Faculty Development Series Fall 2016

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

Tenure and promotion

Wednesday, September 7, 1:00-1:50 p.m. UC 330.

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

Video creation made simple

Various dates: September 13 (2 p.m.), September 14 (3 p.m.), September 27 (1 p.m.), November 9 (2 p.m.). MLIB102. 

Join Glenn Kneebone of the Mansfield Library for a start-to-finish demonstration of recording a video using One Button Studio along with some basic editing tips. You won’t believe how easy it is!

Disseminating your research to the public: Presenting The Conversation U.S.

Wednesday, September 21, 12-12:50 p.m. UC 330. Lunch provided.

Maggie Villager, Senior Editor for The Conversation U.S. (see www.theconversation.com/us), will describe a new opportunity to share your research through their newsfeed site. Content from The Conversation is frequently republished by major news outlets – such as CNN, Scientific American, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic – which can quickly extend the reach of your research.  

Consultations on pitching story ideas

Wednesday, September 21, various times. UC 216.

Sign up at umt.edu/fdoevents to meet with Maggie Villager, Senior Editor at The Conversation U.S., to discuss presenting your research in a journalistic pitch for a general audience. 

Image is everything: Improve your course and presentation design

Thursday, September 22, 11-11:50 a.m. NAC 201.

Rick Hughes, Professor, Media Arts, will discuss how to use images to enhance your content rather than distract from it.  Learn about identifying powerful images and design strategies to augment online courses, Moodle supplements, and presentations.   

Course corrections for classes that aren’t working. A Pedagogy Project Microtalk.

Wednesday, September 28, 12:00-12:50. Lunch provided. NAC 201. 

Sometimes even the best laid plans for a course do not materialize as we expected. This microtalk will feature strategies for adapting to the needs of both students and professors once a course is underway. 

Running effective meetings

Wednesday, September 28, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Todd 204.

Looking for some fresh ideas for running meetings? Hoping to get more accomplished at each session? Join Gordy Pace, Communications Director, IT, to learn more about making meets more inclusive and dynamic.  Co-sponsored with HRS.

Sabbatical applications

Thursday, September 29, 2:00-3:00 p.m. New Room: NAC 202.

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

New models for faculty-directed study abroad

Tuesday, October 4, 2-3 p.m. DHC 120.

Learn about new support systems and program designs for UM study abroad programs. Presented by Marja Unkuri-Chaudhry, Director, Education Abroad.

Creating inclusive classroom discussions

Friday, October 7, 12:00-12:50 p.m. Lunch provided. NAC 201.

This interactive session will focus on how instructors can create classroom environments that feel relevant, welcoming, and safe to all students. Laurie Walker (Assistant Professor, Social Work) and Turquoise Devereaux (Program Coordinator, American Indian Student Services) will co-lead the discussion and share resources.

The next generation of Moodle accessibility resources

Thursday, October 13, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Missoula College HB18.

Want to learn more about Clean and Snap, two new Moodle themes? Their built-in accessibility features can save you time. Join Marlene Zentz and Aaron Page from UMOnline to discuss new accessibility features in Moodle and introduce Collaborate Ultra, an improved web conferencing system available to all faculty.

Lowering student book costs using online resources

Wednesday, October 19, 3-3:50 p.m. DHC 118. 

Looking for ways to decrease your students’ textbook costs while delivering innovative and interesting content? A number of online repositories now offer high-quality open educational resources, many of which can be modified to fit your instructional needs. Wendy Walker, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Mansfield Library, and Nancy Clouse, UMOnline, will share how these might be used in course development.

Using focus groups to improve your work

Wednesday, October 26, 2:00-2:50 p.m. Todd 204.

Focus groups can be useful for gathering rich qualitative data about student learning or program impact.  Nathan Lindsay, Associate Provost for Dynamic Learning, will discuss how to conduct successful focus groups and will explore examples of this practice in higher education. Co-sponsored with Human Resource Services.

Making the most of dynamic classrooms

Friday, October 28, 12:00-12:50 p.m. LA 304-305.

Join faculty colleagues who have been teaching in the new smart classrooms in the Liberal Arts Building to learn how they have incorporated new interactive smart boards, video walls, tablet display devices, and video conferencing in their teaching. 

What is service learning?

Monday, October 31, 12:00-12:50 p.m. UC 329. Lunch provided.

Academic service learning enhances student learning and builds community engagement experiences. Learn about the basic elements of academic service learning, including: what it is; important principles and practices; examples at UM; and available resources. Presented by Andrea Vernon and Colleen Kane of UM Academic Enrichment – Civic Engagement.

Getting ready for next semester: Activities for the first day of class. A Pedagogy Project Microtalk.

Friday, December 2, 12:00-12:50 p.m. NAC 201.  Lunch provided.

Don't just go over the syllabus and let students out early! We'll discuss ways to make the most of the first class session. Use your late-in-the-semester insight to get a jump on planning for next term. 

Other Development Resources at UM

Instructional Design and Development Support

UMOnline supports the design and development of online courses and class supplements. Their Innovation Studio offers help in creating digital course elements and sophisticated videos. 



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.