Thinking about moving a course from in person to online? This session will help you get started moving your course to an online format. Held Wednesday, September 13, 2017, from 9:00am until 10:00am in the Faculty Center.

For more information, please contact Amy Brown, UTLC’s Assistant Director of Technology Enhanced Pedagogy, via email at, or 336-334-5885.

Can you imagine a day when charging your cell phone is a simple as buying a solar panel at Walmart, pulling the sticker off of it, and putting it on your window?

Dr. Hemali Rathnayake, Associate Professor of Nanoscience at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, is working to make this idea a reality. She has received $1.5 million in grant support from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and other funders to develop smaller, more energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly, and inexpensive solar panels. Read more…

Congratulations to our most recently promoted and/or tenured faculty members from spring 2017:

Promotion to Professor

Dr. Tanya M. Coakley (Social Work)
Dr. Laurie W. Gold (Kinesiology)
Dr. Karen LaParo (Human Development and Family Studies)
Dr. Constance L. McKoy (Music Education)
Dr. Anatoly Miroshnichenko (Physics and Astronomy)
Dr. Loreen N. Olson (Communication Studies)
Dr. Kimberlianne Podlas (Media Studies)
Dr. Julia M. Smith (Psychology)

Conferral of Tenure

Anna R. Craft (University Libraries)
Dr. Xiaoli Gao (Mathematics and Statistics)
Erin R. Lawrimore (University Libraries)
Dr. Jianjun Wei (Nanoscience)

Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

Dr. Heng An (Accounting and Finance)
Dr. Jill C. Bender (History)
Dr. Claudia Cabello Hutt (Languages, Literatures and Cultures)
Dr. Leslie L. Davis (Adult Health Nursing)
Dr. Kimberly K. Hewitt (Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations)
Travis L. Hicks (Interior Architecture)
Dr. Arielle T. Kuperberg (Sociology)
Dr. Esra Memili (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism)
Dr. Sheryl A. Oring (Art)
Dr. Kimberly S. Petersen (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Dr. Tyreasa Washington (Social Work)
Dr. Ethan Zell (Psychology)


A recognition and celebration event is held in late September for newly-tenured and/or promoted faculty. Visit the University Libraries’  Promotion and Tenure Recognition site to learn more.


For more information on the 2017-2018 Promotion and Tenure process, please visit the “Promotion and Tenure Policies” link.

Here, you will find the most recent Promotion and Tenure Reappointment Review Calendar (PDF), along with other University-wide promotion and tenure documents.

Fall Semester Bag Luncheons and Coffeehouses

Please join the University Teaching and Learning Commons in the Faculty Center for these regular events held during the semester.

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BROWN BAG LUNCHEONS – drop-in discussion sessions with colleagues.
You bring your lunch and we bring the snacks and coffee.

    September 21, 11:30am-1:30pm– High Impact Practices in the Classroom

    October 3, 11:30am-1:30pm– Technology in the Classroom

    November 14, 11:30am -1:30pm– High Impact Practices Across the Curriculum


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COFFEEHOUSES – informal, “pop-up” coffee shop for faculty in the Faculty Center. Held weekly, rotating between Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 – 10:30 am.

We offer a variety of *free* breakfast snacks, coffees, teas, and hot chocolates.
No theme, no workshop, just free coffee and time with colleagues.

    Wednesdays: 8/23, 9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1,11/15

    Thursdays: 8/31, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9

Teaching and Learning Workshops – Fall 2017

Please mark your calendars for the University Teaching and Learning Commons‘ workshops scheduled for this fall semester.
All workshops are held in the Faculty Center.

  • August 242:00 -3:00pm – Teaching Large Classes
  • August 3011:00am- Noon – Course Design Strategies
  • September 79:00 -10:00am – Getting Students to Read Before Class
  • September 1310:00 -11:00am – Getting Started in Online Teaching
  • September 271:00-2:30pm – Team-Based Learning
  • October 172:00 -3:00pm– The Just Classroom: Strategies for Inclusive Learning Environments
  • November 811:00am – Noon – The Classroom and Assessment