Faculty Development Series Spring 2015

Please RSVP for all sessions at umt.edu/fdoevents.

Integrate small group work and active learning into large lecture courses

Friday, February 6, 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. DHC 119.

Explore ways to engage students actively in your mid-sized and large lecture courses with Mark Cracolice, Professor, Chemistry, and author of numerous publications on active learning in introductory science courses. Co-hosted by the Pedagogy Project.

Writing a successful NSF CAREER proposal

Friday, February 13, 9:10-10:30 a.m. SS 262.

Gain new insights on submitting CAREER proposals from Creagh Breuner, Professor, Biological Sciences and NSF CAREER award recipient, and Michele McGuirl, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, NSF CAREER award recipient and recent NSF Program Director.


Publishing in peer-reviewed journals

Wednesday, February 18, 1:10-2:00 p.m. LA 103B.

Anya Jabour, Professor, History, and Peter Koehn, Professor, Political Science, will discuss strategies for placing articles, revising and resubmitting, interacting with editors, and


Make your Prezi presentations accessible

Friday, February 20, 12:10-1:00 p.m. LAW 215.

Stacey Gordon, Director, Law Library, and Adam Carroll, Information Technology, will share a method for modifying your Prezi materials to make them accessible.

Understanding the experiences and challenges of the international students in your classroom. A Pedagogy Project Microtalk.

Wednesday, February 25, 12:10-1:00 p.m. NAC 011. Lunch provided.

When and how should we adjust our expectations based on language skills and cultural differences? How can we take our international students' experiences into account and appropriately meet their needs? Panelists: Ronald Premuroso, Associate Professor, Department of Accounting and Finance, and Nathan Domitrovich, Academic Advisor/Diverse Communities Liaison. 

Faculty roundtable on using tablets for instruction

Friday, February 27, 1:10-2:00 p.m. ED 123.

Join this informal conversation to learn how other UM faculty members use iPads or other tablets in the classroom. Come share ways you have used them!

Improving online course supplements

Thursday, March 5, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Missoula College AD15.

Trying to decide which elements of your course can be most effectively delivered online? How to make the most of an online supplement? Join this session, led by Nancy Clouse of UMOnline, to discuss best practices and share ideas for diverse online resources to supplement your courses. Submit questions in advance if you are looking to improve a specific aspect of your course.

Digital scholarship

Friday, March 6, 12:10-1:00 p.m. NAC 011. Lunch provided.

Adrea Lawrence, Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, and John Hunt, Professor, English, will discuss their work in Digital Humanities. Their approaches, which include digital publications, development of electronic teaching resources, and analysis of complex texts, have impacted both their research and teaching.

Working effectively with students who have anxiety and other mental health conditions

Wednesday, March 11, 3:10-4:00 p.m. Todd 203 and Missoula College AD05.

Dr. Angie Reather, a Curry Health Center Psychologist specializing in anxiety disorders, will offer practical approaches to teaching and advising these students.


Strategies for balancing your professional and personal priorities

Friday, March 13, 12:10-1:00 p.m. NAC 011. Lunch provided.

Join an informal conversation about work-life balance. Resources for goal setting, productivity, and time management identified in the Spring 2014 Faculty Inquiry Project will be shared.

Interdisciplinary research in rural communities

Wednesday, March 18, 2:10-3:00 p.m. UC 330.

Discuss various issues affecting rural communities with colleagues who have similar interests, including researchers from the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities. This session might provide new avenues for collaboration or for achieving broader impacts for your funded research.

Funding opportunities from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Wednesday, April 15, 12:10-2:00 p.m. Todd 203.

Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to learn from national program leaders at NIFA about agency funding opportunities and strategies for shaping your proposals. NIFA supports work on a wide range of topics from invasive plant species and environmental systems to forestry and social and economic research. We will host two 50-minute sessions, with each focused on different research specialties.

Scroll up to find a link to videos and materials from past sessions at the top right hand side of this webpage.

Other Events

Montana Service Learning Colloquium

Thursday, April 9, all day.

MSU-Billings will host this annual statewide Service Learning Colloquium. The Colloquium is a high quality, day-long faculty development conference. Sessions are designed to offer education and insights about service learning pedagogy for both faculty members with experience in service learning and those who are new to it. Transportation to Billings is provided by the Davidson Honors College. For more information, contact Andrea Vernon, Office for Civic Engagement, andrea.vernon@mso.umt.edu or 243-5159.

ASCRC 2015 Writing Retreat

Friday, April 24, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. President's Room, Brantly Hall.  RSVP required.

The Writing Retreat provides the opportunity for cross-disciplinary discussion on writing instruction and assessment. Using the ASCRC Writing Committee’s Holistic Rubric, we will assess student papers from the Approved Writing courses span as part of the University-wide Program-level Writing Assessment. Anyone interested in improving writing instruction is welcome to attend this day-long event.

Other Development Resources at UM

The Innovation Studio Support for designing engaging online and multimedia content for your classes is available through the Innovation Studio. Work with a team of experts from UMOnline and Media Arts to develop materials for traditional and online courses. Call x6280 or e-mail innovation-studio@umontana.edu to make an appointment. 

Mansfield Library Workshops This series includes topics ranging from bibliographic management tools to the Institutional Review Board process. See the list of sessions or contact Kate Zoellner (x4421) for more information.


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.