Volume 4, Issue 12 - February 10, 2020

Faculty Scholarship

Dr. Jennifer Gray, Associate Professor of English and Writing Center Coordinator, and Dr. Mary McGinnis, Assistant Professor of English, presented at the Georgia Association for Developmental Education (GADE) conference on Friday, February 7. Their presentation focused on how multimodal writing assignments can empower students in first-year writing and co-requisite support classes. In addition, they discussed different training options to better prepare writing center coaches for multimodal assignments. The title of their presentation was "Empowering 'Bad Writers' with Multimodal Writing Assignments." Here is a link to the conference: https://gadeonline.net/gade-conference-2020

Dr. Carla Bluhm, Associate Professor of Psychology, had a paper accepted to the American Psychological Association Annual Convention (Division 34 Population, Environmental, and Conservation) for presentation in summer 2020 with student co-author and psychology major, Morgan Strickland. The abstract is titled, "The Psychology of Long Walks: Environmental Influences on Social Interactions on the Camino de Santiago." The review committee decided to select this session as one of three featured sessions in the Division 34 program. Dr. Bluhm also presented a paper at the College of William and Mary's annual Symposium on Pilgrimage Studies in November 2019 with co-author Wilco Kruijswijk from the Netherlands.

Emeritus Associate Professor of Public Management, Dr. Mary Eleanor Wickersham, is working with Glynn County to conduct a county-wide citizen satisfaction survey. Faculty, Staff, and students who are residents of Glynn County are encouraged to participate in this voluntary survey - https://www.glynncounty.org/citizensurvey

Dr. Anelise Farris, Assistant Professor of English, had her article, "Holly Black's The Darkest Part of the Forest: Coming of Age in Dialogue with Fairy Tales" published in the Winter 2019/Spring 2020 edition of Studies in the Fantastic, Issue 8. This particular academic journal publishes refereed essays on both fantastic texts and their social function.

Dr. Roscoe Scarborough, Assistant Professor of Sociology, gave a presentation at the Brunswick Library to support The Big Read. His talk was titled, “Brotherhood and Inequality in Perilous Occupations.” Dr. Sarborough also had a recent article appearing on FireRescue1.com, an informative trade publication for the fire service, titled, “How Fire Service Culture Suppresses Prejudice and Implicit Bias.”

Drs. Skip Mounts, Melissa Trussell, Heather Farley, Ian Easton, and Don Mathews take turns writing a column that is published every Wednesday in the Brunswick News. The column is titled, "From the Murphy Center."

New Final Exam Policy for Students with Several Exams in One Day

Students with three or more final exams scheduled in the same day may request (an) alternative testing time(s) according to the below procedure so that they have no more than two final exams in one day:

  • From the list of courses with the final exam on the same day, the student should determine the lowest-numbered course (e.g., if the exams are for MATH 1111 and HIST 2111, then MATH 1111 is the lowest number) to ask that the final exam be rescheduled.
  • As soon as possible but at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the final exam period, the student should email their instructor with the following information:
    • Course for which the student is requesting a rescheduled final exam
    • All scheduled final exams they are taking
  • The instructor will reschedule the student’s final exam during another final exam period for which the instructor is proctoring an exam as long as the student has no more than one final exam scheduled for that same day. If no such period exists, a special final exam time may be scheduled through the Testing Center with no additional cost to the student.

Gateway2Completion Update

Every institution in the University System of Georgia (USG) is participating in the Gateway2Completion project where gateway courses (i.e., large enrolled freshman courses) with high DFWI rates undergo an extensive self-study and redesign over three years. Coastal Georgia is now mid-way through the project in redesigning ENGL 1102, MATH 0999, POLS 1101, and BIOL 1107; below are a select list of activities being undertaken to improve student success.

Course Specific Strategies
  • Add more interactive learning (Biology, Math)
  • Increase faculty collaboration (Biology, Math, English)
  • Assigning upper-level mentors and Supplemental Instructors to all BIOL 1107 and MATH 1111 sections.
  • Discuss the feasibility of protocols for interventions based on student performance and behavior. (Math)
  • Encourage one common assignment and one multimodal assignment in all sections (English)
  • Clarify goals, expectations, and success strategies, including information about available support services, in syllabi. (Political Science)
  • Fewer high-stakes papers in favor of more frequent lower-stakes in-class and out-of-class assignments and drop lowest exam grade. (Political Science)
College-wide Strategies
  • Transition open faculty positions to G2C areas
  • Examine College policies to eliminate barriers to college success
  • Worked with Tech Services to allow for notes to be posted on the public course schedule so that we can advertise themes for specific sections of courses (we have a business-focused section of statistics this semester)
  • Added a link to student support services on D2L’s main ribbon to remind students of our services.
  • Improve faculty workload reporting so that deans and chairs can consider not just credits/contact hours taught, but the number of preps and advisees.
  • Create robust reporting tools so that we can keep track of student success by various demographics

Drs. Andrea Wallace, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, and Laura Lynch, Assistant Vice President for Faculty Affairs, are leading up these efforts, with significant support from Drs. Beth Wurz, Arts & Humanities Department Chair, and Dr. Jennifer Gray, Associate Professor of English and Writing Center Coordinator, for ENGL 1102; Drs. Tanya Cofer, Mathematics Department Chair, and Syvillia Averett, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, for MATH 0999; Drs. Marci Culley, Social Sciences Department Chair, and Jim Wiley, Assistant Professor of Political Science, for POLS 1101; and Drs. Colleen Knight, Natural Sciences Department Chair, and Jennifer Hatchel, Associate Professor of Biology, for BIOL 1107.

18th Annual Teaching Matters Conference
Check out the 18th Annual Teaching Matters Conference on March 12 and 13, The Inclusive Academic: Strategies for Maintaining Balance in a Changing Academic World.

  • Keynote: “Five Secrets to Thriving in Stressful Times”
  • Presenter: Dr. Roxanne Donovan, Professor of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Kennesaw State University and Co-Founder of WellAcademic
  • Conference presenters hail from over 20 different institutions with 54 sessions, workshops, and posters focused on:
    • Avoiding burnout
    • Keeping your teaching fresh (without killing yourself)
    • Balancing workload and life beyond school
    • Self-care
  • Early Bird registration of $50.00 is good through February 27, 2020

For more information on this and other faculty development conferences and opportunities, check out http://www.ccga.edu/facultydevelopment.

IDEAS Incubator Workshop at UGA

Title: Faculty-led Study Abroad Best Practices: Addressing Grand Challenges in Faculty-led Study Abroad
Host: University of Georgia
Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Duration: 7:30am-5:30pm
Location: Athens, Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), University System of Georgia, Savannah State University, Middle Georgia State University, and Georgia State University will host a one-day workshop focused on Faculty-led Study Abroad Best Practices to address key challenges in expanding access to global experiences. This IDEAS Incubator workshop (formerly known as Capacity Building Initiatives) will give attendees successful models for faculty-led study abroad programming from various vantage points, offer attendees examples of successful collaborations with on-campus and off-campus partners to overcome capacity building challenges, and create structured networking opportunities throughout the event’s sessions and breaks to expand attendees’ professional networks. Through case studies and knowledge sharing, participants will actively engage in finding ways to enhance their existing practices in study abroad program management to expand their institutional capacity.

Register online here: http://www.studyabroadcapacitybuilding.org/capacity-building-initiatives/

Teaching & Learning Corner

A new generation of students is already likely to hold different educational expectations and desires than their predecessors. Consequently, addressing those trends means we will need to think differently about how we train skilled workers for the most needed professions. The following article discusses the way planners are reimagining ways to blend instruction and industry:

Upcoming Events
  • Fall 2019 Textbook Adoptions - February 21
  • Mid-Term Grades due by 5:00 pm - February 28
  • Mid-term (last day to drop with "W") - March 6 (Full-Session) / February 7 (1st Session) / April 10 (2nd Session)
  • Spring Break - March 9-13
  • Attendance Verification due by Noon - March 25 (2nd Session)
  • Final Grades due by Noon - May 10 (Full Session) / March 8 (1st Session) / May 10 (2nd Session)

Call for Contributions
If you would like to contribute an article, news item, or event notice for our newsletter, please contact Dr. Jim Lynch at jlynch@ccga.edu - Next issue: March 16.

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