Select Chattanooga State Faculty To Receive TBR Revitalization Grants

Monday, March 3, 2014
Shown, from left to right, front row: Karen Eastman, Azar Raiszadeh, Brittney Davidson, Anna Harrington; back row: John Squires, Aaron Willmon, Evelyn Mobley, Michael Sliman, DeLara Stephens, Catherine Nightingale
Shown, from left to right, front row: Karen Eastman, Azar Raiszadeh, Brittney Davidson, Anna Harrington; back row: John Squires, Aaron Willmon, Evelyn Mobley, Michael Sliman, DeLara Stephens, Catherine Nightingale

A total of 18 faculty members from Chattanooga State Community College were selected for a TBR Revitalization Grant by the Tennessee Board of Regents Office of Academic Affairs. The proposals target high enrollment gateway classes and are submitted through a collaborative effort between two teams of faculty that bundle at least two courses within an institution. Courses that involve multiple institutions also are encouraged.

The course revitalizations allow faculty to “think outside the box” and develop creative strategies to engage their students, target instruction to the individual student, and teach critical thinking skills.

Additionally, embedded remediation allows students in courses who are behind a chance to “stay on track,” not lose credits and avoid re-taking a course, saving both time and resources for students and the college.

TBR awarded grants for the following courses and teams:

·         Psychology 1030, John Haworth, team leader; Robin Popp, Dr. Kathy Trotter, Dr. Lindsay Holland, and Dr. Emily Dunlap, team members.

·         Biology 2010, Dr. Evelyn Mobley, team leader; Dr. Karen Eastman and Dr. Michael Sliman, team members.

·         English 1010 and 0810, Dr. Anna Harrington, team leader; Brittney Davidson and Jennifer Ontog, team members.

·         Reading 0810, Dr. Anna Harrington, team leader; Brittney Davidson, team member.

·         Math 1530, Aaron Willmon, team leader; Catherine Nightingale and Dr. Azar Raiszadeh, team members.

·         English 1010, Dr. DeLara Stephens, team leader; Dr. Amanda Hyberger, team member.

·         English 1020, Ann Nicodemi, team leader; Josh Tucker, team member.

The TBR Revitalization Initiative asked faculty to describe the revitalized course and how it differs from the traditional course. Proposals explained the academic problems that it would address as well as how it would enhance student learning and improve student success. Teams described the pilot phase and listed the objective; complete with an outline of steps required to meet the goal. They were asked to explain the quality of student learning and effectiveness of course delivery methods by identifying students who have to take the course. Proposals also listed average annual course enrollment.


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