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CofC welcomes Provost Austin

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 1 July 2020 | 10:05 pm — 

Please join us in welcoming our new Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Suzanne Austin.

Austin joined the College of Charleston’s leadership team on July 1, 2020. In this role, Dr. Austin serves as the chief academic officer of the College of Charleston and a key member of the President’s senior staff. Austin oversees academic programs, faculty affairs and many academic support functions, and works to ensure that the College of Charleston fulfills its institutional mission and goals.

Having served for nine years as the senior vice provost and senior international officer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, she has accomplished much in her tenure, such as leading an improvement of retention and graduation initiatives, establishing UAB’s first-ever Undergraduate Success Center, redesigned and expanded the structure of the UAB Honors College, created the Office of Student Engagement to focus on at-risk students, expanded the Office of National and International Fellowships, created UAB’s first LGBTQ staff position in Student Life, led the redesign of the academic calendar, created the Office of Service Learning and developed and launched the Office of Global Engagement, to name but a few.

Before that, she was an associate provost for academic affairs at the University of Delaware. During her time at UD, she held many titles: dean, faculty director of research, faculty fellow, department chair and professor. A noted historian, she is the author of many articles and books, including a book titled A Pest in the Land: New World Epidemics in a Global Perspective (2003), a work that is probably more relevant today than we would like.

Growing up in Madison, Connecticut, Austin, from a young age, had an interest in learning about new places and people, a curiosity which ultimately drove her to study English and journalism as an undergraduate student at North Carolina State University before pursuing a graduate degree in history from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As she followed her career into academia, Austin became fascinated by the rich history and culture of Latin America – which led her on many international adventures.

Read more: Suzanne Austin named CofC Provost on The College Today.

Continuity Website

All employees and students are encouraged to read the news and resources provided on the College’s continuity website.

Information about how to teach, learn, and work remotely is being updated daily.

Library

Additionally, updated information about Library facilities and resources during the campus closure can be found at https://libguides.library.cofc.edu/continuity.

Zoom – virtual classroom/meetings

The College now has an Institutional Zoom account that is available for all employees and students.

To activate your account, go to https://cofc.zoom.us

Over the course of the next several days, we will be working on tutorials and information related to integrations with Microsoft Outlook.

 

Some time this week, we will have completed the OAKS integration so that it is available for teaching and learning through your course.

Record-breaking CofC Day raised more than $5 million

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 5 February 2020 | 4:42 pm — 

As part of the celebration around the College of Charleston’s 250th anniversary, on Jan. 30, 2020, the College launched CofC Day, a 24-hour giving day aimed at generating excitement and support for the institution’s future. By midnight, CofC Day had raised more than $5 million, crushing the $1 million goal. The day had 1,326 faculty, staff, alumni and students make gifts to the College, representing a record-breaking number of donors for any given drive.

Read more at https://today.cofc.edu/2020/02/04/cofc-day-results/.

CofC announces three nationwide dean searches

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 15 January 2020 | 2:41 pm — 

The College of Charleston announces three nationwide searches to recruit:

Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics

Dean of the Honors College

Please select the position above for details on how to apply or nominate an individual. While applications and nominations will be accepted until a new Dean is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials by the date stated on the website.

LeRoy Rooker is returning to the College of Charleston on November 13, 2019!  Mr. Rooker is the nation’s leading authority on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the federal law that provides privacy protections for student education records.

Our office has received many good questions regarding FERPA compliance over the past few years.  The ever-changing landscape of higher education presents us with new challenges and opportunities regarding the protection of student records now more than ever!  This seminar is the perfect time to ask questions, discuss real-life scenarios, and learn about the latest best practices for FERPA compliance.

There will be two sessions offered on November 13, 2019:  9:30 am and 1:30 pm.  Sessions will last 90 minutes but feel free to attend as long as your schedule permits.  All sessions will take place in Stern Center Ballroom.

No RSVP is required.  Hope to see you there!

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Registrar, Student Affairs, and the Transfer Resource Center.

Announced by:

Mary C. Bergstrom, ‘90

University Registrar and Assistant Provost

College of Charleston

w: registrar.cofc.edu or transfer.cofc.edu

p: 843.953.0193

Instagram: @cofcregistrar or @cofctransfer

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.

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.

With hurricane season starting, we’d like to remind students about the College’s protocols should a voluntary or mandatory evacuation be ordered due to the threat of a storm. Read the student guide to hurricane preparedness.

Also, the City of Charleston tracks road closures and traffic impacts at https://gis.charleston-sc.gov/road-closures. 

Faculty are reminded to please prepare for the possibility of future closure. In consultation with your chair and department colleagues, please devise a course-appropriate plan to allow students to continue their forward progress in your course in the event the College is closed, and as you finalize your syllabus, please include reference to this plan in your syllabus. How you accomplish this will vary depending on the nature of your course(s). Your syllabus, contact information, and basic courses materials should be available to students in OAKS. Please see today’s email announcement (August 14, 2018) for additional information on OAKS support and sample syllabus statements related to campus closures. If the College decides on a plan for make-up class days, you will be informed as soon as feasible.

Thank you and wishing you a positive and productive Fall Semester 2019!

A Student’s Guide to Hurricane Preparedness

 

2019 Celebration of Faculty

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 25 April 2019 | 7:30 pm — 

Today we celebrate the 2018–19 academic year’s six faculty receiving distinguished awards and recognizing faculty granted emeriti titles, shared governance leadership, tenure and promotion awards, superior post-tenure reviews, positive third-year reviews and sabbaticals awarded for the upcoming 2019–20 academic year. Read more at https://today.cofc.edu/2019/04/25/2019-distinguished-faculty-awards/ .

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