Spotlight: Dr. James Williams, plus SoTL Awards, CIRTL F.U.E.L & more!
Spotlight: Dr. James Williams, plus SoTL Awards, CIRTL F.U.E.L & more!
Teaching & Learning Innovation
Faculty VOLume Newsletter

April 2021

Faculty Spotlight: James Williams

Dr. James Williams
James Williams (PhD), associate professor in the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management department, says he “is just a person that fell in love with learning.” He draws parallels from a quote from Albert Einstein, “He said he wasn’t born with a lot of talent. He was just born passionately curious. And for me, I think that curiosity has continued to allow me or enabled me to have a strong desire to be a lifelong learner.” 
In 2014, the road he was on brought him to UT. Since then, he has been inVOLved with the Commission for Blacks and Faculty Senate, and continues to try to mold his students into people with inclusive and creative thoughts.
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News & Udates

We're Hiring!

We are currently hiring for two part-time positions within our unit.
  • CIRTL Institutional Leader: This role is a secondary appointment, open to all faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. CIRTL's mission is to engage and enhance excellence in undergraduate education in STEM by equipping gradaute students with the knowlesge and skills to implement and advance effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences.
  • Communications & Marketing GRA: We are seeking a graduate student to oversee, implement, and coordinate the unit's communications and marketing efforts, including, but not limited to: our monthly e-newsletter, social media, website, and resources. 
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Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Narrative Reflection Project

TLI and the Division of Faculty Affairs are initiating a new program supporting the scholarship of teaching & learning. To help advance the process, we are offering supplemental support for faculty members who want to engage in a sustained reflection on what they have experienced over the last year. The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM on Monday, April 26, 2021. Eligible applicants who are selected to participate will receive additional pay for the submission of their deliverables by the project completion deadline.

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Mini-term CIRTL F.U.E.L.

An ideal opportunity for graduate students and postdocs that are soon to be or are currently instructors of record. This seminar introduces participants to evidence-based teaching practices and equips them with a framework for growth throughout their careers. Seminar outcomes include completing a teaching philosophy statement and presenting a discipline-specific lesson plan that follows best practices for teaching and learning. Participants that complete the course will earn Associate-level certification through the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL)The deadline to register for the Mini-term 2021 session is May 10, 2021.
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Recap: Dr. KerryAnn O'Meara's Virtual Visit

On March 4, 2021, the Office of the Provost, Division of Diversity & Engagement, and TLI proudly welcomed a virtual visit from Dr. KerryAnn O'Meara, professor of higher education at the University of Maryland and immediate past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), to campus. We have recapped her visit, and provided some additional resources, for your convinience. 

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News & Udates
Below are our remaining programs for the spring semester. We will be updating our schedule for the fall 2021 semester over the summer. Please keep an eye on our website for this updated information.
Experiential Learning Course Designation Workshop
April 14 | 2 - 3:30 pm | Zoom
This workshop will assist faculty and departments interested in applying for any of the three experiential learning course designations: R (research), S (service-learning) or N (internship).
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Peer and Self-Assessment: Best Practices in Student-Directed Assessment Workshop
April 15 | 10 - 11:30 am | Zoom 
This session aims to share knowledge and ideas related to best practices in developing, implementing, and using peer and self-assessment to improve the quality of teaching and learning within the classroom.
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IRB Workshop: Scholarship on Teaching
April 21 | 10 - 11:30 am | Zoom & April 22 | 2 - 3:30 pm | Zoom
Do you want to investigate systematically, for research purposes, how well your teaching and your students' learning are going? Join IRB Vice Chair Colleen Gilrane to discuss human subjects and IRB considerations specific to research that is intended to study your own teaching practices.
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Internship Roundtable: Winter Mini-term Edition
April 22 | 3 - 4 pm | Zoom
Join a discussion with the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration, Programs Abroad Office, and TLI regarding experience learning programming during the new upcoming UT Winter Mini-term. Brainstorm ideas about how your department can get involved to provide meaningful experience for students.
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