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Goal B2: Enhance and promote excellence in scholarship, creativity and teaching

Objective B 2.1. Develop opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in teaching
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  • Explored team teaching approaches to allow students to review and then integrate multiple perspectives and hypotheses in tackling a problem/solution.
  • Worked on formalizing and codifying new Honors Program curriculum that was approved by the Curriculum Committee. Formed an Honors Program Committee with representatives from every academic unit on campus who also helped recruit students, notably Freshman and Sophomores into the program.
  • Created a Bachelor of Science degree program in Environmental Sciences, which will have a strong interdisciplinary approach by our Departments of Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.

Objective B 2.2. Support reflective, interactive and experiential learning
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  • Used Collaborate Ultra to communicate with students in Camden in BIOL 2110. Supplemental Instructor (SI) leaders were introduced to the class in person and the process was explained in detail; times and days were set up to be compatible with students’ schedules. Data concerning student participation was collected through TutorTrac.
  • Moved from offering a limited number of course offerings to offering over 70 face-to-face courses and over 100 online courses at the Camden Center; a complete needs assessment survey was conducted of all Camden students to determine the courses that needed to be offered.
  • Presented in-class Writing Center workshops and campus-wide workshops on topics to supplement instruction in the classroom (e.g., citation practices, plagiarism avoidance, revision, or invention). Additionally, the Center offered one-on-one and group writing coaching to CCGA students. Provided support in multiple locations (library and residence halls) and at a variety of times to meet the scheduling demands of students.
  • Provided faculty development opportunities that focused on reflective and interactive learning: a hybrid teaching academy three-day workshop and a summer reading book group (on “Teach Students How to Learn” by Dr. Saundra McGuire).
  • Joined the Gateway2Completion project, which is a revisioning of gateway courses using a reflective and interactive approach.
  • Provided ongoing incentives to faculty teaching service-learning courses; proposed new incentives for faculty teaching service-learning courses; offered pre-populated clearinghouse of service-learning opportunities; and self-identified community agency needs through the CCGA website.

Objective B 2.3. Provide support for faculty-student research
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  • Hosted the Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Collaborative Exploration (SOURCE) in April that allows students from all disciplines to present their faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities through a funding program provided by the Office of Academic Affairs. Examples of scholarship included scientific, historical, literary, or educational research.
  • Received a grant award from Georgia Power to support STEM initiatives, including the purchase of STEM equipment to be used in undergraduate research projects, funding for SHIP student research grants, and conference travel for students engaged in undergraduate research.

Objective B 2.4. Expand support for faculty research and grant writing
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  • Offered Summer Fellowships for faculty, who are tenured or on tenure track, to engage in research, to seek external grant funding or to apply for internal grants for innovative projects.
  • Promoted and facilitated scholarly activities and programmatic development/assessment for the faculty and administrative staff of the College through the Grants and Contracts Program (GCP), by assisting whenever possible to locate and secure external funding. The GCP provides a central source of information on major governmental agencies, foundations and corporations that support research and creative activities; it also provided guidance, from conceptual development and planning of grant proposals.
  • Hosted the 2nd Coastal Ecology Symposium, making it an annual event; it was restructured so that starting next year it will be a “Coastal Science Symposium” to allow for broader participation; e.g., environmental science research.

Objective B 2.5. Support faculty research and exchange opportunities abroad
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  • Continued to work with the Anguillan Department of Environment to engage our biological sciences faculty (Drs. Holbrook, Stasek, and Robertson) with opportunities to conduct research on the island and involve students in a coastal ecological project in summer 2019.
  • Promoted the benefits for faculty, staff and students in joining the Theta Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the honor society for international scholars.
  • Supported Dr. Carla Bluhm in applying for site director of the Paris study abroad program through the USG European Council.
  • Worked alongside Mr. Tyler Bagwell and Dr. Orsolya Kolozsvari in developing preliminary faculty-led study abroad proposals to Costa Rica and Hungary, respectively.
  • Began preliminary discussions regarding development of a Faculty Fellows International Program to enable faculty to pursue teaching and scholarship activities abroad.
  • Supported Drs. Aurora Ramos Nunez and Hector Montford in pursuing a COBEC grant to contribute to the enhancement and development of higher education in Belize, as well as attending the 2018 COBEC summer conference.
  • Continued conversations with government and education officials in Anguilla about potential teaching/research opportunity for CCGA faculty and students.
  • Supported Dr. Patrizia Stahle in promoting the Sant’Anna Institute summer study abroad program in Sorrento, Italy.
  • Supported faculty (Drs. Bluhm, Clark, Hambright, Kane, Stahle, and Trussell) making professional presentations at various international conferences, including the 6th International Congress on Emotional Intelligence (Portugal); The American Short Story: New Horizons Conference (Germany); IPB International Convention Center (Tinjil Island); Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference (Netherlands); Annual Association for Italian Studies (Italy); and Western Economic Association - International Conference (Canada).

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