About Now: Current Teaching Events and Topics
The Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center hosted more events than usual this semester and we are taking the opportunity to provide you with further information on those events. We are also pleased to announce the opening of our new Technology Collaboration Room, which was funded by the Global Campus.
Winter Teaching Symposium
We began the year with our annual Winter Teaching Symposium on January 8th, focusing on student engagement Provost Gaber provided a presentation on its importance and Kate Mamiseishvili and Michael Hevel gave the keynote address, “Best Practices for Student Engagement.” You can access their handout here as well.
We also featured a series of break-out sessions—John Pijanowski: “Attendance”; Suzanne McCray and Trevor Francis: “Retention and Graduation”; and Jennie Popp: “Service Learning.”
February Faculty Lunches
Our February Faculty Lunches were presented by our own Mark Boyer, who compiled and analyzed data collected at Winter Symposium and presented “Who We Are and Who We Want to Be,” detailing the challenges that faculty have identified as most important to overcome in order to continue developing.
March New Faculty Lunch
Our New Faculty Lunch in March was presented by Paul Calleja: “How Faculty Communicate What They Value to Students” in which he provided a variety of ways to let students know what it is that you as the faculty member values, whether in their assignments, participation, or behavior.
Special Lunch Program
We had a bonus lunch in March when Adnan Al-Rubaye and Theron “Greig” Roberts held a session on “Challenges of Teaching Large Courses and Suggestions for Improving Student Engagement.”
March Tech Workshop
March 12 was the debut of our new Technology Collaboration Room at the Teaching and Faculty Support Center, which was created in partnership with the Global Campus. To christen the room, Cheryl Murphy, Shelly Walters, and Ken Muessig presented the research that Cheryl conducted with a TFSC Research in Teaching Grant: “Blackboard Tools at the University of Arkansas- Aligning Student Wants, Faculty Use, and Tool Purpose.”
Faculty Enrichment Series
The Faculty Enrichment Series, co-sponsored along with the Office of the Provost and Global Campus Instructional Design & Support Services took on a new topic this semester, “Intellectual Property: In the Classroom and Beyond.” Participating units also included Academic Initiatives and Integrity, University Libraries, IT Services Research Data Services, the Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development, and the Graduate School.
We were also pleased to have from the School of Law Professor Uché Ewelukwa, who gave a keynote address both days: “Copyright Issues Facing University Professors,” “Trade Secret Protection for Universities and Professors,” and “Introduction to Patent Issues in the University Setting.”
Faculty Appreciation Event
April 9th capped off Faculty Appreciation Week with a reception and incoming Interim Chancellor Dan Ferritor Emceed “This is Your Life.” Don Johnson: “Creating the Future: All in a Day’s Work;” Lorraine Brewer: “Growing the Future: One Student at a Time;” Paul Calleja: “An Incomplete Journey: The Start of Something Good;” and Charles Robinson took a walk down memory lane and offered up inspiring stories of their own road to faculty superstardom, while TFSC Co-Directors Jeannie Whayne, John Pijanowski, and Mark Boyer tagged in with fun facts and figures about the incredible faculty here at the U of A.
Our Faculty Lunch programs in April were presented by Mary Savin whose presentation “Mentoring Matters: The Value and Expectation of Being Mentored,” provided a great deal of insight to the mentoring process from both sides of the relationship for New Faculty and Not So New Faculty alike.
And we’re still going strong! Join us for our All Faculty Dead Day Panel when Neil Allison, Jim Gigantino, and Jennifer Webb discuss “Ways to Connect with Students,” moderated by John Pijanowski. May 1st, 11.30-1.30pm, in the Hembree Room, 203 Willard J Walker Hall
An open house at the TFSC Office in the Harmon Parking Garage (7th floor) will follow the Dead Day lunch. We will be featuring our new Technology Collaboration Room and serving cupcakes and coffee.
Our All Faculty Dead Day Panel was a huge success, thanks to all who joined us!
New Website, New Look
Along with all of the terrific faculty development programming, we launched our new website at TFSC@uark.edu. Stop by and check out our new look!