Fostering Teaching Excellence: The Community Experience at Rose State College Published March 28, 2024

(Left to Right in Photo):  Tracey Gregg-Boothby, Liberal Arts; Cory Rubel, Engineering & Sciences; Tiffany Lowery, Health Sciences; Ann Smith, Engineering & Sciences; Joetta Gatliff, Liberal Arts; Claudia Buckmaster, Facilitator; Lacey Veazey-Daniel, Liberal Arts; Samantha Bell, Business and Information Technology; and Narges Dehdashti, Engineering & Sciences

Teaching is more than just imparting knowledge; it's about building connections, fostering growth, and creating a community of educators dedicated to their craft. At Rose State College, we understand the importance of collaboration and support in the teaching profession. That's why we're so proud of Teaching in Community (TIC), a transformative program designed to bring faculty members together for a collaborative journey like no other. 

Building a Community of Educators

Teaching in Community (TIC) at Rose State is a two-semester collaborative experience that brings together up to ten faculty members from different backgrounds and disciplines. The program is meticulously crafted to foster individual reflection and renewal while nurturing a community of shared teaching philosophies, successes, frustrations, and techniques.

For newer faculty members, TIC provides reassurance and support in their choice to teach, offering guidance and mentorship from seasoned educators. For veteran faculty, the program offers a renewed sense of purpose and value in their profession, reigniting their passion for teaching and learning. 

A Unique Setting for Collaboration

One of the distinctive features of TIC is its setting. All meetings take place off-campus, primarily in participants' homes, creating a comfortable environment for meaningful discussions. Shared meals serve as the centerpiece of these gatherings, building camaraderie and friendships among TIC alumni. 

Cross-Disciplinary Connections

The bonds formed in TIC extend beyond the program itself, leading to a multitude of cross-discipline events and programs on campus. These collaborations enrich the teaching experience, offering fresh perspectives and innovative approaches to education. 

Application Process

Applications for TIC are sent via email immediately after spring break, with a deadline of June 1. Applicants are notified of their acceptance or deferral in July, allowing ample time for planning and preparation. The program kicks off with an initial overnight retreat, scheduled between Convocation and the beginning of classes. 

Join the Community

Are you ready to embark on a collaborative journey that will enrich your teaching experience and build connections? Apply for Teaching in Community and become part of a vibrant community of educators dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning. 

For more information and application details, please email Claudia Buckmaster at

Together, let's inspire, innovate, and ignite the passion for teaching!