Supporting our faculty in adopting innovative and effective teaching methods
Opened in 2014, The Office of Instructional Innovation extends the University’s mission to invest our collective knowledge and resources in the enhancement of learning and success for all students.
Specifically, we work with faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, encouraging and supporting their efforts to adopt innovative and inclusive instruction methods that fully engage their students and improve success. The office also serves as a multi-directional liaison for students, faculty, administrators, campus offices, and the greater University community.
We’re located on the 3rd Floor of Steele (room 3010, CB# 3106).
Our Role at UNC Chapel Hill
Focused on Student Learning and Success
Because faculty are on the front lines with students several times a week, they play a central role in fostering student success. This office seeks to help faculty become better and more impactful teachers the classroom.
We participate in new faculty orientations, departmental and chair meetings, and professional development workshops. A critical part of our service to the college and the greater university involves bringing a teaching and learning perspective to committees that focus on curriculum reform, strategic planning, or student success.
Supporting Faculty in their Teaching
We encourage individual faculty to reach out anytime for advice about enhancing their own teaching. We’ll also connect them to other people and resources around campus.
We also offer programming that promotes cultural change around approaches to teaching for groups of faculty and departments. In addition, we invite any groups to reach out if they would like help facilitating conversations around teaching and learning, want to learn how to create more inclusive classrooms, are looking for data about their programs, or would like to talk about anything else that aligns with teaching and learning.
Different from Other Similar UNC Offices
The Office of Instructional Innovation serves the College of Arts & Sciences specifically. Situated within the Office of Undergraduate Education, under Senior Associate Dean Abigail Panter, the Office provides an important link to other programs and projects that are designed to ultimately affect student success. Student learning is at the center of a student-centered classroom and thus, by interacting with units such as the Office of Undergraduate Curriculum, the Office of Retention, and First Year Seminars, all of our efforts are synergized.