In this immersive program, fellows will redesign a general education course they teach, infusing it with discussion-based pedagogy. Their focus will be on bringing ancient and classic texts into conversation with modern or contemporary work, exploring the persistent human questions that span time, place, and culture. Think Antigone with Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Sappho with Love in the Time of Cholera, or Montaigne’s Essays with the Lobster, to name a few inspiring ideas.
At the conclusion of the fellowship, we look forward to sharing the syllabi they create for discussion-based courses focused on transformative texts and ideas and the persistent, human questions they raise. Syllabi will identify at least two fundamental questions that the course and curriculum raise and will include Student Centered Study Questions for readings scheduled for class discussion on the course reading list, and will include graded opportunities for project or group/based learning. Each course will include creative and engaging assignments to support this study.
TGQF aims to elevate general education to liberal education at U.S. Community Colleges. Fellows will help us develop national recommendations for general education curricula and discussion-based engagement. These recommendations may include a core curriculum, liberal education course sequence, and a course certification model.
This fellowship opportunity was open to all community college faculty, both full-time and adjunct, with at least four semesters of teaching experience in credit-bearing courses that meet general education or core curriculum requirements. Faculty from all academic disciplines, including the social and pure sciences, were encouraged to apply. Many more highly qualified faculty members applied than we could invite to join the fellowship; the selection process was very competitive.
Faculty Fellows won’t just change their classroom; they’ll help shape the future of community college education. Faculty Fellows work will be an integral part of TGQF’s mission to set national standards for general education curricula, fostering engaging discussion-based learning experiences across community colleges.
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