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The Incubator hosts events for College of Arts and Sciences faculty to encourage and celebrate innovative teaching across our community.

Gamecock Teaching Days

In this annual event, held each Fall, some of our best, most creative faculty will open their classrooms for colleagues to visit for the day. Small groups of 3-5 observers, hosted by our Teaching Associates, will visit selected courses to observe a class session taught by our award-winning faculty and see different teaching styles, instructional practices, and learning environments. After each observation session, the Incubator provides coffee and other refreshments at a nearby location, giving faculty, observers, and associates an opportunity to share their perspectives in an informal, follow-up conversation. This event connects faculty committed to innovative and effective teaching to like-minded colleagues in and outside of their home disciplines.

INCUBATE Design Challenge

A half-day workshop and competition to create a new event for spurring innovative teaching in the college. Co-facilitators David Cutler of USCreativity and Christy Friend of the Incubator guided teams of selected teaching faculty through design-thinking processes to create proposals for a new event. The workshop included an introduction to creative problem-solving strategies, a practice exercise, and a structured team design project. The Incubator will host the winning proposals during Spring, 2020. 

Innovation Pop-ups

At the end of their tenure at the Incubator, each Innovative Teaching Associate shares their results as part of our series of “Innovation Pop-Ups!” Featuring informal, engaging, hands-on formats around campus, each Pop-Up highlights key elements of a two-year project funded by the Incubator.

Faculty Learning Communities and Think Tanks

Departments and CAS faculty are invited to convene reading groups, journal clubs, communities of practice, or similar groups related to teaching in the Incubator space. Please email Christy Friend at for details. 

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.