Faculty Development

Faculty Development is an integral component of academic excellence at College of Coastal Georgia. In spring 2017, the Faculty Senate and Office of Academic Affairs approved the creation of a Center for Teaching and Learning that would work with other groups and offices on campus to ensure a robust development program for faculty. At present, the Center for Teaching and Learning works with:


A major annual event is the Coastal Scholars Showcase. The 2020 showcase will be on February 6 - 7, 2020. Click here for the event schedule.

For more questions on the Center for Teaching and Learning, contact Dr. Laura Lynch, Assistant Vice President for Faculty Affairs.

As an institution of the University System of Georgia, College of Coastal Georgia also benefits from the resources of the USG’s Office of Faculty Development, which provides a variety of faculty development activities and resources, including a Youtube page with recorded webinars.

Promotion and Tenure

Faculty eligible for promotion, tenure, and post-tenure review submit portfolios that are reviewed by the department chair, school dean, the promotion and tenure committee, and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Faculty applying for promotion and tenure have their portfolios additionally reviewed by the President.

Faculty in tenure-track positions also go through a pre-tenure review process three years prior to being eligible for tenure to ensure they are on track for receiving tenure. The pre-tenure review process requires faculty to submit portfolios that are reviewed by the department chair, school dean, and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

For further information, including requirements for the pre-tenure, promotion, tenure, and post-tenure portfolios, see the Faculty Handbook.

The 2019-2020 Promotion and Tenure Committee, which consists of representatives from each department/school, is:
  • Dr. Robert Bleil, Department of Arts & Humanities
  • Dr. Charlsie Myers, Department of Social Sciences
  • Dr. Jose Lugo, Department of Mathematics
  • Dr. Gerard White, Department of Natural Sciences
  • Dr. Claire Hughes, Department of Education and Teacher Preparation
  • Ms. Dawanna Gibbs, School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Dr. T. David Reese, School of Business and Public Management

To assist faculty in these processes, the Office of Academic Affairs holds workshops during launch week as well as a mandatory information meeting each October for all faculty eligible for pre-tenure, promotion, tenure, and post-tenure. The information meeting includes a panel of faculty from the Promotion and Tenure committee and faculty who have recently gone through the process.

The Office of Academic Affairs additionally holds technical trainings for those working on promotion/pre-tenure/tenure/post-tenure portfolios:

Microsoft Excel Workshop (for summarizing course evaluation data)
Adobe Pro Workshop (for electronic submission of portfolio)

Contact the Office of Academic Affairs for additional information.

Faculty Conference Opportunities

College of Coastal Georgia faculty are encouraged to travel to conferences locally, regionally, nationally, and even internationally. Travel money is available for all faculty interested in attending conferences as part of their scholarship agenda or for professional development. Details on travel policies and forms can be found on the Business Office's website.

Below are several annual regional conferences and meetings. Kennesaw State University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning maintains a database of teaching conferences available at https://cetl.kennesaw.edu/teaching-conferences-directory. KSU's CETL also maintains a database of teaching journals available at https://cetl.kennesaw.edu/teaching-journals-directory.


College of Coastal Georgia Coastal Scholars Showcase

Thursday and Friday, February 6 - 7, 2020
Proposal Submission Deadline EXTENDED: January 13, 2020

Organized by the Faculty Development Committee, the purpose and goal of the showcase is to provide opportunities for faculty and staff to present their scholarship (broadly defined, including creative expression) to colleagues, students, and community members; to recognize faculty and staff for publications and creative works; and to create a collaborative environment where faculty and staff will share and learn from each other's experiences and grow ideas for future scholarship. There are multiple modes of participation: presentation, performance, gallery walks, poster session, and panel discussion. In addition, faculty and staff are invited to have their publication citations added to the Coastal Scholars Institutional Repository. For more information and to submit a proposal, check out the Call for Proposals.

SoTL Commons Conference in Savannah

Wednesday and Friday, February 19 - 21, 2020
Proposal Submission Deadline (last year): September 17, 2019

The SoTL Commons is an international conference with an intimate feel – listen to high quality presentations from nationally and internationally recognized speakers and join in conversations on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) with a community of scholars from around the world.
Since 2007, the SoTL Commons Conference has been hosted in historic downtown Savannah, Georgia by the Georgia Southern University Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). For more information, visit https://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/sotlgsu/comm....

Teaching Matters at Gordon State College

Thursday and Friday, March 12 – 13, 2019
Proposal Submission Deadline: January 17, 2020

Teaching Matters is celebrating its eighteenth annual interdisciplinary conference at Gordon State College on its main campus (Barnesville, Georgia). Presentations/discussions will focus on innovative and creative pedagogical methods, approaches to various texts and/or concepts, and theories. The conference is open to all of those who have a passion for pedagogy; conference presentations are designed so that educators can share ideas and strategies that promote student success, student engagement, and active learning. For more information, visit http://www.gordonstate.edu/teachingmatters/home.

Gulf South Summit Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Conference hosted by Belmont University

Wednesday through Friday, March 25 - 27, 2020
Proposal Submission Deadline: October 14, 2019

The mission of the Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education is to promote networking among practitioners, research, ethical practices, reciprocal campus-community partnerships, sustainable programs, and a culture of engagement and public awareness through service-learning and other forms of civic engagement. For more information, visit http://www.gulfsouthsummit.org/.

USG Teaching & Learning Conference in Athens, GA

Wednesday through Friday, April 7 – 9, 2020
Proposal Submission Deadline: EXTENDED to December 31, 2019

This conference brings together faculty, staff, and outstanding students to share ideas and experiences related to Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning. Conference participants and presenters come from the University System of Georgia and from higher and postsecondary institutions and organizations across the United States. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Elements of the USG Momentum Approach
  • Developing Students’ Critical Thinking Skills
  • Distance Learning/Blended Learning
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP)
  • Collaborative Models
  • Innovations in Instructional Technology
  • Faculty Learning Communities
  • Gateway Course Redesign
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

For more information, visit the Teaching & Learning Conference website.

Past Conferences

LEAP Georgia Conference at Georgia College and State University

Monday, November 5, 2018

This one-day conference is in its inaugural year and is planned to become an annual event focusing on the initiatives and ideas of LEAP (Liberal Education and America's Promise). For more information, visit https://frontpage.gcsu.edu/announcement/inaugural-....

Research on Teaching and Learning Summit (ROTL) at Kennesaw State University

Friday, October 18, 2019
Proposal Submission Deadline: August 31, 2018 for posters/April 30, 2018 for presentations

ROTL is an interdisciplinary conference to discuss and share experiences and innovative teaching techniques. The Summit offers concurrent sessions on cutting-edge issues in pedagogy and student learning in a relaxed, congenial atmosphere. There are also opportunities for participants to network with fellow educators. Participants report that they have learned many new ideas they were able to bring back to campus, and that they have been energized by interacting with a collegial community of educators invested in excellent teaching. For more information or to register, visit https://www.rotlsummit.com/2019/registration.

Innovation in Teaching Conference at University of Georgia

Friday, October 25, 2019
Proposal Submission Deadline: August 30, 2019

The Innovation in Teaching Conference highlights innovative teaching practices among educators. During this one-day conference, participants share and attend presentations designed to showcase outstanding teaching and new pedagogical approaches in all educational domains. Entering its fifth year the conference continues to expand, asking attendees to share and take-away ideas and practices that address the "what's next" that pushes us to strive for excellence in education. For more information, visit https://calendar.uga.edu/event/2019_innovation_in_....

Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching & Learning Conference in Savannah, GA

Friday, January 31, 2020
Proposal Submission Deadline: November 12, 2019

The purpose of the Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching & Learning Conference is to authentically engage student centered instructional best practices where students learn to think critically to address local, regional, national and global challenges in STEM courses across Georgia’s institutions of higher education. It will provide space for showcasing and discussing the work that is happening to advance STEM teaching and learning. Participants are invited from all USG and Southeast regional colleges and universities, private higher education institutions, research institutions, and K-12 schools. For more information, visit http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ce/conference....

Statewide Fellows and Awards Programs


Regents Teaching Excellence Awards: Application Deadline for 2020 Regents Awards is November 1, 2019

Nominations open on August 1, 2019. There are six categories of Regents Awards (click the category for more information):

  1. Teaching Excellence Awards for Department or Program
  2. Teaching Excellence Awards for Online Teaching
  3. Felton Jenkins, Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Awards
  4. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Awards
  5. Momentum Year Award for Excellence in Teaching and Curricular Innovation
  6. Momentum Year Award for Excellence in Advising and Student Success

To apply, submit all application materials (except a letter from the Chief Academic Officer) to Dr. Laura Lynch (deadline TBA - likely on/before October 1). Once all application materials are received,

  • the Deans Council will review applications for Categories 1 and 6, and
  • the Faculty Development Committee will review applications for Categories 2 – 5 and forward a recommendation to the Deans Council.

Academic Affairs will then prepare nomination letters in time for the USG nomination deadline in November.


Past Deadlines

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Fellows: Application Deadline for 2018-2019 SoTL Fellows was October 20, 2017

This system-wide fellows program will foster a community of learners around the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and provide support while participants design and implement a classroom-based research project. During the length of the program, participants will:

  • Craft research questions to explore their topic of interest
  • Determine type(s) of data needed
  • Determine appropriate methods and analysis
  • Collect data
  • Learn how to analyze data, write up results and conclusions, and prepare manuscripts for publication

Throughout the course of the fellowship, participants will also become familiar with existing scholarly research on teaching and learning and will be encouraged to develop a long-term SoTL research agenda of their own. Equally important, participants will come away with resources that they can use and share on their own campuses as SoTL mentors and advocates. Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a $500 honorarium.

To apply, submit the application materials to Dr. Laura Lynch by October 20. Once all application materials are received, the Faculty Development Committee will review and forward a recommendation to Ms. Hampton by the November USG deadline. For more information, please see the USG SoTL webpage. Also, Dr. Courtenay Miller was the 2016-2017 SoTL fellow from CCGA and is happy to share her experiences.


Governor’s Teaching Fellows: Application Deadline in January/March 2018

Academic Year Symposia Program: Deadline to Apply is March 23, 2018. This program allows participants to attend three-day symposia held six times over the academic year while also engaging in instructional improvement projects on their home campuses. The symposia include a combination of structured instructional and faculty development activities as well as self-directed activities designed to meet individual needs. Participants receive a stipend for each day of full participation on campus to assist with travel expenses and meals. Lodging is provided by the Governor's Teaching Fellows Program.

Summer Symposium Program: Deadline to Apply is January 12, 2018. Participants in this program attend a two-week symposium on the University of Georgia campus. The symposium includes a combination of structured faculty development and instructional activities and independent study on the part of each participant. Participants receive a stipend for each day of full participation on campus to assist with travel expenses and meals. Lodging is provided by the Governor's Teaching Fellows Program.

Applications for the Academic Year Symposia and Summer Symposium (which includes letter of intent, current CV, and a 1-2 page teaching philosophy statement) are turned into Dr. Laura Lynch by the above deadlines. The Faculty Development Committee then reviews the applications, selects a nominee to forward to the Provost and President for final approval. The College can send forth one or several nominations for each of the programs listed below. For more information, visit http://ihe.uga.edu/outreach/governors-teaching-fellows/apply/.

See the November 20, 2017 edition of the Monday Mariner for a Q&A with past CCGA Governor's Teaching Fellows.

Faculty Lending Library and Book Groups

Lending Library

The Center for Teaching and Learning supports a library of books available for faculty lending.

General Teaching and Faculty

  • (NEW) Small Teaching by James M. Lang
  • (NEW) Learner-Centered Teaching:Five Key Changes to Practice by Maryellen Weimer
  • (NEW) Discussion as a Way of Teaching:Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms by Stephen D. Brookfield and Stephen Preskill
  • (NEW) Interactive Lecturing:A Handbook for College Faculty by Elizabeth F. Barkley and Claire Howell Major
  • (NEW) Student Engagement Techniques:A Handbook for College Faculty by Elizabeth F. Barkley
  • So You Think You Can Teach by William M. Cockrum and Wendy W. Murawski
  • Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap by A. Wade Boykin and Pedro Noguera
  • When Teaching Gets Touch: Smart Ways to Reclaim your Game by Allen N. Mendler
  • Learning Targets: Helping Students Aim for Understanding Today's Lesson by Connie M. Moss and Susan M. Brookhart
  • On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching by James M. Lang
  • How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan A. Ambrose et al
  • Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrative Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom by John C. Bean
  • Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success by Claire Howell Major et al
  • Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation by Saundra Y. McGuire
  • Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement by Ceri B. Dean et al
  • To My Professor: Student Voice for Great College Teaching by Michigan State University School of Journalism
  • Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities of the Professorate, Expanded Edition by Ernest L. Boyer (available through the Office of Academic Affairs)

Course Design and Assessment

  • (NEW) Introduction to Rubrics:An Assessment Tool to Save Grading Time, Convey Effective Feedback and Promote Student Learning by Dannelle D. Stevens and Antonia J. Levi
  • (NEW) Assessment Clear and Simple:A Practical Guide for Institutions, Departments, and General Education by Barbara E. Walvoord
  • (NEW) The Understanding by Design Guide to Advanced Concepts in Creating and Reviewing Units by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe
  • (NEW) The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe
  • Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses by L. Dee Fink
  • Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty by Elizabeth F. Barkley and Claire Howell Major
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques by Thomas A. Angelo and K. Patricia Cross
  • How to Design and Teach a Hybrid Course: Achieving Student-Centered Learning Through Blended Classroom, Online, and Experiential Activities by Jay Caufield

Student Behavior

  • Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception by Thom Hartman
  • A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior by Brian Van Brunt (available through the Office of Student Conduct)

The Writing Center and Office of eLearning also have books available for faculty lending. Please contact Dr. Jennifer Gray (Writing Center) or Dr. Lisa McNeal (eLearning) to learn more.


Faculty Book Groups

The Center for Teaching and Learning maintains a set of the first four books for use by faculty book groups. Additionally, the CTL can support and/or facilitate book groups focusing on other books/topics. For those interested in facilitating a book group, here are some research based recommendations for Faculty Learning Communities.

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