Select Chattanooga State Faculty To Receive TBR Revitalization Grants

Monday, March 03, 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.


Virginia College Hosts Holiday Open House Dec. 6

Virginia College in Chattanooga will host a free Holiday Friends and Family Open House for staff, faculty, students and their families on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to be held at the campus located at 721 Eastgate Loop Road. Attendees will learn about the educational opportunities available to Chattanooga-area students at Virginia College. Various ... (click for more)

Lee Student Presents At American Mathematics Society

Lee University student Jonathan Clark presented at the fall Southeastern Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematics Society. His presentation was titled “An Application of a Generalized Parameterization of Conic Sections.” Mr. Clark’s presentation took a closer look at the connection between the two- and three-dimensional definitions of conic sections. Using vector calculus ... (click for more)

Grote Hall At UTC Campus Closed Due To Sinkhole

A sinkhole has prompted UTC officials to close off access to Grote Hall. Grote Hall employees have been told they do not need to report to work on Monday. Classes that are held in Grote Hall are called off for Monday. All other classes and campus activities are on for Monday. (click for more)

Bradley County Police Investigating Shooting; Victim Dies

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred in the area of Georgetown Road. The sheriff's office said Sunday night that the victim had died. The victim's name has not yet been released.  A BCSO officer was waved down at the intersection of 25 th Street and Peerless Road by the driver of a vehicle who told the officer a gunshot victim ... (click for more)

Don't Be Quick To Discard Common Core

Let's not be too quick to discard Common Core. A recent article in the Tennessean on  Sunday detailed Common Core successes the Kingsport, Tennessee school system.  I encourage you to read it.  The article also noted that Tennessee was recently ranked as one of the fastest improving states in education after implementing portions of the Common Core curriculum ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UVa --Time For Change

The University of Virginia is, by any measure, one of the finest universities in the world. I have long admired it, whether covering dozens of sports events, cavorting with countless friends, or benefitting repeatedly from the surgical skills of the late world-class humanitarian Frank McCue. But today there is a terrible pall over “Mr. Jefferson’s university” – no, make that a ... (click for more)