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Faculty-created Working Groups

• Why this kind of group? A working group allows you to focus on topics of interest or concern to you. It taps into the power of accountability and connects you with colleagues, providing opportunities for brain-storming, feedback, and cross-disciplinary conversations.

• What would be the focus on the group? Anything as long as it fits within the mission of the JCCTL (creative teaching and learning). Here are some suggestions, but don’t limit yourself to these:

o Small changes, such as how to design better rubrics or develop more effective group projects.
o Bigger changes, such as how to reframe a lecture style course into a discussion focused one or how to improve student engagement.
o Approaches to skill development, such as how to improve your students’ writing ability, that could be used in several different courses.
o Sharing ideas for bringing a more diverse set of scholarly work into your courses. Or ways to allow students to apply ideas to real world problems.

• How does a group come to be? Find some like minded colleagues and decide on a focus. Or, let me know about a topic you are interested in and I will assist in finding others who share your interest.

• How many participants in a group? I recommend two to five people.

• What is the next step? Send me a short write up by February 15th that identifies the focus of your group and its membership, provides a plan for how you will proceed, establishes at least one concrete goal that you wish to accomplish by the end of the semester, and a schedule of meetings and activities. I ask that you submit a short report in May on what you accomplished and next steps.

• What is the JCCTL’s role?

o Support: I will be a facilitator, scheduler, nag, participant or visitor. I will help with ideas, feedback, suggestions, resources. I will assist with matching your group up with people you might wish to consult, such as our Diversity Matters presenters, members of CPS or other campus organizations, other faculty, etc. In short, I am ready to help however I can.
o Funding: I can offer modest support for your group.

  • Up to $250.00 for books, materials, supplies, food for the group as a whole. Other expenses may be reimbursable from this allocation; please contact me.
  • A $100.00 stipend to each participant paid once I have received your group’s report



Funding was awarded to the following working groups:

Redesigning the general chemistry introductory courses using a thematic approach.
Participants: Kate Buettner, Luke Thompson, Michael Wedlock, Shelli Frey, Don Jameson, all from the Chemistry department.

Studying the role of internet/machine translators in foreign language classes.
Participants: Anne Kerns (French), Junjie Luo (East Asian Studies), Melanie Rubio Benitez (Spanish).

Tools/methods/approaches and strategies for teachers of Islam and Muslim cultures.
Participants: Megan Sijapati (Religious Studies) and Amy Evrard (Anthropology).

Planning a social justice pedagogy reading group for next year.
Participants: Melissa Forbes and Victoria Reuter. Both in the English department.

Digital assignment design and assessment.
Participants: R.C. Miessler (Musselman Library), Bill O’Hara (Sunderman), Eric Remy (IT/ET), Divonna Stebick (Education), Alecea Standlee (Sociology), Carrie Szarko (IT/ET).