Coulter Faculty Commons

The Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at Western Carolina University serves full and part-time faculty in all areas of teaching & learning. The CFC staff works hard to provide one-stop service for faculty.

About the Coulter Faculty Commons


The CFC's staff strive to lead our faculty members through the promotion of an established blend of pedagogy, technology, and research, not only to support success in the classroom, but also professional development by designing activities and consultations that spread excitement for scholarly growth.  We want Western Carolina University faculty to know they are a part of an academic community where there are continuous open discussions and support for teaching and learning activities.  Where senior faculty remember why they first became teachers and where junior faculty seek excellence in teaching and research, and where new faculty and graduate teaching assistants experience a wise and compassionate teaching internship or apprenticeship.

teaching and learning


The Coulter Faculty Commons Educational Development team assist faculty with all aspects of teaching.  Consultation topics include, but are not limited to, course analysis, rubrics, syllabus and schedule construction, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and hybrid course design.  Consultations may also cover work-life balance and other issues related to faculty support.


Syllabus Planning Quick Link

educational technology


The Coulter Faculty Commons Educational Technology team provide support and assistance with many forms of classroom technology tools, digital media, and online learning techniques.  With the ever changing world of technology, it is often very difficult to maintain proficiency across all platforms.  The CFC Ed Tech team is here to help instructors deal with the changing technology and help them to utilize the right tools to create engaging and inspiring courses.



Blackboard 9.1 is the Learning Management System (LMS) software application utilized at Western Carolina University to provide online course work.  Blackboard enhances the quality of online and face-to-face instruction and is used to monitor, document, and manage online and classroom events and assignments.  Blackboard provides a reliable means to engage students in an online environment and can greatly improve the educational experience of both students and instructors.

research support


The Coulter Faculty Commons, in collaboration with the Office of Research Administration, recognizes that the faculty of Western Carolina University engage in multiple forms of scholarship. The CFC research division can assist faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants with research design and research methods for publications, grant proposals, dissertations, theses, and other projects. This support is provided through consultations and scholarship tools and resources.

faculty support and resources


Western Carolina University takes great pride in the quality of education provided to our students.  Our faculty work very hard to maintain these high standards and are constantly working towards creating an ever evolving and engaging learning environment.  As a means to recognize faculty and staff who have gone above and beyond expectations, WCU provides several awards to highlight their accomplishments.

Check out the links below:

Faculty Forum Volume 29, Number 2

Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching Temporary Direct Download Link

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