Click here to download the T-three Academy schedule.

Welcome to Forsyth Tech! Congratulations on your entry into Instructional Services, home to many of your faculty peers and the five academic divisions of Business and Information Technologies (BIT), Engineering Technologies (ET), Health Technologies (HT), Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), and Math, Science, and Technologies (MST). As the fall semester draws near, you may be wondering how to initiate certain processes and services as a faculty member. You may also have questions about ways to be more efficient and effective while teaching, especially if this is your first time. Well, the answers to all of your questions and concerns may be resolved through a yearlong orientation designed specifically for new faculty entering Forsyth Tech for the first time.

The yearlong new faculty orientation, referred to as the T-Three Academy, serves as a connector to the Human Resources hiring process. T-Three is short for Teach, Transform, and Triumph, which is indicative of the vision statement of the Center for Transformative Learning (CTL). The CTL is here to meet all of your faculty development and instructional design needs, which includes the T-Three Academy. The Academy program addresses gaps related to traditional and distance teaching preparedness. It also introduces college services that are available to you, as faculty, and your students. Preparedness is defined by the CTL as “the capacity to perform or the level of readiness to complete a task.” Through the work of faculty fellows, faculty peers, CTL personnel, and representatives from diverse student support services, the goal is to build capacity and performance for the success of all involved. The Academy is a requirement as part of your yearlong probationary period.


On Wednesday, August 16th, we will meet in the Allman Building in Room 414 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Beginning on Friday, August 25th, we will be in the Oak Grove Center in Room 2347, the FLEX (Faculty Learning Experience).

Programming Per Semester

With the exception of the first day, all sessions are held on Fridays from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM (unless stated otherwise). The program is designed to integrate new faculty (“new” meaning new to Forsyth Tech) into the Forsyth Tech culture while sharing best practices in community college teaching. The goal is to introduce some of the unique experiences of community college teaching and administrative duties required to support the non-traditional learner. To ensure there is enough time for you to digest the amount of information delivered throughout the program, you will be given three hours of course release time. Our purpose is to guarantee that you have enough time and practice to feel comfortable and familiar with this process.

The fall semester will focus on getting new faculty acclimated with the support services across the college, faculty fellows, and more opportunities to interact with senior administrators. In addition, new faculty will learn about community colleges in business contexts to learn about terms such as full-time equivalency (FTE) values and other financial impacts. Faculty will also learn about professional and faculty development through multiple interactions with Talent and Knowledge Development and the CTL. Each Friday, new faculty will be exposed to a variety of courses AND programs to get them acclimated with Forsyth Tech culture, services, and programs.

During the spring semester, new faculty, along with interested current faculty, will take part in an introduction to community college teaching course to learn more about the ins and outs of teaching. This course is to address new faculty coming in as subject matter experts with little to no community college teaching experience. The course is designed to integrate Forsyth Tech’s culture and sound instructional practices in general.

Click here to download the T-three Academy schedule.

Session Descriptions

Fall Semester

All-faculty Meeting
Afternoon of Tuesday, August 15, 2017

T-Three Begins (Fall Programming)
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Faculty will learn about our student demographic, retention strategies, participate in a panel with the Vice President of Instructional Services and Chief Academic Officer and the deans within the division, have lunch with panel members, and learn about the Student Code of Conduct and Title IX.

Records Office
Friday, August 25, 2017
Faculty will learn how to handle withdrawal forms at different times in the semester, no-show reporting, and grading, and FERPA.

Web Attendance
Friday, August 25, 2017
Faculty will learn how to use Web Attendance to capture student attendance.

Examining Your Teaching Philosophy
Friday, September 1, 2017
Faculty will learn and discuss their teaching philosophy based on an inventory taken prior to this session.

Introduction to Adult Learning Theory
Friday, September 1, 2017
Faculty will be introduced to the principles of adult learning theory and how it is applicable to the students we serve.

Introduction to Blackboard
Friday, September 8, 2017
Faculty will be introduced to Blackboard and its ability as a learning management system.

Introduction to Retention Management and Starfish
Friday, September 8, 2017
Interactive session will look at Starfish Early Alert and CONNECT software features.  Faculty will be exposed to how to properly utilize Starfish to holistically support student success within the classroom and as advisors.  Starfish Early Alert and CONNECT tips for adapting course scheduling to for just-in-time feedback to students will also be provided.

Learning Experience (LX) Design
Friday, September 15, 2017
Faculty will be introduced to ways to enhance the student learning experience through best practices and principles shared by peers and instructional designers.

Student-centric: Turning Interruptions into Interactions
Friday, September 15, 2017
Too often students are seen as an interruption to our work, rather than the very purpose of it. Participants will be challenged to re-examine their approach to students and learn that every single interaction has an impact, whether positive or negative. The course highlights the importance of first impressions, the impact of getting it wrong and provides examples of going “above and beyond.” The ultimate goal is for every faculty member to ensure meaningful student experiences that lead to success and to build a positive Forsyth Tech brand image.

Friday, September 22, 2017
Faculty will be introduced to Lynda.com and its benefit for professional development and as a resource for students.

The Learning Center
Friday, September 22, 2017
Ever wonder what goes on in the Learning Center?  Did you know that we do more than just tutoring students?  Want to find out why we need your signature on tutoring forms?  Come to this informational session and find out how we can help you in a variety of ways. In this course we will be taking a closer look at the different areas of the Learning Center: Academic Testing Center, Tutorial Services, BIT Lab, and the Learning Center Computer Lab.

Library Services and Resources
Friday, September 29, 2017
Much has changed in the library world and students more than every are presented with a perplexing array of sources and pseudo sources, some good, some bad, and some just plain ugly! In this course we will explore the services and resources, both traditional and digital, that students have available to them.

Backwards Design: Designing w/ Learning Objectives in Mind
Friday, September 29, 2017
This session continues the discussion related to LX design and will introduce faculty to a course design blueprint to help them plan assessment and instructional resources differently.

Starfish Progress Surveys
Friday, October 6, 2017
Session will specifically look at best practice concepts for responding to Student Midterm Progress Surveys in Starfish.  Faculty will utilize Blackboard grade book reporting to identify students with Academic and/or attendance concerns.  Discussion for student service options continues in this session, as well as discussion on types of notes to leave students for feedback.

James A. Rousseau Minority Male Success Initiative
Friday, October 6, 2017
The James A. Rousseau Minority Male Success Initiative is a goal-oriented program designed to support the educational, professional and life management aspirations of the minority male students at Forsyth Tech. The program seeks to increase the retention rate, graduation rate, transfers to four year colleges and universities and the completion of developmental courses. To accomplish this, the program increases exposure to educational, professional and civic opportunities.

Shugart Women’s Center
Friday, October 6, 2017
Session focus on the Shugart Women’s Center and its mission, services offered (counseling, referrals, workshops/empowerment seminars, resource library, “Enhancement Center), and leadership club for women (SWCircle).

Evening Campus Administration
Friday, October 6, 2017
Session will focus on the purpose, responsibilities of the administrator, physical location of administrators, names and contact phone number of the administrators.

DiSCover Your Personality
Friday, October 20, 2017
DiSC is a widely-used assessment tool that recognizes behavioral differences in people based on four factors: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Compliance. Participants will gain an understanding of how they are perceived by others, as well as a language to discuss their own behavior and work style. While remaining simple and intuitive, the DiSC model equips both individuals and teams with authentic ways to build trust, reduce conflict, increase understanding of others, and improve communication. Completion of an individual pre-assessment is required.

Active Shooter Simulation and Ride Along (Campus Police)
Friday, October 20, 2017
Sworn officers from Forsyth Tech’s Campus Police will educate new faculty on various safety and security topics where they have a better knowledge of police procedures, processes and duties. Activities include an active shooter simulation and police ride-along.

Financial Aid and Reporting
Friday, October 27, 2017
Financial Services will educate faculty on their impact on financial aid reporting, which affects students and the College. They will discuss the urgent and critical process of reporting No Shows and Withdrawals and the negative impact of untimely reporting. Faculty will also learn about satisfactory academic progress (SAP) and its meaning to financial aid students, scholarship opportunities, Financial Aid TV, and why it is important that students take classes within their major.

The Business Side of Sustaining a Community College (Business Services)
Friday, November 3, 2017
Faculty will learn about the business side of community colleges such as FTE, enrollment, operational budget, etc.

An Open Conversation w/ Barnes and Noble
Friday, November 3, 2017
A representative from Barnes and Noble will come to discuss store operations, the textbook adoption process, etc.

Semester Startup Strategies
Friday, November 17, 2017
Learn some strategies from faculty peers about how to begin a new semester. Information will include how to prepare your Blackboard course.

Semester Sunset Strategies
Friday, December 1, 2017
Learn how to close out for the semester, which includes information about Blackboard courses.

Fall Celebration
Friday, December 15, 2017
A celebration to acknowledge hard work and a long semester.

Spring Semester

T-Three Continues
January 3, 2018
Faculty will participate in the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop. Learn the underlying principles behind the QM Rubric and the critical elements of the QM quality assurance process. Learn about drafting helpful recommendations as you apply the Rubric to an actual course.

Universal Competencies
January 12, 2018
Discussion about the Universal Competencies at Forsyth Tech.

Introduction to Instructional Design
January 19, 2018
Learn about course design and strategies for effective course delivery. Strategies include some advance information about adult learning theory and motivational design.

Assessment and Evaluation (Part 1)
January 26, 2018
More information about course design and course delivery and an advanced look at Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Assessment and Evaluation (Part 2)
February 2, 2018
Part 2 of the series gives opportunities to discuss and practice creating assessments and evaluation criteria.

Assessment and Evaluation (Part 3)
February 16, 2018
Final session of the 3-part series looks at creating a course design blueprint based on Quality Matters standards and guidelines.

Specialized Advising Training
February 23, 2018
This is a two-part session that takes place on February 23, 2018. The first session would cover general advising information (test score interpretation, program evaluation, class placement). The second session will cover approaches to student engagement in advising and documentation.

Teaching with Technology (Part 1)
March 2, 2018
Faculty will review the course design blueprint and learn more about learning management systems.

Teaching with Technology (Part 2)
March 9, 2018
Faculty will learn how to use technology to increase student engagement.

Using Technology to Measure Student Achievement
March 23, 2018
Faculty will learn how to assess learning in real-time using technology. This focuses more on formative feedback. Faculty will also review their course design blueprint.

March 30, 2018
Faculty will learn about the Reading and Writing Center, Off-campus centers, and the Forsyth Tech Foundation.

Course Design Experience (CDX)
Until April 20, 2018
Faculty will have dedicated time to work on their summer or fall courses with assistance from faculty fellows and instructional designers.

New Faculty Graduation
May 11, 2018
For this yearlong experience, new faculty deserve their own graduation. We will celebrate your accomplishments and remote the “new” stigma.