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Archives For October 2019

EAB Discusses Regional Economic Development (Nov 6)

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 28 October 2019 | 2:13 pm — 

The College is hosting representatives from the Educational Advisory Board (EAB) on campus Wednesday, November 6th, to facilitate discussion on regional economic development. You are invited to register for either the morning (9:00 – 11:30am) or afternoon (1:00 – 3:30pm) session by emailing Michelle McGrew at mmcgrew@cofc.edu.

Please encourage your fellow Deans, Senior Team Members, and Department Chairs to take advantage of this unique, professional development opportunity.

Thank you,

Fran

The Board of Trustees and President Hsu invite faculty to attend the Faculty Drop-in on Thursday, October 17, from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. in the courtyard of 6 Glebe Street (the President’s House). The rain location will be the Hill Exhibition Gallery.

This is the second of three campus meet-and-greet receptions that will take place at each quarterly meeting of the Board of Trustees. The first reception was in August for staff. Each reception is for a different campus constituency so that all members of our campus community have the opportunity to engage with the Board of Trustees and the College’s senior leadership team. At each reception, we will introduce new senior staff and faculty or recognize individuals and student organizations. We hope as many of you will join us as possible. If you have a nametag, please wear it.

Questions? Please contact the Office of the President.

Faculty Writers’ Retreat: December 2019

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 16 October 2019 | 2:52 pm — 

Do you have an ongoing writing project or plans to initiate a new one? This fall we offer two opportunities for ALL INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY to participate in the 9th Annual Writers Retreat:

December: 12-13 and 16-18. Applications due COB NOON Monday, November 25 (applications available in late October)

 Writers Retreats provide:

  • a private room in Addlestone Library (or Education Center during construction) for one’s exclusive use away from the distractions of one’s office.
  • a key for your private room for the duration of the retreat.
  • snacks and beverages in a common room throughout the retreat.
  • group lunch at noon on each day of the retreat.
  • available reference staff for assistance.
  • a supportive collegial environment to focus exclusively on one’s writing.

In return, each selected participant agrees to write, but not grade, check email or social media, or leave the retreat for other meetings. As past participants have concurred, arriving at the retreat with very specific writing tasks, whether conceptualizing and drafting a new manuscript or completing final revisions to a long-standing work, will allow one to maximize this opportunity.

Selected participants must bring all materials needed for the writing project, to include one’s laptop as no computers are provided.  Participants sign in by 8:30am to begin their work. If one has a collaborator on campus, both may apply separately, or one may apply and invite their collaborator to join them for a portion of the retreat. Each participant is expected to focus only on writing for at least 6 hours daily.

Interested in the Writer’s Retreat?
Apply online. Applicants will be notified in advance in order to plan accordingly. Past participants are welcome to apply again.  Preference will be given to faculty preparing for a major review (tenure or promotion), new faculty establishing a writing program, and faculty in transition.

Please let Mark Del Mastro know if you have related questions.

Academic Affairs welcomes applications for the Faculty Coordinator for Distance Education.

As many of you are aware, Douglas Ferguson of the Department of Communication was appointed the College’s first Faculty Coordinator for eLearning and Distance Education on January 1, 2014, and since that time he has helped facilitate the notable expansion of both DE certified faculty and online curricular offerings, among other related achievements. Because Doug will complete his second and final term as Coordinator on June 30, 2020, the College needs to prepare for a successor who would begin transitioning into this role in January 2020 with Doug’s able mentorship.  Our sincere thanks to Doug for his extensive work in this inaugural position as we prepare for the next phases in distance learning at the College of Charleston.

Below is the position description and application details for the renamed “Faculty Coordinator for Distance Education.”  A selection committee will review the applications, interview the top candidates, then submit a recommendation for hire to Interim Provost Fran Welch by early December.  Confirmation of appointment is planned before the conclusion of 2019.  Applications that include a CV and letter of interest, as specified in the attached description, must be submitted by COB November 1, 2019 to delmastromp@cofc.edu.

 

Position Announcement: Faculty Coordinator for Distance Education

The position of Faculty Coordinator for Distance Education is responsible for coordinating academic activities related to the Distance Education (DE) program at the College in collaboration with Academic Affairs, IT, and academic schools and departments. This position provides leadership for the development and implementation of policies, procedures, standards, and criteria which support the effective delivery of online instruction and student services. The position is responsible for ensuring that the College of Charleston’s Distance Education activities are in compliance with local, state, and federal standards, and supporting the objectives of the Distance Education Strategic Plan that was approved in November 2018.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities
● Acts as a liaison with academic and administrative units at the College (i.e. Academic Affairs, administrative/departmental units, and appropriate faculty committees) to define and develop policies, procedures and adequate support for efficient operation of DE efforts at the College of Charleston;
● Advises faculty and staff on and ensures compliance with applicable institutional guidelines, policies, and local, state, and federal requirements (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), Commission of Higher Education (CHE) and Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)) related to Distance Education (i.e. intellectual property, copyright laws, training requirements, etc.);
● Acts as point of contact for all DE-related questions, and proactively communicates related information and announcements to the campus;
● Coordinates with the Director of the Teaching and Learning Team (TLT) to schedule regular faculty development opportunities in support of Distance Education;
● Collaborates with IT to identify, integrate, and assess technical requirements for effective DE delivery;
● Develops and manages the annual DE budget in collaboration with the Provost’s office;
● Ensures robust student support services are coordinated and available for online students;
● Works with the campus community to develop new DE courses, and where faculty and institutional support exists, to develop online programs.
● Chairs and defines membership of the DE Steering Committee;
● Assesses and evaluates the progress, improvement, and value of the DE program and related services.

Qualifications/Experience
Tenured full-time faculty member or Senior Instructor with a minimum of two years of experience in an academic administrative role or significant campus leadership experience; online teaching or experience working in a distance learning program required; knowledge of curriculum development and assessment preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines; familiarity with best practices in distance education; ability to communicate effectively and establish working relationships with various campus constituencies; understanding of technology as well as the pedagogies associated with effective use of online technologies; and the ability to be creative in solving problems.

The Student Retention and Success Committee is hosting a workshop for deans and department chairs on Tuesday, November 12th, from 2:00 – 3:30pm in the EHHP Alumni Center (86 Wentworth Street). In addition to a general data overview, you will also receive questions prior to the workshop that will help facilitate the discussion. Provost Welch looks forward to a productive conversation with all of you. Please check your email for any additional details.

Do you have an ongoing writing project or plans to initiate a new one? This fall we offer two opportunities for ALL INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY to participate in the 9th Annual Writers Retreat:

Fall Break: October 14-15.  Applications due NOON Friday, October 4. Click here to complete and submit the online application form.
December: 12-13 and 16-18. Applications due COB NOON Monday, November 25 (applications available in late October)

 Writers Retreats provide:

  • a private room in Addlestone Library (or Education Center during construction) for one’s exclusive use away from the distractions of one’s office.
  • a key for your private room for the duration of the retreat.
  • snacks and beverages in a common room throughout the retreat.
  • group lunch at noon on each day of the retreat.
  • available reference staff for assistance.
  • a supportive collegial environment to focus exclusively on one’s writing.

In return, each selected participant agrees to write, but not grade, check email or social media, or leave the retreat for other meetings. As past participants have concurred, arriving at the retreat with very specific writing tasks, whether conceptualizing and drafting a new manuscript or completing final revisions to a long-standing work, will allow one to maximize this opportunity.

Selected participants must bring all materials needed for the writing project, to include one’s laptop as no computers are provided.  Participants sign in by 8:30am to begin their work. If one has a collaborator on campus, both may apply separately, or one may apply and invite their collaborator to join them for a portion of the retreat. Each participant is expected to focus only on writing for at least 6 hours daily.

Interested in the October 2019 Writer’s Retreat?
Click here to complete and submit the online application by NOON Friday, October 4 .  Applicants will be notified by Tuesday, October 8 in order to plan accordingly. Past participants are welcome to apply again.  Preference will be given to faculty preparing for a major review (tenure or promotion), new faculty establishing a writing program, and faculty in transition.

Please let me know if you have related questions.

Best,

Mark

Mark P. Del Mastro, Ph.D.

ASSOCIATE PROVOST FOR CURRICULUM & ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATION

PROFESSOR OF HISPANIC STUDIES

RANDOLPH HALL ROOM 210A | 843.953.6748

 

COLLEGE of CHARLESTON

OFFICE OF THE PROVOST & ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

66 GEORGE STREET | CHARLESTON, SC | 29424-0001

ACADEMICAFFAIRS.COFC.EDU | MAIN 843.953.5527

 

Fall 2020 Course Section Scheduling is underway

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 7 October 2019 | 1:40 pm — 

It is time again to start working on a new course schedule for Term 202110.  The Registrar’s Office has rolled the course sections from the Fall 2019 term to Spring 2020. You can review your course scheduling spreadsheets in Cognos. Please follow the course scheduling’s approved meeting pattern times and Cognos report instructions emailed to your from the Kristen Hua in the RO.

You will input your schedule using SZADSEC in Banner. After the deadline has passed, all changes can be emailed to scheduling@cofc.edu. You have access to delete CRNs on SZADSEC, but you do NOT have access to add new CRNs. If you need a new section added to your schedule, these will be requested in a month (November 2019). Please see the email sent on October 7, 2019 for full instructions.

Departmental Scheduling Deadline for Fall 2020: January 15, 2020

Questions? Email scheduling@cofc.edu.

Open Education Resources (OER) Incentive Program: Grants 

Open educational resources (OER) are classroom materials without copyright restrictions, are available in the public domain, licensed through the Creative Commons (or similar intellectual property licenses) or library-licensed, and accessible to student at little or no cost. With the rising prices of textbooks and the resulting financial burden for students, OER can help mitigate such expenses for students and provide instructors with pedagogical advantages. To encourage faculty to integrate OER materials in their courses, the OER Faculty Incentive Program will award grants of $1000 to instructors selected by the campus OER Committee. Faculty who are awarded OER incentive grants will integrate OER into the upcoming academic year’s course(s). Ineligible are previous awardees who wish to use OER for courses that already were supported with an OER grant. Priority will be given to first-time applicants.

Faculty who are teaching in the 2020-2021 academic year (fall and spring semesters) are invited to apply for the 2nd annual Open Educational Resources (OER) Incentive Grant Program to support College of Charleston faculty in creating high-quality instructional resources at little or no expense to our students.

GO TO: OER program website and the online application form.

Many thanks to Dr. Jason Coy, Professor of History and Faculty Administrative Fellow in the Office of the Provost, who facilitated the initiation of this program and currently chairs the OER Committee. Please direct all program-related questions to Dr. Coy at coyj@cofc.edu.

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