Spotlight: Joan Heminway, our Summer Initiatives and more
Spotlight: Joan Heminway, our Summer Initiatives and more
Teaching & Learning Innovation
Faculty VOLume Newsletter

May 2021

Faculty Spotlight: Joan Heminway

Dr. James Williams
Joan Heminway (J.D.), interim director of the College of Law’s Institute for Professional Leadership and Rick Rose distinguished professor of Law, attended Brown University for undergrad where she received degrees in History and International Relations. A New Yorker at heart, after graduation, she was excited to return to her hometown for law school at New York University and graduated with her Juris Doctorate in 1985. After working for 15 years at a multinational law firm in Boston practicing corporate finance law, she felt a calling to teach and joined the Vol Family in 2000.
For the past 21 years, Heminway has been teaching professional students from the College of Law, and occasionally the Haslam College of Business, courses in the business law area.
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News & Udates

We're Hiring!

We are seeking a graduate student intern to assist with projects and programming related to our assessment initiative. This position reports to TLI’s Research and Assessment Coordinator, and will play an integral role in the evaluation and assessment of TLI programming (e.g., workshops series, institutes, Innovation Teaching & Learning conference), and other faculty development related assessment needs. Submissions must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, May 21st for full consideration.
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Back to the Classroom

As Chancellor Plowman announced this spring, we will be returning to in-person instruction beginning fall 2021. In preparation of this transition, we want to remind everyone of our "Back to the Classroom" resources available on our website.

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Recap: 2019 Special Campus Visit by Dr. Christine Stanley

On August 22, 2019, the Office of the Provost, the Division of Diversity and Engagement, and Teaching and Learning Innovation proudly welcomed a campus visit from Dr. Christine A. Stanley, Professor of Higher Education, Ruth Harrington Endowed Chair, and Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity Emerita, at Texas A&M University. To help signal the initial opportunity that led to Dr. KerryAnn O'Meara's visit in March (2021), we have recapped Dr. Stanley's visit, and providedsome additional resources from her discussion, Invisible Labor in the Academy: The Experiences of Minoritized Faculty in Predominantly White Colleges and Universities.
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News & Udates

Course Redesign Institute

This May, we will host 35 faculty as part of our Course Redesign Institute. All nine undergraduate-serving colleges will be represented in our group of participants. Participants will take part in one of three tracks: 

  • Experience Learning Course Designation
  • Inclusive Teaching
  • Positive Psychology in Higher Education
Faculty leaders and/or faculty consultants with expertise in the track topic will support participants as they work to redesign a course that they teach.
Meet Our 2021 Participants

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Narrative Reflection Project

It is our pleasure to announce the recipients of the first Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Narrative Reflection Project award, a grant created to encourage work toward new scholarship. This summer, 14 participants will draft a narrative reflection document reconsidering their teaching experiences over the course of the past year, and their plans for the year ahead.
Meet Our 2020-2021 Participants


The CIRTL Facilitating Undergraduate Evidence-based Learning certificate program is geared toward graduate students and post-docs who are interested in learning more or enhancing thier teaching. This May, we will be offering this six-module professional development seminar, which introduces participants to evidence-based teaching and learning practices, to approxiamately 30 graduate students and post-docs.
Hear from Past Participants
As we come to the end of this unique and often challenging school year, we would like to take a few moments to say thank you. Thank you to those who provided leadership and support throughout this academic year as it relates to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to all campus leaders, faculty and staff who pulled together to help our students and our families, as well as each other, and for your commitment to our students and delivery of quality instruction. We can think of no better example of what it means to be a Volunteer!
The Staff of TLI
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