First-Year Experience Events

Each month, PACE will focus on a different teaching and learning topic. September’s topic of the month is First-Year Experience. In addition to the events below,  see our First-Year Experience resources.

Setting the PACE on the First-Year Experience

Link to ARMOR flierThe PACE monthly professional development topic kick-off! You won’t want to miss it!

Who: Faculty, Staff and Students
What: Student panel discussions by second year students on their first year experiences. Facilitated by Rick Patton, a PACE First-Year Experience Faculty Fellow.
When & Where: September at these different times & locations:

Tuesday, September 4 12:15pm – 1:15pm MA
Wednesday, September 5 9am-10am BL
Wednesday, September 5 1pm-2pm ST
Thursday, September 6 11am – 12 noon DIV
Friday, September 7 10am-11am HV
Friday, September 7 1pm-2pm HV

Why: For professional development on a high impact practice in higher education.

Read more about the PACE faculty fellow, Rick Patton who’s project is on the First Year Experience. Download the ARMOR flier and hang it in your classroom!

Upcoming monthly topics

  • October: Setting the PACE for Global & Diversity Learning
  • November: Setting the PACE for Service Learning
  • December & January: Setting the PACE for Technology enhanced learning

To learn more about Setting the PACE events, contact the PACE office: 865-539-7335 |

Drop-in for GIFT Rapping

GIFT stands for Great Ideas For Teaching. Colleagues from multiple campuses will share their GIFTs on the professional development topic of the month.

Who: Faculty
What: Sharing Great Ideas for Teaching (GIFTs)
When & Where: Every 2nd Wednesday, at a different campus each month.

When Where Topic
Wed., Sept. 12: 11:30am to 1:30pm HV PRT F101 First Year Experience
Wed., Oct., 10: 11:30am to 1:30pm DIV Global and Diversity Learning
Wed., Nov., 14: 11:30am to 1:30pm MA Service Learning
Wed., Dec., 12, 11:30am to 1:30pm BL Technology enhanced learning

Why: To learn some great ideas for teaching from your colleagues and to share some of your own!

To learn more about GIFT Rapping drop-in sessions, contact the PACE office: 865-539-7335 |