About the Coulter Faculty Commons

The Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at Western Carolina University serves full and part-time faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) in all areas of teaching & learning. The Commons seeks to provide one-stop service for faculty.

We want to create an environment where faculty can come together in the spirit of creativity, collaboration, and community, where becoming an ever better teacher or mentor is the most significant and recognized achievement that any faculty member can seek and where students have superior learning opportunities and experiences.

Mr. and Mrs. Myron Coulter


The Commons designs activities and consultations to spread excitement for the scholarship of teaching and learning. We want WCU faculty to know and experience themselves as part of a teaching and scholarly community where there are continuous open discussions and support for teaching and scholarly activities, where senior faculty remember why they first became teachers, where junior faculty seek excellence in teaching and research, and where new faculty and GTAs experience a wise and compassionate teaching internship or apprenticeship.

Right: Dr. Myron Coulter, Chancellor Emeritus, and Mrs. Barbara Coulter, whose generous $100,000 endowment gift funds faculty work in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

The Commons, which was the dream and vision of Chancellor Emeritus Myron Coulter, supports faculty in their professional development as teachers and scholars and learners. Faculty and GTAs have an open invitation to contact or visit the Commons and talk with the staff. Commons staff are also willing to meet with faculty in their offices or elsewhere. 

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