Spotlight: Dr. Cheryl Shahan, ITL Conference, Course Redesign Institute...
Spotlight: Dr. Cheryl Shahan, ITL Conference, Course Redesign Institute...
Teaching & Learning Innovation
Faculty VOLume Newsletter

March 2021

Faculty Spotlight: Cheryl Shahan

Dr. Cheryl Shahan
While UT has had a Deaf education program for a long time, it was not until four years ago that the university acknowledged the need to focus on American Sign Language and English bilingualism. It was after this realization that Cheryl Shahan (PhD) was hired as a clinical assistant professor and internship supervisor with the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education.
“It was appealing for me with the new ASL-English program and their focus on social justice. I am extremely supportive of bilingualism and social justice, so it was a good fit,” Shahan says.
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News & Udates

Innovative Teaching & Learning Conference

Taking place via Zoom on Tuesday, March 30th, we invite you to attend our annual conference. We hope this conference provides the opportunity for educators across the state and region to spark new ideas and conversations that challenge our unexamined notions of teaching and learning. Check out the complete schedule and make sure to register before the deadline - Friday, March 12th at 5 PM.
We are also looking for volunteers to act as moderators throughout the conference. If you are interested, please view our website for more information.
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Course Redesign Institute

We will host a 3-week, virtual Course Redesign Institute during the 2021 Mini-term. We have designed this institute to bring together faculty across the university to share ideas from their own pedagogies with one another and to participate in a focused track (Experience Learning, Inclusive Teaching, or Positive Psychology) to redesign one of their courses.
*Please note: the Inclusive Teaching track has reached full capacity for 2021
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QEP Impact Report

On March 15, the University of Tennessee will submit our Experience Learning QEP Impact Report to our regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). The Experience Learning QEP, which ran from 2015-2020, initiated a university-wide emphasis on engaging undergraduate students in experiential learning. 
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Faculty Success Stories

As the university continues to offer fully online, hybrid, and modified face-to-face classes due to the pandemic, we want to hear from you, so that we can design new resources and recommendations for your colleagues!
See what your colleagues have already submitted on our Success Stories web page or check out our Just in Time Teaching Tips
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News & Udates
Below are our upcoming programs. Please visit our Spring 2021 Workshops & Programs for a comprehensive list of our offerings for the semester.
Increase Cultural Competency for Effective and Inclusive Teaching Workshop
March 25th | 1 - 2:30 pm | Zoom
With college classrooms becoming more diverse, cultural competency is an integral part of effective teaching and communication. In this seminar, we will introduce different tools to examine our cultural competency and explore practices to promote our cultural competency.
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Meet & Greet with United Way of Greater Knoxville: Building Partnerships
April 1 | 1:30 - 2:30 pm | Zoom 
This workshop will provide a meet and greet opportunity for faculty and staff with the leadership team from the United Way of Greater Knoxville. The UWGK is looking for opportunities to partner with faculty and offices on campus to facilitate experiences for students that address systemic issues in Knoxville.
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Experiential Learning Course Desgination Workshop
April 6 | 10 - 11:30 am | Zoom & April 14 | 1 - 2:30 pm | Zoom
This workshop will assist faculty or departments interested in applying for any of the 3 experiential learning course designations: R (research), S (service-learning) or N (internship).
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Applications and Strategies to Reduce and Ultimately Eliminate Academic Bullying in Higher Education Workshop
April 6 | 1 - 2:30 pm | Zoom
In this workshop, participants will learn practical anti-bullying strategies to create safe, inclusive, and democratic spaces for all learners in higher education.
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Faculty Roundtable: Tenure, Promotion and Transition During a Pandemic
April 7 | 12 - 1 pm | Zoom
In the final spring 2021 roundtable, those who are looking to advance along their career path (on or off the tenure track) in this unusual time will be able to talk to those who have played a role in career advancement processes during the same period, and make plans for how to move forward.
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Building Mentoring Relationships in Cross-Cultural Contexts
April 8 | 1 - 2:30 pm | Zoom
As a part of Gradaute & Professional Student Appreciation Week, TLI is hosting this workshop in which we will exchange ideas as well as share effective strategies and resources to help international students cultivate positive mentoring relationships in a cross-cultural context.

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Trauma-Based Pedagogy Workshop: Victims of Sexual Assault
April 13 | 12 - 1:15 pm | Zoom
In this session, faculty and graduate teaching assistants will gain a deeper understanding of how sexual assault affects survivors, identify how trauma-responsive teaching techniques work to provide a safer and more productive learning environment for sexual assault survivors, and learn to apply these strategies to real-life scenarios they might encounter in their teaching. 
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Peer and Self-Assessment Workshop: Best Practices in Student-Directed Assessment
April 13 | 2 - 3:30 pm | Zoom & April 15 | 10 - 11:30 am | Zoom
The purpose of this session is to share knowledge and ideas related to best practices in developing, implementing, and using peer and self-assessment. Participants will actively engage in discussion and share strategies based on their experiences.
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