Faculty Associates for Campus Engagement (FACE) Group Descriptions

F.A.C.E. Groups are lead by Associates who facilitate 6-15 faculty and staff members to develop a topic and related activities of interest during the semester. Groups meet as often as Associates or the group feels appropriate. Together, each group creates a community to learn about and support its topic. This year, topics include:

  •  Contingent Faculty - Facilitator, Margaret Bruder, English (mbruder@email.wcu.edu; x3932)

 In 2007, a group of very active contingent faculty members were working with university administration to establish policies to improve the working conditions for fixed-term faculty. With the cuts that occurred in the years afterwards and the fact that many of those who spearheaded that discussion lost their positions, much of that progress was lost or forgotten (to the extent that the WCU Resources for Part-time, Non-Tenure Track and Adjunct Faculty webpage contains only outdated or dead links). The Contingent Faculty FACE group is an attempt to revitalize this important discussion and offer part-time, non-tenure track, and adjunct a forum for sharing experiences and voicing our concerns. For more information, contact Margaret Bruder at mbruder@email.wcu.edu.

  • Digital Literacy Group - Description Coming Soon  
  • eBriefcase Working Group (Coming Spring 2013!)
  • eTeaching and eLearning Group - Facilitator, Lisa Bloom, School of Teaching and Learning (bloom@email.wcu.edu)
There are many challenges to designing e-learning content and online courses that engage learners and promote critical thinking and meaningful learning. Challenges include but are not limited to developing community, fostering collaboration among learners, and creating authentic learning experiences. There are many creative options for addressing those challenges and many creative ways to design courses and course content to maximize student learning. In this F.A.C.E. Group we will share ideas and strategies for e-learning and online course design. Contact the Coulter Faculty Commons or Lisa Bloom at bloom@wcu.edu if you are interested in joining the group.  
  • Hybrid Course Design - The Space Between: Inventing Hybrid Course Design - Facilitator, Cyndy Caravelis Hughes, Criminology & Criminal Justice (caravelis@email.wcu.edu; x2165)
The hybrid class is perhaps the most misunderstood course design model, primarily due to lack of an accepted definition of what a hybrid class actually is or looks like. The Hybrid Course Design FACE group will tackle two issues. First, this group will work towards creating a working definition for the hybrid model and will examine how classes based upon the model are implemented at WCU and beyond. The second facet of this FACE group will be to share strategies for effective Hybrid Course Design - what works, what doesn’t, and how to improve efficiency and effectiveness. For more information, please contact Cyndy Caravelis Hughes at caravelis@email.wcu.edu.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning - Facilitator, Carmen Huffman, Chemistry and Physics (chuffman@email.wcu.edu; x3682)

Inquiry-based instruction is a student-centered approach to teaching in which students actively engage in the learning process through answering questions. With this approach, students go beyond the traditional memorization of facts that occurs in some classrooms. Instead, this technique emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills that enable students to answer complex questions. Many models exist for inquiry-based learning. In this group, led by Carmen Huffman, we will explore several models and discuss methods of implementation so that you can get started using inquiry-based instruction in yourclass. Contact the Coulter Faculty Commons or Carmen Huffman (chuffman@wcu.edu) to learn more or if you’re interested in joining the group.

The iPad users group is for anyone that has or is interested in Apple’s mobile devices. These fit a unique niche and as more faculty, staff, and students acquire them, we want to learn from each other. Whether or not you have a device, come to learn about what it can do and how you can use it more productively for teaching and everyday work. We welcome suggestions for topics the group can explore. 

  • LC2 (Learning Community on Learning Communities) - Facilitator, Glenda Hensley, Office for Undergraduate Studies (ghensley@email.wcu.edu; x2786)

WHY: Learning Communities foster integrated learning environments that have the potential to provide a significant impact on student learning outcomes and to promote strong connections as students transition to campus life. Often those first experiences include grappling with difficult issues and choices. Learning Communities are particularly well situated to reinforce ethical choices and high standards.

HOW: Guided by the QEP and Vision 2020, our aim is to merge theory with practice via a cycle of research, implementation, assessment, and critical reflection.

WHAT: The LC2 FACE Group serves two functions: 1) as a resource to facilitate the development of a new group of learning communities to be implemented during the 2013-14; 2) encourage new participants' representative of a wide range of disciplines across the campus to participate with this FACE group to examine current theory, practice, strategies, and methodologies in an interactive, dialogic, and experiential exploration of best practice - whether directly teaching in a learning community or not.

You may learn more about our work so far here: Learning Communities at WCU.

Contact: Glenda Hensley, Director of First Year Experiences - ghensley@wcu.edu or phone at 227-2786.

  • Leadership - Community Engagement Leadership Group - Facilitator, Anne Aldrich, Office of te Provost (aaldrich@email.wcu.edu; x7495)

Western Carolina University is embarking on a great future with new leadership at the helm.  We are entering our second year with Dr. David Belcher as our Chancellor and our first year with Dr. Angi Brenton as our Provost.  In the spirit of honoring new beginnings and new leadership, the Community Engagement Leadership Group will forge the first annual Western Carolina University Community Project.  This group of leaders will identify a tangible and realistic project to create a positive and lasting difference within the communities we serve.  We will set goals, get dirty doing the actual work and by May of 2013 bring to fruition the first of many meaningful legacies in our very own backyard.  Please join us in the exciting endeavor!

For more information, please contact Anne Aldrich at aaldrich@email.wcu.edu.

  • PollEverywhere - Facilitator, Robert Crow, Coulter Faculty Commons (rcrow@email.wcu.edu; x2761)

Please consider joining this faculty learning group focused on the formative assessment tool, PollEverywhere. The group will explore the scholarly use of this tool for student engagement and formative assessment, with the intention to produce an account of our practices for public dissemination. As with any faculty learning community, the direction in which we will proceed will be determined by its members. For more information, please contact Robert Crow at rcrow@wcu.edu, or call 227-2761. 

  • Qualitative Research Group - Coordinators, Mary Jean Herzog, School of Teaching and Learning (mherzog@email.wcu.edu; x3327) and Freya Kinner, Coulter Faculty Commons (fkinner@wcu.edu; x3456)

The QRG is an ideal opportunity for faculty and student researchers to be involved in an interdisciplinary, scholarly group on campus to get and give support for qualitative research projects.  Participation or leadership in the QRG may be considered service for AFE purposes.

The QRG meets one Friday each month for about 90 minutes over a brown-bag lunch. About 40 members of the faculty, graduate students, and educators in the community are on the fluid membership roster, and 10 to 20 members attend any given meeting. The agenda for each meeting is formed from the interests and research projects of the participants at the time. 

Topics range from helping generate research designs, to developing interview protocols, to practice for formal conference presentations. On occasion, the group will discuss an article or book, invite a presenter, or analyze qualitative software. It is a friendly, collegial, interdisciplinary group that provides opportunities for collaboration, stimulating conversations, and getting to know members of the WCU community beyond the department.

If you would like to receive more information, get on the QRG mailing list, or get involved in the QRG leadership, please send your name and contact information to Freya Kinner at fkinner@wcu.edu or Mary Jean Herzog at mherzog@email.wcu.edu

  • Quantitative Research Methods - Facilitator, Martin Tanaka, Engineering and Technology (mtanaka@email.wcu.edu; x2561)

The focus of the Quantitative Research Methods Group is to provide a forum to support scientific research at WCU.  The group will provide a means to share methods, experience, and new ideas to improve the research capabilities of existing researchers and those interested in beginning quantitative research.  Specific topics of interest include the following: 1) How to design a quantitative study suitable for publication in technical journals and conferences, 2) Methods to collect quantitative data, 3) Methods to analyze quantitative data including but not limited to statistical analysis, 4) Computational modeling and simulation techniques, 5) Understanding the link between research studies, publications and grants.

Dr. Martin Tanaka leads the Quantitative Research Methods Group for the FACE program and is an assistant professor in the department of Engineering and Technology at WCU.  He has a PhD. in Biomedical engineering and over 11 years of industrial experience in the field of product design and development.  His interests include analysis of human dynamics and stability, computational modeling and simulation, the design of biomedical devices (http://paws.wcu.edu/mtanaka/).

  • Readers' Roundtable - Coordinator, Freya Kinner, Coulter Faculty Commons (fkinner@wcu.edu; x3456)

Is there a book you’ve been itching to read? How about facilitate a conversation on that book?

If you are interested in participating in a group, read the Coulter Faculty Commons “This week…” e-mails for the most recent books and groups. Or, contact Freya Kinner (x3456; fkinner@email.wcu.edu) to learn more about the group or facilitate a discussion with colleagues.

  • Research in the Classroom - Description Coming Soon
  • Service Learning - Facilitator, Mickey Randolph, Psychology (randolph@wcu.edu; x3359)

Service Learning or the combining of instruction and related community service has been successfully integrated in a number of courses at WCU.  This model offers students the opportunity to incorporate course material in a meaningful way with community service which will lead to both academic and personal growth.  This model fits very nicely with WCU’s QEP and Service Learning Center’s mission of student engagement and course synthesis.  In addition to student engagement, adding a service learning component to courses can also be an avenue for professional publications.  This FACE group will not meet as a group, unless participants request a group meeting, rather faculty can contact Mickey Randolph @ Randolph@wcu.edu or phone 227-3359 to set up individual meetings to discuss how service learning can be incorporated in their specific discipline. 

To register for a F.A.C.E. Group, please contact the appropriate facilitator or click HERE.


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