UTLC Newsletter

Practical Strategies for Teaching:

We are using the occasion of Valentine’s Day to take a break from thinking about pedagogy and, instead, to offer a pause and a reflection on some tips aimed at helping your teaching as well as the rest of your well-being. Today’s tips focus on the topic of self-care in academia:

  1. Identify what you need, then how to meet that need. There is no “one-size-fits-all” self-care plan, but there is a common thread to all self-care plans: making a commitment to attend to all the domains of your life, including your physical and psychological health, emotional and spiritual needs, and relationships. It is important to identify practices that contribute to your well-being. It is equally important to identify obstacles that can prevent you from engage in those practices regularly, and to plan strategies for addressing and overcoming those obstacles.
  2. Rely on your core productivity habits. Morning meditation? Afternoon exercise? Evening e-mail embargo? Daily writing session? Weekly social engagement? Habits can be important healing practices, catalysts for productivity, and sources of strength for helping others. As we attend to the demands from teaching, research, service (and the pressures not marked on an academic CV), it is important to fortify the plans for accountability and support systems that care for the things that best care for us.
  3. Chocolate demonstrates significant antioxidant activity. I mean, who can argue with an article that’s been cited over 160 times, right? We could all use the help of some delicious antioxidants this week!

If you are interested in resources for self-care, the University of Buffalo has a comprehensive site on strategies for assessing, planning for, and tending to self-care needs. You might also enjoy this article from Inside Higher Ed about the need for self-care in today’s political climate, which provided some of the ideas for today’s tips.

Past Strategies


We need your input!

The UTLC will soon be building on the Teaching Tips format to include a podcast focused on more in-depth responses to the common questions and concerns faced by UNCG faculty. If you have something in mind that you want the UTLC to address, we invite you to send topics or specific questions to us at tio@uncg.edu, and stay tuned for the first episode of the podcast!

Library Tips

This semester, we add some tips from UNCG Libraries to our regularly scheduled programming! These tips are designed to help you better use the resources available through the libraries to achieve your teaching and learning goals.

It’s the second week of class. Do you know who your library liaison is? You may already know who the library liaison to your department is, but have you contacted them yet this semester? Liaisons can help you order library materials to support your department or program and meet with you or your students to provide research support. We can also help your whole class get prepared for a research assignment by designing a customized in-class workshop and/or developing a course-specific research guide.

To find your liaison and their contact information, you can take a look at this list, or you can contact the library anytime here.

You can also join UNCG Libraries at Coffeehouses this semester! We will have a variety of topics across the semester with University Libraries staff ready to discuss and answer questions!

Mark your calendar – key upcoming UTLC events:

The UTLC:TIO Coffeehouses are open to all faculty and are offered weekly in a rotating Wednesday/Thursday schedule. Coffeehouses are meant to bring faculty members together for a quick cross-campus conversation. No specific topic is identified. There is no need to register for the UTLC Coffeehouse – drop in as your schedule allows!No sign up required.
In the Faculty Center from 9am to 10am on the dates listed below.

Wednesdays Thursdays
January 10, 2018 January 18, 2018
January 24, 2018 February 1, 2018
February 7, 2018 February 15, 2018
February 21, 2018 March 1, 2018
March 14, 2018 March 22, 2018
March 28, 2018 April 5, 2018
April 11, 2018 April 19, 2018

Brown Bag Lunches
Drop-in discussion sessions with colleagues. You bring your lunch, and we bring the snacks and coffee. There is no need to register for Brown Bag Lunches – feel free to join or leave at any time as your schedule allows!

  • February 22, 11:30am-1:30pm – High Impact Practices
  • March 14, 11:30am-1:30pm – Games and the Classroom
  • March 28, 11:30am-1:30pm – High Impact Practices Across the Curriculum
  • April 13, 11:30am-1:30pm – Online Learning

Teaching and Learning Workshops
Please join us for our Teaching & Learning workshops, held throughout the semester on the following topics.
Sign up for workshops here. All workshops will be held in the Faculty Center.

Online Learning and Innovation Webinar Series
UNCG Libraries and the UTLC are collaborating on a series of 30-minute webinars for UNCG faculty, instructors, librarians, graduate students, TAs, and staff interested in learning more about instructional technology and online learning at UNCG. Sessions will be held live through WebEx Training Centers, but recordings will also be made available through the UTLC and UNCG Libraries websites.

  • January 22 – Academic Integrity: Canvas and Ways to Avoid Violations
  • February 15 – Using Rubrics
  • March 14 – Peer Review in Canvas
  • April 9 – Streaming Media: From the Library and Beyond

These webinars are brief, accessible resources for immediate application to your goals for online learning. If you are interested, you can sign up for sessions directly here.


Important opportunities are available!

  • Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award – Summer 2018

Accepting proposals through Feb 18 (extended due to snow days)

URSCO is accepting requests for support through the general URCA (Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award) and Globally Engaged URCA fund lines for Spring 2018. GE URCA proposals may include requests for Spring and Summer terms. These funds are for faculty and students who are engaged in scholarly activities that are authentic to your discipline.

Don’t miss this February 18 deadline. (Fall/Spring requests are due April 8.)

We have ~$70,000 available for faculty to support undergraduates through the 2018 Summer Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award program.

  • Faculty Funding Application – Global Engagement Course Development Award

For 2017-18, Global Engagement has up to $50,000 in Global Engagement Course Development Award funding available for faculty to create or revise courses incorporating the four Global Engagement SLOs. Awards range from $500 (revised course) to $1,000 (new course or series of courses). The Spring 2018 deadlines to apply are January 19 and March 16.

It is our goal that by supporting faculty as they incorporate more global themes into their courses, students will graduate from UNCG with the skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly global world.

Please visit globalqep.uncg.edu/faculty/grants.htm for more details on available awards.

  • URSCO Student Travel Grants

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office has limited resources to support student travel to disseminate results of scholarly inquiry at conferences/exhibitions. Support can include costs of travel, room, board, and registration. The maximum request amount is $500. Requests are due by the 1st of each month, with award announcement by month’s end. Funds are distributed as a reimbursement upon the completion of travel and presentation.

  • Opportunities for faculty in the Office of Research and Engagement

Click here for a list of deadlines, events, and upcoming workshops with the Office of Research and Engagement.

  • STEM Faculty: Call for Participation in Faculty Incubator on student growth mindset and self-regulation

Do you wish you could actually do something in your classes to improve your students’ learning, motivation and self-regulation? Join STEM colleagues in a RISE-sponsored Faculty Incubator to develop and try out teaching methods that cultivate a growth mindset, student self-regulation, and promote the use of good learning techniques. We will meet 6 times in the Spring semester on Wednesdays (time TBA based on participants’ availability). Each faculty participant will receive a $300 stipend.

Dr. Sara Heredia will engage the group of faculty in the Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) problem solving framework, which is widely used to identify and test solutions to classroom problems. Identify and solve a current issue that is meaningful to you while learning a process you can continue to use in the future!

If you are interested in joining the incubator, or would like to learn more about it, please contact the facilitator, Dr. Sara Heredia (TEHE), at scheredi@uncg.edu.