role on campus.

  4. To facilitate the effectiveness and efficiency of technology in teaching and learning;

    1. Bring together CFC staff with instructional technology expertise and those with pedagogical expertise to work with faculty in a team approach to choose appropriate technologies for teaching and learning.
    2. Explore, introduce and model effective use of appropriate technology.
    3. Provide effective user support and training for technology in teaching.
    4. Maintain a reliable and robust online learning infrastructure.
    5. Support distance education initiatives.

  5. To provide support or facilitate events and opportunities for collaboration and conversation among faculty and students.

    1. Provide opportunities for faculty to gather and collaborate in a professional and social setting.
    2. Involve students in appropriate events and opportunities to share a student voice with faculty.
    3. Partner with other university organizations to plan and implement events for the shared interest of students, staff, and faculty.

  6. To support the successful implementation and fulfillment of the QEP and UNC Tomorrow.

    1. Provide faculty support toward instruction to implement UNC Tomorrow and QEP learning outcomes inside and outside the classroom.
    2. Provide faculty training and technology support for the QEP briefcase.
    3. Support student and faculty collaborative research as outlined in the QEP.
 

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