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Vol State Teaching & Learning Center

Teaching & Learning Center: Overview

The Teaching and Learning Center provides Vol State faculty with resources to help them professionally.

Welcome to the Teaching & Learning Center

About the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC)

 Vol State  The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) at Volunteer State Community College (VSCC) is a faculty-driven initiative to support the community of educators at all of our VSCC campuses. The TLC will support existing initiatives on our campuses in order for our faculty to continue the valuable work they are currently pursuing. While supporting those efforts, the TLC aims to create more opportunities for our faculty to collaborate and learn from each other, all while showcasing the hard work and dedication our faculty have for their craft.

The TLC will provide:

  • Resources faculty want and need, allowing them to be successful in and out of the classroom.
  • Support to faculty while serving at VSCC.
  • Physical space for instructors/professors to share, learn, and relax.
  • Professional Development that is consistently tied to faculty development.

TLC Background

The TLC resulted from Vol State faculty expressing the desire for a faculty-led program with its own designated space(s) to support professional development and build community with other teaching colleagues. All faculty were invited to an initial meeting in the spring of 2019, followed by several additional brainstorming sessions and the creation of a faculty-wide survey sent out in the fall of 2019. Based on the input of meeting attendees and survey participants, a proposal for the TLC was submitted to Academic Affairs in January 2020 and approved in early March 2020. The TLC continues to evolve and adapt to the changing needs of the faculty.

  Get Involved with the TLC

Contact the Coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Center, Erin Bloom (erin.bloom@volstate.edu), to be added to the Advisory Board for updates and meeting schedules. 

Need help with the TLC guide? Contact Kelly Ormsby (kelly.ormsby@volstate.edu) or Bryan Saums (bryan.saums@volstate.edu) for information about this or any of the TLC guides. Let us know of resources to include.

Collaborate and suggest resources and trainings for more equitable, culturally-responsive, and anti-racist teaching.

The Teaching and Learning Center has a physical space in the Thigpen Library, in room 224. 

Faculty are free to use this space at their leisure! The room has several whiteboards, tables, and chairs. It is also a designated Zoom Room, so it is virtual and/or hybrid capable. Currently there is no need to book the room for use. Please be mindful that Friday's may be busy with other faculty holding sessions or using the space as well. 

Feel free to help yourself to a cup of coffee to-go or while you work!

Can't find information that you need?

Finding information at Vol State is sometimes difficult because much of the information is not available on the Vol State website (volstate.edu). This means that the website's Google search or A-Z index does not find the desired information. This guide is an example as the content on this guide is not discoverable through the College website.

Start your search at the Employees page on the Vol State website as this page links you to information, applications, and resources relevant for faculty needs.

Look at Orientation page for common resources needed new and adjunct faculty. In addition to those resources, here are a few links that faculty may need:

More Guides from the TLC

The Teaching and Learning Center has a collection of guides to assist faculty.

Your Teaching and Learning Center Coordinator

Erin Bloom smiling, welcoming you to the TLC

My name is Erin Bloom and I am entering my 3rd year as the Coordinator of the Teaching and  Learning Center (TLC) and I am also an Associate Professor of Biology in the Math and Science Division. I have been an educator for 10 years and I am passionate about engaging others through teaching and learning. 

It has been my pleasure to serve as Coordinator the past two years, as the TLC has accomplished so much - including offering various personal and professional development opportunities by VSCC Faculty, hosting guest speakers, offering our annual Summer Institute, and holding semester long Learning Communities. I am so excited to see what we accomplish this year - we have big plans and some exciting things headed your way!

Please reach out to me or any of our Advisory Board members (the real MVPs) if you have any questions or want to get involved with the TLC directly. We are always looking for avenues of collaboration across the college and we can also help facilitate connections among faculty!

TLC Advisory Board Members

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TLC Advisory Board

  • Jonna Alexander 
  • Erin Bloom
  • Joshua Bond 
  • LuAnn Buck 
  • Melanie Cochran 
  • Linda Cathey 
  • Penelope Duncan
  • Maryam Farsian 
  • Abigail Felber 
  • Elizabeth Forrester 
  • Leah Frauendienst 
  • Rhonda Gregory 
  • Wanda Grimes 
  • Karen Johnson
  • Chrysa Malosh
  • Betty Mandeville 
  • Krista Mazza Carter 
  • Jennifer McMillion 
  • Lingli Ni 
  • Stacey Nieman 
  • Kelly Ormsby 
  • Ines Petrovic 
  • Ami Price
  • Bryan Saums
  • Girija Shinde 
  • Amber Sullivan
  • Daniel Walker 
  • Stephanie Webb 
  • Philip Williams