NEW CFE Faculty-in-Residence Program

Steve Buzinski, PhD, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Steven G. Buzinski

The CFE has launched its latest initiative: a faculty-in-residence program designed to support select faculty interests related to faculty development. We are excited to announce that the CFE's first Faculty-in-Residence is Steve Buzinski, Ph.D. (Psychology). Steve is working on the development and implementation of programming related to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

SoTL takes a systematic, evidence-based approach to assessing and improving teaching and learning. Instructors can use course-related assessment data as a foundation for published articles, conference presentations, to help bolster professional vitae, and to advance departmental and University goals.

Steve has been an active member of the SoTL community since graduate school and is excited to work with faculty members from across the University. Among the SoTL resources that Steve will be leading this academic year:

  • Friday “office hours” for faculty consultations

  • SoTL workshop series

  • Faculty SoTL Baseline Survey

  • SoTL Faculty Learning Community (Spring 2018)

Join us for our first SoTL workshop: What is SoTL, What is the Point, and How do I Get Started? Friday, October 13, 2017.

For information on how to register for the workshop and other fall SoTL support, visit the CFE website. Questions about SoTL? Contact Steve Buzinski.


Welcome, New Faculty!

CFE Open House for Faculty New to Carolina

On September 7th, the CFE welcomed new faculty at its Open House for Faculty New to Carolina from the following schools:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Education
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work
  • Summer School
  • University Libraries
Co-sponsored with the University Libraries, the Open House was attended by over 120 faculty and staff. Over 30 units across UNC participated in the event to provide resources useful to new faculty. Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Jim Dean and Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives Carol Tresolini welcomed attendees with inspiring remarks about on-campus opportunities for new faculty. New University Librarian Elaine Westbrooks also greeted the faculty. Faculty had the opportunity to learn more about services and offerings from the libraries and the CFE, as well as tour an active learning classroom as part of the event.

Learning Community for Faculty New to Carolina

Fortunately, our conversations do not have to end with the Open House; the CFE is currently accepting (brief) applications for our Learning Community for Faculty New to Carolina. All faculty hired after July 1, 2015 are eligible for this cohort-based program which convenes monthly throughout the 2017-18 academic year.

Interested in joining the New Faculty FLC? Eligible faculty can apply here. For best consideration, submit your information no later than 5pm on Friday, October 6. Want to learn more? Contact Phil Edwards.

Apply Now Fall 2017 CFE Course Design Institutes

The CFE Course Design Institute (CDI) is a structured sequence of workshops, activities, and working sessions held over a 3-day period (12 hours overall) where a small cohort of 6-8 instructors is immersed in backward design approaches for developing their courses. You can expect to leave a CDI understanding how and why to design a course based on goals and objectives; having received feedback on your course design from Institute facilitator(s) as well as from your peers; and with a basic structure for your course and beginnings of relevant course materials.

The next CFE Course Design Institutes are scheduled for:

  • October 30, November 6, & November 13, 2017 (M, 12:30pm-4:30pm)

  • December 18, 19, & 20, 2017 (M/T/W, 8:30am-12:30pm)

Applications will be accepted for the October - November 2017 Institute until 5pm on Monday, October 2nd, and for the December 2017 Institute until 5pm on Monday, November 20th. Go to to learn more!

Introducing the CFE 2017-18 Graduate Student Fellows

CFE is delighted to announce its second cohort of Graduate Student Fellows. The 2017-18 Fellows bring expertise from a range of disciplines from across campus:


Jacqueline Chang, Department of Nutrition

Sarah Gaby, Department of Sociology

Ampson Hagan, Department of Anthropology

Sarah Ruth Hoffman, Department of Epidemiology

Don Holmes, Department of English and Comparative Literature

Chenai Kadungure, Global Studies


Graduate Student Fellows have a unique opportunity to learn about faculty development and faculty life through engaging with the CFE in ongoing programming and events in all CFE program areas: Teaching and Learning; Research; or Leadership. CFE is grateful to the Graduate School for its continued support of the Graduate Student Fellows Program.

Learn More at the NEW CFE Website!

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