Our Services


These are just some of the ways that the IDEA Center can help all of us to think critically about our roles as professionals who teach, conduct research,  who write for publication, and who are active in our community. Come on in and enjoy some coffee, and see how we can help each other to succeed in educating our students and in our careers.


Coaching and Mentoring

Do you have a pre-tenure review coming up? A peer review for promotion or tenure in your future? Would you like to have a “practice run” just to gain confidence? One of our Fellows can collaborate with you about what kinds of feedback you would like to receive and then do a classroom visit. The Fellow would follow up with you at the IDEA Center, where you both can talk about how the class went, and come up with strategies to use during the formal visit.

Have you been asked to teach a supersection for the first time and are concerned about how to take your teaching “big”? Or what new kinds of classroom management issues might emerge in a big class?

Struggling with how to balance your teaching, research, service, and a private life? Coaching sessions could help you to clarify your short-term priorities for this semester and help you to think through some time balancing strategies so that you move forward in your research, do well in the classroom, and share time with those who are important to you – and destress some too!

Please email the Fellows at ideacenter@valdosta.edu to schedule coaching and mentoring.

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Innovation Circles

Do you have research findings that, if communicated to the community, could make a substantial contribution to our region, either socially, financially, or otherwise? Maybe you are not sure how to get the word out about your findings? Do you need help in figuring out how to take an idea and translate it into a marketable product? Come talk with others who are exploring these issues.

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Leadership Circles

Are you a new department head, who wants some peer coaching? Are you thinking about applying for an administrative position on campus and want to strengthen your leadership skills? Have you just been given a committee chair position and you want some mentoring on how to be a successful chair? Join with others in parallel situations and share ideas.

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Research Circles

Have a research idea, but want to find someone with whom to brainstorm? Are you unsure how to take your idea and turn it into a research project for publication? Are you interested in understanding how other disciplines use a theory? Do you need some advice on how to analyze your data? Research circles may be just what you are looking for to get some help and get your research published.

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Teaching Circles

Want to have a group of people with whom to share the highs and lows of teaching? Do you want to try a particular teaching idea, but want to talk it through with some who have used it, before you try it in class? Have you just been assigned a new course and are unsure about how to construct the syllabus? If there are enough people interested in a particular pedagogical idea (e.g., flipping the classroom), we’ll create a teaching circle just for those faculty. A teaching circle could help with issues such as these.

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Writing Circles

Do you have a great research project, but just cannot seem to find the time to write? Do you find yourself procrastinating when you sit down to write? Do you have writer’s block and can’t figure out what to do next? Would you like to be accountable to a group to get some writing done on a regular basis? Then think about joining a writing group.

Or maybe you have so many distractions in your campus office that you just can’t get much writing done there, but you wish you had a quiet place to write on campus. The IDEA Center has a dedicated writing room. Bring a computer or go low-tech and find some pens and a notebook and start writing!

Every November, join VSU's AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month). Initially begun as a way to write a novel in a month, scholars have taken up the idea and challenged each other to practice scholarly writing daily during this month. Here's some more information: (http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/november-is-academic-writing-month/43608 and http://www.phd2published.com/2012/10/15/announcing-acwrimo/). 

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 New Faculty Group

Stressed? Wondering how to survive the first year at VSU? You are not alone. Come, talk, and share strategies for coping and even thriving!

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Advising Group

Much like teaching circles, an advising circle is designed to share the benefits and challenges of your role as an advisor. An advising circle provides you with an opportunity to discuss applying advising theory or brainstorm ways to have students come in to discuss more than what courses to take next term. Whether you are new to advising or you have been advising for years, share your journey as an advisor with others on campus. 

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