Goal 2: Enhance and promote excellence in scholarship, creativity and teaching

Action Strategy 2.1.1: Expand interdisciplinary course offerings
Status Update
  • Discussing option to offer cohort sections of classes - PHIL 2020 Critical Thinking and Reasoning and MATH 2010 Logic or Psychology and Writing courses
  • Exploring possibility of offering a STEM concentration in the Interdisciplinary Studies degree and a Neurobiology concentration as part of the BS in Biology or Psychology
  • Deactivated the AS Clinical Laboratory Technology Program with the intention of moving toward a bachelor's level program in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) by offering a concentration within the Pre-Professional Biology Baccalaureate degree program
Action Strategy 2.2.1: Encourage use of technology to foster interactive teaching and creative use of eBooks and other electronic tools

Status Update
  • Implemented a spring 2016 pilot of the Mobile Teaching Unit (a head/chest mounted GoPro camera used to record or stream lectures, activities or classroom experiences)
  • Promoting the use of Blackboard Collaborate and other online instructional tools
  • Evaluating Connected Classrooms Solutions (Distance learning)
  • Implementing/adopting eBooks and other Open Educational Resources throughout core courses
Action Strategy 2.2.2: Provide Professional development through CTL to support reflective and experiential teaching
Status Update
  • Prepared a CCGA Center for Teaching & Learning prospectus formulated by the CTL subcommittee of the Faculty Development Committee
Action Strategy 2.4.1: Provide faculty with opportunities to consult with grant-writing experts
Status Update
  • Providing application forms online and training on the grant application process
  • Reduced tenured and tenure-track faculty teaching loads of 12 credit hours per semester as opposed to 15 credit hours per semester for non-tenure track faculty
  • Seeing an increase in departments/Schools taking the initiative to apply for grants on their own
Action Strategy 2.4.2: Incentivize funded research activity (e.g. reduced teaching assignments) to increase faculty scholarly productivity
Status Update
  • Reduced tenured and tenure-track faculty teaching loads of 12 credit hours per semester as opposed to 15 credit hours per semester for non-tenure track faculty
  • Encouraging faculty to apply for Summer Fellowships – Innovative Projects and Research/External Grants
  • Offering courses in Research Independent Study (most Schools/Departments)
Action Strategy 2.4.3: Host annual research colloquia to allow faculty members to engage and interact with teaching scholars from diverse backgrounds
Status Update
  • Hosted annual research colloquia to allow faculty members to engage and interact with teaching scholars from diverse backgrounds
  • Solidified several research programs – Coastal Scholars, Symposium on Undergraduate Research Creative Expression (SOURCE), Coastal Ecology Symposium, Symposium on Service-Learning, Gullah Geechee Symposium
  • Proposing a Symposium on Cyber Security – School of Business & Public Management
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