Faculty Development Series Spring 2017

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

How cultural competency informs cultural humility  

Wednesday, February 8, 2-3:20 p.m. UC 326. 

Sweeney Windchief, Assistant Professor, Adult and Higher Education, MSU, and Co-Principal Investigator of the Pacific Northwest Alliance to develop, implement, and study a STEM Graduate Education Model for American Indians and Native Alaskans, will engage participants in storywork (Archibald, 2008), hearing stories and then sharing stories of cultural humility. Participants will finish the session being able to distinguish between cultural competency and cultural humility, important concepts for teaching university students.

Preventing plagiarism in a copycat culture

Friday, February 10, 11-12:30 p.m. UC 329. Lunch provided.

Megan Stark, Undergraduate Services and Outreach Librarian, Mansfield Library, and Kelly Webster, Director, The Writing Center, will share strategies for designing assignments and activities that help prevent plagiarism across the disciplines. They will share resources and facilitate activities that can easily be adapted for any course.

Students of concern: Strategies that address distressing, disruptive or dangerous behaviors

Wednesday, February 15, 12-1:30 p.m. NAC 011. Lunch provided.

At times, students may exhibit troubling behaviors that range from poor class attendance to severe anxiety or threats of harm to self/others. Unsure how to address these issues? This workshop with Mike Frost, Counseling Director, Curry Health Center, and Chris Fiore, Professor, Psychology, will provide practical ideas for managing and mitigating worrisome behaviors.

Tackling the book proposal

Friday, February 17, 2-2:50 p.m. UC 333.

Kirsten Murray, Department Chair and Associate Professor, Counselor Education, Jakki Mohr, Regents Professor, Management and Marketing, and Kyle Volk, Associate Professor, History, will share their insights and advice on crafting a book proposal. Hear suggestions for everything from identifying your niche to developing a compelling narrative. Bring your questions!

How web conferencing can support your work

Thursday, February 23, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Todd 210.

Learn how to use the easy and intuitive web conferencing system, Collaborate Ultra, to expand your workplace or classroom communication capabilities. Explore examples of Collaborate’s current use on campus for real-time guest presenters, statewide and regional meetings, online office hours, student-to-student collaboration, and more. Laptops will be provided so participants will have hands-on experience with the system during the session. 

Out of the silos: Connecting with faculty from other disciplines

Friday, February 24, 12:30-2 p.m. ED 241. Lunch provided.

Our faculty often report that one of the most inspiring things about working at UM is their faculty colleagues. Learn more about your peers in other departments and meet potential collaborators for research and teaching along the way. Please submit in advance one paragraph on your current and aspirational research and/or teaching (see www.umt.edu/fdoevents).

Having difficult conversations with students: A Pedagogy Project Microtalk.

Wednesday, March 1, 12-12:50 p.m. Todd 203. Lunch provided.

Discuss with colleagues how to approach conversations with students when they touch on topics such as religion, politics, or identity. What proactive measures can you take to ensure productive discussions? How can you make use of rather than be afraid of crisis when it - inevitably - erupts in the classroom? 

Providing support and resources for transgender and gender nonconforming students

Thursday, March 2, 2-3:20 p.m. Mansfield Library Theta Rho Room.

Although most faculty are committed to providing appropriate services for diverse students, few are knowledgeable about specific challenges that transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) students can face. In this workshop, faculty will learn about the experiences of TGNC students, discover the institutional and interpersonal obstacles that can hinder TGNC students’ success, and learn about how to help students overcome these obstacles. Presenters: A student panel facilitated by Bryan Cochran, Professor, Psychology. 

Reaching the public with your work

Friday, March 3, 1-1:50 p.m. Todd 204.

Learn more about the opportunity to publish research-based pieces in The Conversation U.S. (www.theconversation.com/us), a foundation-supported news source whose mission is to help professors get high quality research into the public sphere. Content from the site is frequently republished by major news outlets. Ari Fertig, Editorial Liaison for The Conversation U.S., will join us via videoconference to discuss the benefits of using this venue to disseminate your work and how best to pitch material. Sara Hayden, Professor, Communication Studies, will share her experience in writing for The Conversation U.S. 

QPR Training: Helping someone who may be suicidal

Wednesday, March 8, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Todd 203.

Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and connect people to resources. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save someone from suicide. Offered through the Missoula City/County Health Department. 

Creating inclusive classroom discussions

Wednesday, March 15, 1-2:30 p.m. Missoula College GH9A. Videocast to Bitterroot College.

This interactive session will focus on how instructors can create classroom environments that feel welcoming, safe, and engaging for 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.

Finding funding for health-related research

Friday, March 31, 12-1:20 p.m. NAC 011. Lunch provided.

Joseph Gaugler, Ph.D., Professor of Nursing, University of Minnesota, has received over $20 million in health care grants. He will discuss ways to develop effective interdisciplinary proposals and approaches to different funding agencies. He has had success in applying to organizations that include the National Institute on Aging, Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, National Institute on Minority Health and Disparities, National Library of Medicine, Eli Lilly Foundation, National Cancer Institute, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Grant opportunities from the Department of Defense

Wednesday, April 5, 2-2:50 p.m. NAC 103.

Interested in learning more about the funding priorities of the Department of Defense (DoD) and strategies for pitching proposals? DoD research programs address environmental impacts of climate change, physical injuries (e.g., traumatic brain injury, PTSD, hearing loss), human performance, machine learning, artificial intelligence, sensors, and many other areas. Join Drew Reinert, Department of Defense Research Liaison, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, to learn more about these initiatives and possible connections to your research. 

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.