Faculty Communities

The Faculty Development Office is pleased to offer faculty communities: ways to collaborate with colleagues on professional development projects. Read about our faculty inquiry projects and writing group opportunities below.

Create a new faculty community! Share your ideas for a faculty inquiry project or skill-building series by contacting Amy Kinch.

Learning LaTeX: Skill Building Series

Fridays, October 6, October 20, and November 3, 3:10-4:30 p.m. CHCB 229.

This workshop series will introduce the basics of using LaTeX, a typesetting program used for producing technical and scientific writing. The difference between typesetting and word processing is that word processing formats your text as you write--"what you see is what you get". Typesetting allows you control of the document format through programming, a particular advantage when it comes to mathematical expressions. Participants will be able to work on their own projects in a hands-on workshop with guidance from Jen Fowler, Assistant Director, Montana Space Grant Consortium. Please email Amy Kinch to sign up.

Fall 2017 Faculty Writing Groups

Research has shown that writing groups increase scholarly productivity. Our experience at UM has demonstrated that they also build collegiality among motivated faculty members from across campus. Join a faculty writing group for Fall 2017 to create protected time to complete your writing projects. Choose from one of the following meeting times:

Thursdays, 1-3 (September 14, Sept 28, Oct 12, Oct 26, Nov 9, Nov 30, Dec 14)

Fridays, 9-11 (September 15, Sept 29, Oct 13,  Oct 20, Nov 17,  Dec 1, Dec 15)  

Space is limited. Please contact Amy Kinch to join one of these groups. 

Faculty Inquiry Project: Creating Engaging Learning Experiences

Join colleagues to discuss innovative ways of engaging students in course content using Universal Design for Learning, a research-based framework grounded in the learning sciences. Explore new approaches to crafting lessons and receive support for trying new techniques in your courses. Graduate instructors are welcome to apply.

Please complete this brief application to join the group. Submit applications to the Faculty Development Office, 303 Todd Bldg., or by email to amy.kinch@umontana.edu.

Past Faculty Inquiry Projects and Series

Inquiry projects are designed for faculty members who want to take a collective and scholarly approach to addressing a professional topic. The format creates a collegial setting in which faculty members from across campus learn from one another.

Engaging students in the digital age (Spring 2017)

Examining Course Curriculum for Diverse Perspectives (Fall 2016)

Technology in the Classroom (Fall 2016, Missoula College)

Large Courses in the Sciences (Spring 2016)

Faculty Writing Groups (Spring 2016, Fall 2016)

Social Science Applications of the R Statistical Package (Spring 2016)

Opportunities for Mid-Career Development (Fall 2015)

Selling Your Story: Presentation Skill Building Series (Fall 2015)

Leadership (Spring 2015)

Improve and augment your digital course materials (Fall 2014)

Reaching your goals for productivity and personal well being (Spring 2014)


Faculty Feedback

"I really love the writing group.  The accountability, dedicated writing time, and positive support are very valuable." Fall 2016 Writing Group participant

[The most valuable part of the Writing Group] was the fact that most people committed to coming regularly, staying the entire time, and focused on writing and not chatting." Fall 2016 Writing Group participant

"The faculty members were all extremely knowledgeable and engaged in effective dialogue throughout the meetings. The group brought positive perspectives and goals to the table." Spring 2016 FIP participant

"[I valued] the ability to connect with other faculty members and discuss how they teach-getting to know that other folks are interested in trying new things in the classroom but are equally as unsure about it as I am!" Spring 2016 FIP participant

"This is what I thought academia was supposed to be like." Spring 2015 FIP participant