The Teaching Center at Nashville State Community College – Nashville, Tennessee

Welcome! The Teaching Center is designed by faculty for faculty. It seeks to promote a culturally responsive environment that values excellence in teaching, collaboration, research, and engagement in order to positively impact student success.

Featured Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

Wednesday, February 8
10 – 10:50 am
Let’s talk about… ChatGPT and AI Text Classifier 
Join The Teaching Center for moderated discussions of topics impacting teaching and learning. Each “Let’s talk about…” session has a specific topic for us to discuss, analyze, and expand our knowledge and skills. This week, we will be talking about ChatGPT and AI Text Classifier.
Moderator: Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director, The Teaching Center
Zoom

Friday, February 10
9 am – 9:50 am
Dare to Lead Rumbling with Vulnerability
In our 3rd workshop focusing on Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead, we will be discussing care and connection and armored leadership versus daring leadership. If you are reading along, please read Part 1: Rumbling with Vulnerability, Section 3, pages 70-117. If you aren’t reading along, still join us as we build skills to be able to dare to lead.
Presenters: Neely Ann Sheucraft, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Fellow, The Teaching Center; and Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director, The Teaching Center
Zoom

Friday, February 10
10 am – 10:50 am
Stop talking, Start Influencing (L, S)
In this session, I will share how to improve our teaching through a deeper understanding of how people learn (based on Dr. Horvath’s book of the same name).
Presenter: Harlan Pease, Associate Professor of Communications and English and Fellow, The Teaching Center
Zoom

Friday, February 10
11 am – 11:50 am Make an Impact at NSCC – Become an Impact Player Friday PLC (L, A, D, S, ACUE)
Impact players engage differently and make a tremendous positive impact on the work, their colleagues, and the organization. This spring, join us as we explore Liz Wiseman’s book, Impact Players: How to take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact. In this second session, we will learn about impact players, what makes impact players different, and how we can make ourselves useful as impact players.
Note: A second PLC for Make an Impact at NSCC has been added. This PLC will meet on a Friday each month.
Moderator: Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director, The Teaching Center
Zoom

Wednesday, February 15
10 am – 10:50 am
Make an Impact at NSCC – Become an Impact Player (L, A, D, S, ACUE)
Impact players engage differently and make a tremendous positive impact on the work, their colleagues, and the organization. This spring, join us as we explore Liz Wiseman’s book, Impact Players: How to take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact. In this third session, we will learn about impact players, what makes impact players different, and how we can step up and step back as impact players.
Presenter: Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director, The Teaching Center
Zoom

Thursday, February 16
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
“Let Me See”: Using the Learning Management System to Support You in the Classroom (L, S, ACUE)
New to teaching at NSCC? A seasoned professional with years of experience in the classroom? The Brightspace/D2L Learning Management System is here to enhance your teaching experience and the students’ learning experience. However, “nuts and bolts” user instructions don’t always provide faculty with insights into ways that the LMS can fully support the classroom experience. This workshop will dive in to the “whys” and “hows” of implementation from a faculty perspective. A basic understanding of D2L is useful, although links to training will be provided for those who need an update. Bring your tips, tricks, and techniques to share!
Presenter: Mary Elizabeth Wilson-Patton, Ph.D., Associate Professor – ESL
Zoom Link

Friday, February 17
9 am – 9:50 am
Learning from Watermark Survey Results from 2022 (L, E, A, D, S) 
Every fall and spring, students complete the Watermark Survey about our classes. Individual faculty have access to their individual reports, but we don’t know how our own results are compared with the college as a whole. Join us as we analyze our NSCC college-wide Watermark survey report from fall 2022. We will use the college-wide report to allow us to see a big-picture perspective of the Watermark survey results for faculty to use the college-wide results and own individual results for planning for the upcoming semesters. Note: The workshop will focus on college-wide results, only. No individual’s results will be shared. 
Presenter: Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director of The Teaching Center 
Zoom

Friday, February 17
11:30 am – 12:20 pm

Let’s talk about… Student Engagement 
Join The Teaching Center for moderated discussions of topics impacting teaching and learning. Each “Let’s talk about…” session has a specific topic for us to discuss, analyze, and expand our knowledge and skills. This week, we will be talking about student engagement. 
Moderator: Maria Smith, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Fellow, The Teaching Center
Zoom

Research you can use

ChatGPT, AI, GPTZero. Wondering what these are or how to address the use of these by students? Here’s your starting point to learn more. Special thanks to our Library for creating this resource.

Faculty Fellow Applications for 2023-2025

Applications to become a fellow with The Teaching Center are now available. Please submit the following items to indicate your interest in becoming a Faculty Fellow beginning fall semester 2023.  Submit these items in email attachments to amy.bryant@nscc.edu before Friday, February 24, 2023, at 5 pm:

  • Statement of Interest
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Current Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty and/or administration.
    More information about requirements and expectations are available here.

Register for the ACUE Effective Practice Framework®
Nashville State Community College 2023-2024 Cohort

Nashville State Community College supports faculty growth and is pleased to be able to provide you with an opportunity that begins this fall designed to enhance our campus commitment to faculty and student success. The Teaching Center at Nashville State Community College is partnering with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to offer the ACUE Effective Practice Framework® to interested full-time faculty participants.  

The ACUE Effective Practice Framework® prepares college instructors to use research-based techniques shown to help students succeed in online learning, face-to-face learning, and combinations of these delivery formats, and completion of the course leads to a nationally-recognized Certificate in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE).  Through investment in professional development for faculty by Nashville State Community College, the ACUE Effective Practice Framework® will be offered at no cost to you and will run from August 2023 through May 2024 of the 2023-2024 academic year.  

To participate in the ACUE Effective Practice Framework® through NSCC, you must complete this registration form. Registration will continue through April 14 or when spots are filled.   If you have any questions, please contact The Teaching Center by reaching out to Amy Bryant, Tammy Ruff, or Neely Ann Sheucraft.

Teaching Strategies Research

Check out our new resources focusing on research and providing teaching tips for you. This section will be updated with articles sharing about teaching strategies, research that you can use, and tips for teaching.

The Teaching Center Offers the Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices Certificate

The Teaching Center continues to offer the Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices Certificate for the faculty of Nashville State Community College. For complete details, go to the CRTP tab https://ww2.nscc.edu/theteachingcenter/crtp/ and Upcoming Faculty Development Opportunities in the Events tab https://ww2.nscc.edu/theteachingcenter/upcoming-faculty-development-opportunities/.

Congratulations to our CRTP Certificate Recipients!

The Teaching Center is proud to announce that the following faculty members have completed the Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices Certificate. Congratulations to:

  • Jesmin Akther
  • René Bataille
  • Valerie Belew
  • Amy Bryant
  • Kurstin Bush
  • Audrey Cross
  • Brian Curtis
  • Christie Ferguson
  • Melissa Fleck
  • Mark Helm
  • Jennifer Knapp
  • Robert Ladd
  • Devora Manier
  • Connie Mathews
  • Roslyn Mize
  • Barbra Mullaney
  • Harlan Pease
  • Amelia Rinehart
  • Elizabeth Schoenfeld
  • Neely Ann Sheucraft
  • Maria Smith
  • Katherine Sorenson
  • Elizabeth Stein
  • Mary Elizabeth Wilson-Patton
  • John Woodman

Mental Health and Self-Care Resources for Faculty and Staff

Check out this great page on our website for faculty and staff Mental Health and Self Care Resources. It includes contributions from all of you that are designed to lower our stress levels. In addition, take a few minutes to play NSCC Wellness Bingo!

Take a few minutes to play “Wellness Bingo” and lower your stress level!

EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES TWO HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

For more information, contact: Dr. Jill Channing, Graduate Coordinator, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis: Email: channing@etsu.edu Phone: (423) 439-7617
For more information, contact: Dr. Richard Rhoda @ rhodar@etsu.edu or Dr. Jill Channing @ channing@etsu.edu