University System of Georgia launches system-wide investment in student success
Nov 14, 2018 | Atlanta, GA
Four Georgia Tech faculty members were recently selected as Chancellor’s Learning Scholars as part of a new program launched by the University System of Georgia (USG). This fall, Chancellor Steve Wrigley and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Jeffrey Galle announced the program, a new system-wide investment in student success.
Each of the USG’s 26 institutions nominated four faculty members to serve as the inaugural participants in the Chancellor’s Learning Scholars program. Georgia Tech’s faculty members include:
- Christopher Muhlstein, associate professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering
- Chrissy Spencer, senior academic professional, School of Biological Sciences
- Monica Sweat, senior lecturer, College of Computing
- Bill Todd, professor of the practice, Scheller College of Business
“We are incredibly proud of the first cohort of faculty members selected to be Chancellor’s Learning Scholars,” said Rafael L. Bras, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs and K. Harrison Brown Family Chair. “These individuals were nominated because they exemplify excellence in teaching. I know their participation and leadership here on campus will enrich both the teaching experience for their peers and the learning experience for our students.”
Supported by the expertise of USG Centers for Teaching and Learning, the Chancellor’s Learning Scholars will facilitate Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) on their respective campuses. FLCs are designed to give small groups of faculty, typically eight to 10, the opportunity to engage in sustained, meaningful conversations about teaching and learning with supportive colleagues. Members will meet regularly throughout the semester to explore areas of interest. At the end of the program, each Chancellor’s Learning Scholar and FLC participant will be able to point to a change made in their classroom or to a change to an assignment, activity, or course materials as a result of FLC participation. Georgia Tech’s Chancellor’s Learning Scholars recently attended a one-day workshop in Macon to prepare for their FLC leadership roles.
“Faculty Learning Communities are a great venue for faculty who want to study a particular topic together and figure out how to use what they discover to improve their students’ learning,” said Joyce Weinsheimer, director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Teaching and Learning.
With each Chancellor’s Learning Scholar leading two FLCs over a one-year period, 416 learning communities will be led on USG’s 26 campuses during the next three years. Between 40 to 50 percent of full-time faculty could possibly participate in this initiative during the three-year period. The Chancellor’s Learning Scholars will soon announce information about the four FLCs that will get underway at Georgia Tech during the spring semester.