Faculty Development Newsletter

2016 - 2017: March, 2017

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March Newsletter

Faculty friends,   Hang in there! It's almost Spring Break! In the meantime, here's some news you can use.   Mary  

This week's Tuesday Soup: Handler Forum (AH 300), 11:45 - 1:15  (come when you can, leave when you must, bring a mug if you think of it)

Note: Tuesday Soup will be taking a hiatus for a few weeks. If you have suggestions for times, places, and/or menus for similar sorts of faculty breaks for food and conversation about faculty issues, please don't hesitate to make a suggestion.    

"Friday" at 4 this Wednesday: What's new (and what's not) in FP--E117 SMC

FP faculty are invited to describe their courses and share their experiences, and all faculty are welcome to enjoy refreshments and chat at the close of the term. Come if you're interested in teaching FP, or if you just want to know what your colleagues have been doing, or if you just want to talk to your colleagues at the end of the term.  All are welcome.   The refreshments start at 4; at around 4:20, the floor will be open to (very brief) talks from a few faculty about their FP experiences; after that, we'll go back to chatting.   Transparent assignments mini-workshops--sign up now What if your assignments were easier to grade? What if students knew whether or not they were doing excellent work before they turned it in? Giving a little more thought to purpose, task, and criteria can make all the difference for students and for you. Read here about the TILT (Transparency in Learning and Teaching) project, and start thinking about an assignment for next term that you might want to workshop with a few colleagues. Sign up for your preferred time(s) here.    

CoFR (Committee on Faculty Resources) announces upcoming deadlines


Mark your calendar: rescheduled "Candid Conversation" on Triggers

Triggers: what they are; what they aren't"  (Monday April 17, 4 pm in Wilson House) Talk with your colleagues and with Janell McGruder, Director of Counseling Services, about your classroom experiences and your questions and concerns about triggers in the classroom. Planned topics include:

Next Midwest Faculty Seminar

The third (and final) seminar for the 2016-2017 academic year, on "Experiencing the City," will be held April 27-29, 2017. Attached is a description of the seminar. If you're interested in being nominated to attend, please let me know no later than Monday, March 20.  

The ACM Notes newsletter

 for faculty and staff is available at http://www.acm.edu/ACMNotes-Winter2017.  Highlights in the winter 2017 issue:    

Recent articles of interest

From Gradhacker: A guide (for anyone) to finding and using images for your scholarship and teaching:  https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/creative-commons-primer-graduate-students   From Chronicle Vitae: Rethinking exams from first principles: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/1723-rethinking-my-exams   From the Chronicle of Higher Education: "Avoiding the Potholes of Program Review":  http://www.chronicle.com/article/Avoiding-the-Potholes-of/239330