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.

Professional Learning Opportunity – 2024-2025Register Now!

The Teaching Center is partnering with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to offer the Effective Online Teaching Practices course to interested full-time faculty participants. 

This course is different from the previously offered ACUE course in that it focuses on Online Teaching

To learn more and/or register, please use this link:

Call for Proposals

The Teaching Center invites you to share your expertise with your colleagues. Please submit session proposals that you would be willing to lead during fall 2024. Session proposals are needed for college-wide and for specific division-level professional learning. 

Featured Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

Thursday, July 11, 2024
12 – 3:15 pm
Top Hat Summer Camp Webinar Series:
Starting the Term

The first day of class sets the tone for everything that follows. At Top Hat Summer Camp, Dr. James Lang, featured speaker and author of Small Teaching, will share four key principles to make your opening session as memorable and effective as possible, whatever your discipline.

12 – 12:45 pm What’s New with Top Hat

1 – 2 pm Teaching a Great First Day of Class  – Presenter: Dr. James Lang

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Faculty Insights: Launching the Learning Journey

Register for Top Hat’s Free Summer Camp Webinar Series

Friday, July 12, 2024
1 pm – 2 pm
NSCC 1010 Training – D2L Topics I Should Know for NSCC 1010

Target audience – NSCC 1010 instructors that are not faculty
Presenter: Dr. Jessica Rabb

Wednesday, July 17, 2024
11 am – 11:30 am
New Adjunct Faculty Orientation to The Teaching Center (L, E, A, D, S, CRTP)
Adjunct faculty are essential at Nashville State Community College, and The Teaching Center thanks you for being a part of the faculty at NSCC. Please join The Teaching Center for a virtual welcome to teaching at Nashville State Community College. We are looking forward to meeting you.
This presentation is focused on new adjunct faculty at NSCC. 
Presenter: Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director of The Teaching Center
Register for this presentation

Thursday, July 18, 2024
1 – 3 pm
Top Hat Summer Camp Webinar Series:
Engaging Students In and Out of Class

1 – 2 pm Creating a Dynamic Lecture Experience
2 – 3 pm Crafting and Customizing Content with Top Hat
Register for Top Hat’s Free Summer Camp Webinar Series

Friday, July 19, 2024
1 pm – 2 pm
NSCC 1010 Training – What is YouScience? Why is it important? 

Presenter: Dr. Jessica Rabb

Tuesday, July 23
Volunteer State Community College 2024 Summer Institute: Let’s Try Something New
The 2024 Summer Institute will encourage us to become students of teaching as we learn from our colleagues about new ways of engaging students, using class time effectively, assessing learning, and more.
Registration is open to faculty from Vol State and other TBR institutions.
Register here!

Tuesday, July 23
The 2024 Quizlet Unconference: The Agile Educator
In today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape, agility is key to fostering effective learning environments. Learn about Quizlet’s new features that will save time and boost engagement, explore critical media literacy in the classroom, and gain access to unique student perspectives. 
Free Registration

Thursday, July 25
1 – 3 pm
Top Hat Summer Camp Webinar Series:
Setting the Stage for Student Success
1 – 2 pm Strengthening Student Learning Skills in the Age of AI
Most students are unaware of how learning actually works. They’re even less informed when it comes to developing the self-regulation needed to thrive in the classroom, let alone in the age of AI. In this special presentation, Dr. Linda Nilson shares an array of proven strategies you can use to get students to reflect on, monitor, and improve their learning skills. These low-lift techniques are exactly what’s needed to help students realize their potential, in the classroom and in life.
Presenter: Dr. Linda Nilson
2 pm – 3 pm Faculty Insights: Assignments and Assessments that Motivate and Engage
Register for Top Hat’s Free Summer Camp Webinar Series

Friday, July 26, 2024
1 pm – 2 pm
NSCC 1010 Training – How to make an Academic Plan in Degree Works

Presenter: Dr. Jessica Rabb

Friday, August 2, 2024
1 pm – 2 pm
NSCC 1010 Training – Mindset GPS

Presenter: Dr. Jessica Rabb

Are you using TILT?

If yes, please have your students complete the TILT Transparent Instruction Survey during the semester. Click here for instructions for how to give the survey. 

Microsoft Learn Educator Center: Training & resources for educators

If you’re looking for new ways to inspire and engage students, Microsoft Education offers a wealth of free training and virtual workshops for educators. Visit the Microsoft Learn Educator Center for training courses, learning paths, and online events. Stay up to date on all the latest Teams updates, events, workshops, and more with the Microsoft Educator Newsletter.

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 and Upcoming Faculty Development Opportunities in the Events tab

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
  • Bir Bohara
  • Amy Bryant
  • Kurstin Bush
  • Audrey Cross
  • Brian Curtis
  • Genevieve El Chaer
  • Christie Ferguson
  • Melissa Fleck
  • Steven Hancock
  • Mark Helm
  • Jennifer Knapp
  • Robert Ladd
  • Devora Manier
  • Connie Mathews
  • Roslyn Mize
  • Barbra Mullaney
  • Emily Naff
  • Robert Overstreet
  • Harlan Pease
  • Jessica Rabb
  • Amelia Rinehart
  • Cliff Rockstead
  • Elizabeth Schoenfeld
  • Neely Ann Sheucraft
  • Beth Slade
  • Maria Smith
  • Katherine Sorenson
  • Elizabeth Stein
  • Dara Talibah
  • Breanna Waller
  • Leah Welker
  • Mary Elizabeth Wilson-Patton
  • John Woodman

ETSU Graduate Certificate Information Session

Did you miss the information session hosted by the Center for Community College Leadership and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at East Tennessee State University? You can still learn more about the Community College Leadership Graduate Certificate, the Student Affairs Graduate Certificate, and the Higher Education Teaching Graduate Certificate by watching the recording of the information session. If you have any questions, about these programs, please contact Dr. Jill Channing ( regarding the Community College Leadership and Higher Education Teaching Graduate Certificates and Dr. Susan Epps regarding the Student Affairs Graduate Certificate (