Teaching Center Endowment for Faculty Support

In commemoration of the Teaching Center’s 25th Anniversary, a new Teaching Center endowment fund has been established.  During Bruins4Bruins, an annual promotion to encourage members of the Belmont community (alumni, parents, faculty and staff) to support the University and future students, Belmont is highlighting this new fund. Belmont will match, dollar for dollar, gifts of any size from current employees to four special funds, including the new Teaching Center Endowment for Faculty Support. Gifts will be matched through December 31, 2020.

Our goal is to secure $12,500 in the Teaching Center Endowment by June 30, 2019.  We invite you to join us in making a gift to the Teaching Center Endowment and helping us reach this goal during our anniversary year.  You can establish a new or update an existing payroll deduction pledge here, or you can make a one-time gift here. For more information, please feel free to call or contact us in the Teaching Center. You can also contact Debbie Sprang in the Office of Development at debbie.sprang@belmont.edu or x5460.

Teaching Center May 2019 Workshops

This is a reminder for Belmont faculty to RSVP via email for the upcoming Teaching Center May workshops by Friday, May 3 so we can finalize catering plans. Both workshops will take place on Tuesday, May 7th in the Massey Boardroom. Below, you can see a schedule for the day and brief workshop descriptions.


Gathering time with coffee and pastries – 9:30 – 10:00am

Cultural Humility in the Classroom – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Buffet lunch provided – 12:00 – 1:00pm

“Yes, And” Communication: Improv Exercises for the Classroom – 1:00 – 3:00pm


Cultural Humility in the Classroom
Presented by Dr. Timothy Forde, Vice Provost for Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer at Eastern Kentucky University. This workshop is cosponsored by the Office of Multicultural Learning and Experience.

Research on cultural competence has continued to evolve within institutions of higher education, with an increased emphasis on cultural humility, which may be an important construct toward building relationships that honor the diversity of our students who represent marginalized backgrounds due to culture, ethnicity, religion, etc. This workshop will help you answer both the “why” and “how” questions about creating culturally responsive classrooms, regardless of the subject matter you teach.

“Yes, And” Communication: Improv Exercises for the Classroom
Over the last 12 months, many of us have participated in reading groups for If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on my Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating by Alan Alda.  For this workshop, Jim Al-Shamma (Theatre), Shawn Knight (Theatre) and Jimmy Davis (Communication Studies) will lead us in some improv theatre techniques similar to those described in the book.  The techniques, designed to facilitate more fruitful and effective communication from us to our students and to increase empathy, could also potentially be used for developing student communication skills.  The workshop will focus on actively engaging with each other to experience the improv exercises first-hand.

Resource of the Month

April’s resource, and the final Resource of the Month for the 2018-2019 academic year, is found in the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (JoSoTL). The article, Introducing and Evaluating a “Study Smarter, Not Harder” Study Tips Presentation Offered to Incoming Students at a Four-Year University, was written by Tara T. Lineweaver, Amanda C.G. Hall, Diana Hilycord, and Sarah E. Vitelli of Butler University. According to its website, JoSoTL “aims to address contemporary issues bridging teaching and learning in higher education, philosophical approaches to teaching, current research, and praxis.”

The purpose of the Resource of the Month is twofold:
1) To encourage the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) by providing examples of high-quality research.
2) To provide faculty with innovative ideas that promote effective pedagogy.

Recently at the Teaching Center…

Teaching Center 25th Anniversary Comments

As discussed in last week’s post, the Teaching Center hosted a lunch discussion on April 1 to celebrate 25 years of the Teaching Center at Belmont University. At the luncheon, Vice Provost Phil Johnston spoke about the history and role of the Teaching Center at Belmont University. You can read Dr. Johnston’s comments below.

Dr. Phil Johnston speaks at the Teaching Center 25th Anniversary Celebration.

I want to welcome you on behalf of the Provost and other Senior Leaders.  This is a great day in the life of the Belmont University Teaching Center. For twenty-five years, faculty from Belmont University have benefited in many ways as a result of the leadership, mentorship and guidance offered through the Center.

On a daily basis, the Center staff provide conversations on the art (and science) of teaching and learning.

On a regular basis The Teaching Center offers reading groups, seminars, conferences, lunch discussions, references, retreats, and personal coaching for faculty on the art and scholarship of teaching and learning.

On an annual basis The Teaching Center is instrumental in providing new faculty a thorough orientation to the University, a robust August Workshop for faculty and others, and offers current faculty an array of opportunities to interact with notable faculty from other institutions, providing a dialog with colleagues.

The Center staff are engaged with a network of conferences nationwide, and provide useful information enabling faculty to participate as presenters and engaged learners, even by offering travel grants to support this development!

I want to offer an additional thanks to Mike Pinter, Nathan Webb and Nanci Alsup who currently serve in The Teaching Center, and who have rather recently engaged with the University’s Fellows program.  In the past four or so years, Fellows who have joined us have benefited greatly from the hospitality, engagement and guiding hand of these staff.  Our Fellows program is designed to assist newly minted terminal degree colleagues a structured entry into academia.

It is very likely that every person in this room has benefited in one or more ways from the offerings of The Teaching Center – I know I have.  The commitment of the faculty and staff who have served in The Teaching Center undoubtedly have helped shape and enrich our students’ education and their lives.

I want to say thank you to the faculty who have served as Directors of The Teaching Center over these past 25 years: Mike Awalt, Marcia McDonald, Pete Giordano, Kim Entsminger, Merrie King and Mike Pinter – (twice)!  Along with them have been many hard working members of the Teaching Center Advisory Board, as well as those who have served as Assistant Directors and staff.

I’ll conclude my comments by reminding you that the current Bruins 4 Bruins campaign, announced by Provost Burns recently, features four endowments you can support with your financial gifts.  I ask you to seriously consider these and remember that one of these is the Teaching Center Endowment for faculty support.  We know that in time, gifts donated to this endowment will further the mission of The Teaching Center.

Again, welcome and thank you.

Editorial Note: Please check the blog in the next few weeks for more information on the Teaching Center Endowment.

Recently at the Teaching Center…

Teaching Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Teaching Center Directors Past and Present: Kim Entsminger, Mike Pinter, Pete Giordano, and Marcia McDonald

On April 1, the Teaching Center hosted its final lunch discussion of the spring semester. Faculty and staff gathered to celebrate 25 years of the Teaching Center at Belmont University. At the luncheon, former Teaching Center directors offered comments regarding the role of the Teaching Center on campus during their terms and thus provided some historical framework for the work of the Teaching Center. Specifically, attendees heard from former directors Marcia McDonald (Professor of English), Pete Giordano (Professor of Psychology), and Kim Entsminger (Professor of Chemistry). In addition, current director Mike Pinter and Vice Provost Phil Johnston spoke about the history and role of the Teaching Center at Belmont. Check back over the next few weeks for additional information on the Teaching Center’s 25th anniversary.

Summer Reading Groups

The Teaching Center invites Belmont faculty to join a
Summer 2019 Reading Group!

To sign up for a group, reply to teachingcenter@belmont.edu with the title(s) of the book(s) you are interested in reading.  You are welcome to sign up for more than one group.  Please reply by Tuesday, April 16th so that we have adequate time to determine which books have sufficient interest to form a group.  Also include your general availability from Maymester through the second summer session.

The Teaching Center will provide a book for reading group participants!  The exceptions to this are the books for which we have unlimited access to an ebook available through the Bunch Library website; in this case, the Teaching Center will provide a single hard copy of the book for each group to share.  We will have a brief planning meeting with your group on Wednesday, April 24 (Academic Preparation Day) so that group members can decide on dates, locations and times the group will meet.

Feel free to contact the Teaching Center with any questions.  Drop by the Teaching Center (JAAC 2049/2050) if you would like to skim through a copy of a book in which you are interested.

Here is a list of the book titles being offered this summer:

  • Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change by Leonard Mlodinow
  • Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
  • There, There by Tommy Orange
  • Mozart’s Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
  • The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
  • The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser
  • Called to Rise: The Power of Community in a Nation Divided by David Brown and Michelle Burfort
  • The Children Act by Ian McEwan
  • Myths America Lives By: White Supremacy and the Stories That Give Us Meaning by Richard Hughes

Resource of the Month

The Resource of the Month for March is another online teaching and learning resource. The SoTL Advocate is associated with the Office of the Cross Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University (ISU) and edited by Jennifer Friberg (Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL at ISU). The blog was created in 2014 “to highlight SoTL and to encourage discussion within the SoTL community on various topics of interest to those working in SoTL at ISU and beyond.” Recent posts have examined topics like upcoming SoTL conferences, data sources for SoTL research, SoTL advocacy, and how to start doing SoTL research.

The purpose of the Resource of the Month is twofold:
1) To encourage the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) by providing examples of high-quality research.
2) To provide faculty with innovative ideas that promote effective pedagogy.

Recently at the Teaching Center…

 Christie Kleinmann Named Assistant Director for 2019-2020

Christie Kleinmann, Associate Professor of Public Relations, will serve as the Teaching Center Assistant Director for 2019-20.  Christie has been very involved in Teaching Center programs during her time at Belmont, including active participation in recent Teaching Center August and May workshops, reading groups, and lunch discussions.  She brings strong communication skills to the position, and among other aspects of her work with the Teaching Center, Christie will focus on connections across our campus that build and sustain the community of learning at Belmont. In addition, Christie will manage The Art of Teaching blog during her tenure as Assistant Director.

Please join us in thanking Christie for her desire and willingness to serve our campus commitment to effective teaching that leads to deep learning.

Q & A With Campus Partners

The Q & A With Campus Partners series is designed to connect faculty with personnel and offices on campus in order to better serve Belmont’s students. This installment features Adrianne Archie from the Belmont Office of Leadership Development- BOLD.

What is your title?
Assistant Dean and Director of Leadership Development.

What brought you to Belmont?
I believe, the campus culture and the students brought me to Belmont. In 2012 when I relocated to Nashville from Louisville, the first friends and associates I made were Belmont employees and students. I didn’t know much about Belmont at the time but I knew that I enjoyed my new friends.  The Belmont students I’d worked with spoke well of the university and the experiences they had as we collaborated on various service-learning and music projects.  Having worked in the non-profit sector, the music industry and in field of education for more than 15 years, Belmont has turned out to be an excellent fit!

What do you do in your role as Assistant Dean and Director of Leadership Development?
I provide support and care for all Belmont students in partnership with the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs. My position came out of the Vision 2020 Student Leadership Development task force approved recommendations between 2014 and 2016. When I arrived in August 2017, I was charged with centralizing and creating a framework and database for campus-wide leadership development, highlighting and bolstering leadership within the general education and honors requirements and creating a leadership development hub for all students. I partner with various Belmont offices, departments and academic colleges to create experiences and opportunities for students to realize their full leadership potential.

How does your office serve Belmont’s students?
The Belmont Office of Leadership Development- BOLD creates and provides experiences that help students increase their capacity to lead and serve ethically.  We believe every Belmont student is a leader with or without a formal leadership position. The office’s ultimate goal is to meet students where they are and provide guidance as they journey to become ethical, transformative servant-leaders who engage and transform the world. Leadership development is one of the keys that will help our students go from here to anywhere. BOLD helps students make sense of their leadership development experiences in and outside of the classroom by tracking and assessing their progress in a co-curricular transcript in Bruin Link. Students who complete programs and experiences across campus within the four BOLD levels of engagement will receive a certificate in leadership development upon graduating.

In what ways do (or can) faculty partner with your office?
Faculty members provide a wealth of knowledge, resources, and expertise in the areas of ethics, resilience, collaboration, communication, inclusivity, and service as they help facilitate the various programs, workshops, retreats, and convocations offered by the Belmont Office. These competencies are all leadership development.  Faculty members have also helped edit and evaluate the curriculum created at each BOLD level of engagement to ensure that the office achieves its learning objectives and outcomes.

Faculty can continue to help spread the word about BOLD opportunities and help students understand how they are being developed as leaders in and outside of the classroom.

What would you like faculty to know about Belmont Office of Leadership Development- BOLD?

  1. If we have not met, I would love to come to your office to get to know you. There is so much that I can learn from you if you are willing to share. I am ready to listen in order to serve our students well.
  2. The Belmont Office of Leadership Development believes in leadership development for all!
  3. Leadership development is everyone’s business at Belmont and we want to highlight the work you are doing to create bold, ethical Belmont leaders.
  4. When a faculty member tells even one student about BOLD or offers just 15-30 minutes of their time to help a Belmont student realize and increase their capacity to lead, we all win! The Belmont mission is accomplished.

In partnership with the faculty, BOLD is committed to preparing and empowering students with a toolbox of leadership skills and experiences through a seamless, integrated, high-impact leadership development presence in both curricular and co-curricular spaces.

You can find more information on BOLD here.

Resource of the Month

This month’s resource, An Analysis of the Effect of Student Prepared Notecards on Exam Performance, is found in College Teaching. The article, written by Daniel M. Settlage and Jim R. Wollscheid, examines the effect of student-prepared notecards on student performance. According to its website, the journal “provides an interdisciplinary academic forum on issues in teaching and learning at the undergraduate or graduate level.”

The purpose of the Resource of the Month is twofold:
1) To encourage the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) by providing examples of high-quality research.
2) To provide faculty with innovative ideas that promote effective pedagogy.