NEH Initiatives

EBCI/Indigenous Studies Constellation Group

Spring 2022

An opportunity to read, listen, watch and study about the Eastern Band of Cherokee, engage with resources, discuss in small groups, and create a pedagogical product informed by this learning.  The primary purpose was to then develop and talk through plans for how to put this knowledge to work, having an impact on what is taught in the classroom.

There were three group gatherings, and this structure aimed to decenter hierarchies and encourage group collaboration regarding teaching approaches.


Elena Adell, Languages & Literatures
Melissa Burchard, Philosophy
Renuka Gusain, Humanities
Sonia Kapur, International Studies
Alison Ormbsy, Environmental Studies


NEH Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Initiative


Have you ever made a change to your pedagogy in order to seek out ways to improve your students’ learning process?

I bet everyone on this campus has done so, but only a few of us have begun to present and publish on our pedagogical experiments as part of our research, in particular within the field of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Did you know that almost every department and program value statement (these are used for reappointment, tenure and promotion) validates SoTL work as part of scholarship at UNC Asheville?

As a teaching-focused liberal arts campus, we have a lot of pedagogical knowledge that needs to be shared more widely. Whether you have some experience in SoTL, or are brand new to learning how to transform your classroom insights into publishable articles, the following opportunities are for you.

SoTL Faculty Members

Elena Adell, Languages & Literatures
Sonia Kapur, International Studies
Lise Kloeppel, Drama
Dennis Lundblad, Humanities Program
James Perkins, Physics