Faculty Development Series Fall 2017


Space is limited. Please reserve your seat by RSVPing at umt.edu/fdoevents.

Improving your syllabi

Monday, August 28, 1-1:50 p.m. NAC 103.

An effective syllabus prepares students for an educational journey. Learn how to match course syllabi with course design and the overall arc of a class. Please bring a paper copy of a syllabus and a laptop or tablet.

Making writing assignment descriptions more effective

Monday, August 28, 2-2:50 p.m. NAC 103

We’ll analyze writing assignment descriptions to better understand how to communicate expectations and support students’ efforts. Please bring paper copies of 1 or 2 of your planned writing assignment descriptions and a laptop or tablet.

Mentoring diverse student populations

Monday, August 28, 3-4:00 p.m. NAC 103

The University of Montana is committed to providing an educational environment that respects, welcomes, encourages, and celebrates a diverse student body. Join us to learn about the challenges our underrepresented minority students face and how you can be an effective mentor to them. This session will have an emphasis on the experiences of the hundreds of Native American students that we serve.

Beyond the trigger warning. A Pedagogy Project Microtalk.

Wednesday, September 13, 12-12:50 p.m. NAC 103. Lunch provided.

How do you balance the potentially competing demands of safe classrooms for all students and vigorous engagement with controversial issues?

Using NVivo for qualitative research

Tuesday, September 19, 2-3 p.m. SS258 or online.

The Department of Educational Leadership and the Social Science Research Laboratory will co-host a one-hour NVivo introductory webinar for interested faculty, staff and graduate students. NVivo11 for Windows is a qualitative data analysis software package designed to help researchers analyze text-based and multimedia information. It supports coding by source types, visualization, and complex queries.

Creating inclusive classroom discussions

Wednesday, September 20, 12-12:50 p.m. NAC 103. Lunch provided.

This interactive session will focus on preparing faculty to create classroom environments that feel relevant, welcoming, and safe to all students. Laurie Walker, Associate Professor, Social Work, and Ruth Ann Swaney, Program Coordinator, Native American Natural Resources Program, will lead a discussion of case studies on complex questions like those related to climate change, Standing Rock, and Charlottesville, and share resources for meeting students where they are and developing their critical thinking skills.

Flipping the classroom. A Pedagogy Project Microtalk.

Wed, Sept 27, 12-12:50 p.m. NAC 009. Lunch provided.

Interested in developing a blended/hybrid course? Have questions about what works and what doesn’t in the “flipped" classroom? Our panelists will discuss the challenges they faced and the successes they achieved when flipping their classrooms. 

Tenure and promotion

Thursday, September 28, 12:30-1:20 p.m. UC 329.

Provost Beverly Edmond, Dean Chris Comer and Dean Stephen Kalm will discuss Individual Performance Record (IPR) submissions, evaluation procedures, and expectations for promotion and tenure.

Sabbatical applications

Thursday, September 28, 3:30-4:20 p.m. UC 329.

Sabbatical Assignment Committee Chair Claudine Cellier will discuss approaches to preparing a sabbatical application and the review process.

Proposal Development Series: Finding funding and framing your initial pitch

Wednesday, October 4, 3:30-5 p.m. ED 123.

The first in a four part series from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), this session will introduce practical strategies and tools for identifying sources of funding, framing a proposal topic, becoming a principal investigator, and communicating the need for your project. Attend all or any of the four sessions in this series!

Proposal Development Series: Designing your project and managing submission of a proposal

Wednesday, October 18, 3:30-5 p.m. ED 123.

Learn more about reading a request for proposals, identifying an effective team, building a logic model for your project, and creating a timeline/checklist for a proposal. Hosted by ORSP.

Using problem-based learning to enhance active engagement in science courses

Friday, October 20, 3-4:30 p.m., Skaggs 114.

Problem-based learning (PBL) in a large classroom setting can significantly enhance the classroom experience of students as well as the instructor. Evidence will be presented indicating this technique also helps develop the generic problem-solving skills of students. Presenter: Andis Klegeris, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, The University of British Columbia. Hosted by the Department of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Writing a successful NSF CAREER proposal

Wednesday, October 25, 3-3:50 p.m. Skaggs 117.

Discuss application strategies and gain new insights on submitting a CAREER proposal from Andrew Whiteley, Assistant Professor, Wildlife Biology, and 2017 NSF CAREER award recipient.

Setting the stage for success: Designing classes and assignments to help students manage work, life, and school. A Pedagogy Project Microtalk.

Thursday, October 26, 2:30-3:20 p.m. NAC 202 and Missoula College.

Balancing school with family and work can cause significant stress for some students. This session will explore strategies for engaging these students in the classroom through effective course structures, assignments, and assessments.

Proposal Development Series: Writing an effective proposal narrative

Wednesday, November 1, 3:30-5 p.m. UC 225.

Understand the steps to building an effective narrative by discussing strategies with a successful principal investigator and reviewing examples of proposal submissions. Hosted by ORSP.

Publishing your research through a national platform

Friday, November 3, 10-10:50 a.m. UC 333.

Martin LaMonica, Deputy Editor for The Conversation U.S. (www.theconversation.com/us) and former journalist for the Boston Globe, will offer insights on capturing the attention of the public. He will describe ways to pitch research-based pieces to The Conversation, a newsfeed site that republishes in major news outlets. Last year, 20 articles written by UM authors received 382,000 reads through the site.

One-on-one consultations on pitching story ideas or revising submissions.

Friday, November 3, various meeting times.

Meet with Martin LaMonica, Deputy Editor from The Conversation U.S., to discuss presenting your research in a journalistic pitch for a general audience.

Proposal Development Series: Building a budget that augments your proposal

Wednesday, November 15, 3:30-5 p.m. Todd 203.

Expert grant administrators will walk through the ideal way to build a budget, common pitfalls, and examples of budgets and justifications. Hosted by ORSP.

How to invite and assess in-class participation. A Pedagogy Project Microtalk.

Thursday, Nov 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m. NAC 014. Lunch provided.

Strong student in-class participation is a goal of most instructors, but it’s a complicated topic. How do we engage all students in participation that’s substantive? How do we so in large classes? How do we assess, grade, and give feedback on student participation? Come hear about some tactics our presenters have tried and share your own ideas and questions.

Lowering student textbook costs: Open educational resources and textbook pricing options

Wednesday, November 29, 2-2:50 p.m. UC 329.

A number of online repositories now offer high-quality, free open educational resources (OERs). Wendy Walker, Mansfield Library, and Nancy Clouse, UMOnline, will demonstrate how to find OERs and adapt them to fit your instructional needs. Jon Aliri and Eamon Fahey, UM Bookstore, will discuss how to access reduced pricing options from textbook publishers.

CANCELLED: Faculty Networking Session: Interdisciplinary efforts to address bias and increase access

Thursday, November 30, 2-3:20 p.m. UC 333.

Join us for another engaging networking session with faculty members from all corners of campus. Meet others interested in research and teaching related to tackling bias and increasing access. Please submit in advance one paragraph on your current and/or aspirational research or teaching.

Videos and Resources from Past Sessions

Did you miss a professional development session in the past?  You may be in luck! An archive of videos and resources from many of the past FDO sessions on research, teaching, advising, technology resources, and more are available.