Teaching and Learning Center

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About the Teaching and Learning Center

The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) at North Carolina Wesleyan College encourages and advocates teaching excellence.  TLC seeks to accomplish this by aiding faculty in the use of innovative teaching strategies, providing forums that foster the discussion of college teaching best practices, and supporting faculty in research and other scholarship endeavors that involve students.

The Teaching and Learning Center Objectives

  • Coordinates instructional workshops and lectures for faculty that feature evidence-based teaching and learning scholarship.
  • Provides a resource center on campus that includes a lending library, technology library, and instructional technology support.
  • Maintains a resource-based website designed for NCWC faculty.
  • Aids faculty in designing class content consistent with intended student outcomes.

In keeping with its mission to encourage and advocate teaching excellence, the Zipf Teaching and Learning Center at North Carolina Wesleyan College awards the ZTLC Travel Award each academic year.

Currently, few conferences require travel, and the award this year has been renamed as indicated above. Since attendance costs will be lower, we are excited to be able to award professional development funds to more applicants. We anticipate that these awards would be used to cover costs of:
– virtual teaching workshops
– conferences
– webinars

PLEASE NOTE that these can be teaching focused or include disciplinary professional development with a focus on teaching. Applicants pursuing awards without a teaching focus will not be considered.

The award may be spent from the time it is awarded until May 15, 2022.

The recipient must be a full-time faculty member.

As proposals are reviewed, the recipient(s) of the award will be selected and notified. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds have been exhausted.

The ZTLC Travel Award decision committee consists of those in the following roles at the time of the submission deadline: ZTLC Director, ZTLC Assistant Director, Professional Development Committee Chair, latest Exemplary Teacher Award recipient, latest Jefferson Pilot Award recipient. If one person currently fills one or more of the above roles, they will only be given one “vote” in the decision process. If a ZTLC Travel Award applicant currently fills one of the above roles, they will be excluded from the decision process.

Take the TLC Survey. Get Your Certificate.

The NC Wesleyan Teaching and Learning Center offers an option for receiving an electronic certificate of completion for our professional development events. The certificate is linked to the TLC Participant Evaluation and Feedback Survey.

If you would like the certificate, simply answer “yes” to the first question on the survey. The certificate will be automatically sent to the email address that you enter.

Teaching and Learning Center Staff

Heather Louch, Ph.D.
Director, TLC
Office Location: GSC 112

Doreen Thierauf, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, TLC
Office Location: PCB 173

Ayra Sundbom, MSID
Instructional Technologist
Office Location: PCB 187

The Learning Center Advisory Committee

Mr. Chip Larkin

Dr. Bennie Felts

Dr. Shannon Crowley

Dr. Andrew Stern

Dr. Molly Wyatt