Faculty Development Series Fall 2015

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

Improving your syllabi

Thursday, August 27, 1:00-2:15 p.m. NAC 103

Part contract, part assignment list, part teaching statement, an effective syllabus invites and prepares students for an educational journey. In this workshop, we will compare and contrast syllabi from a variety of courses, learn best practices, and examine how to match course syllabi with course design and the overall arc of a class. Participants should bring a paper copy of a syllabus with them as well as means of accessing the web (i.e. a laptop or tablet). Resources for the session.

Making assignment descriptions more effective

Thursday, August 27, 2:30-4:00 p.m. NAC 103

Students often struggle to understand what we’re asking them to do in a given assignment. From an explanation of the overall task to the submission and formatting requirements, our assignment descriptions need to communicate our expectations and support students’ efforts. Together we’ll analyze writing assignments from across campus, identify effective trends and common pitfalls, and revise participants’ assignment descriptions.

Funded support for NIH proposal development

Tuesday, September 8, 1:00-2:30 p.m. TODD 203.

Robert Langer and James Kenyon, Mountain West Clinical and Translational Research – Infrastructure Network, will describe grants, editorial support and training available to UM faculty writing health-related proposals. Hosted by ORSP; contact Katherine Swan (x5752) for details.

Beyond 'It's in the syllabus': Communicating clear course policies and expectations. A Pedagogy Project Microtalk. 

Friday, September 11, 12:10-1:00 p.m. NAC 011. Lunch Provided.

Clear course policies are crucial to a successful course and instructors are often frustrated when students do not follow or understand them. In this session, we’ll share strategies for helping students comply with course standards and understand our expectations. 

The UFA and you

Friday, September 11, 2:10-3:00 p.m. NAC 103.

Participate in an exchange with University Faculty Association officers to learn about bargaining and other activities conducted by the UFA and MEA-MFT in support of faculty at UM.

Principles of survey development

Wednesday, September 16, 12:10-1:30 p.m. ED 123. Lunch provided.  

Jacquie Brown, Assistant Professor, Psychology, will address how to ascertain the reliability and validity of newly designed survey instruments. This introductory session will address the standards for scientific merit required in most academic disciplines. Lunch will be provided.

Tenure and promotion

Monday, September 21, 1:10-2:00 p.m. UC 330.

Join Provost Perry Brown, Dean Chris Comer, and Dean Stephen Kalm to discuss IPR submissions, evaluation procedures, and expectations for promotion and tenure.  

Sabbatical applications

Thursday, September 24,11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. UC 329 (Alumni Boardroom).

Provost Brown will discuss the sabbatical application process.

ASCRC Autumn Writing Symposium: Teaching with Writing in Any Discipline

Friday, September 25, 9:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Mansfield Library Theta Rho Room.

Faculty who teach writing intensive courses across the disciplines are especially encouraged to attend one or all of these sessions:

9:10-10:00 a.m. UPWA: The state of student writing at UM

Join us for a discussion of findings from the 2014-15 University-Wide Program-Level Writing Assessment (UPWA), a programmatic assessment aimed at identifying trends in students’ writing strengths and weaknesses.

10:10-11:00 a.m. A student perspective on feedback

Wonder whether students use (or ignore) your feedback? Want to make your comments count? A panel of undergraduate and graduate students from across the disciplines will discuss the kinds of feedback they find most helpful.

11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Across the disciplines: Cultivating student ambition and critical thinking

Looking for ways to engage students in challenging writing that encourages critical thinking? Hear how faculty from various disciplines design writing activities that promote synthesis of ideas, application of knowledge to new situations, and pursuit of sophisticated questions. 

High stakes vs. low stakes: Debating approaches to testing/assessment. A Pedagogy Project Microtalk

Friday, October 2, 12:10-1:00 p.m. NAC 011. Lunch provided.

Faculty members will lead a discussion on the pros and cons of limited, high-stakes testing and frequent, lower-stakes assessment from the perspective of both students and instructors.

Organizing, annotating, and citing your digital references

Thursday, October 8, 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MLIB 283.

Are pdfs stacking up on your hard drive? Megan Stark, Associate Professor, Mansfield Library will introduce ProQuest Flow, a citation management tool provided by Mansfield Library, which can help you efficiently organize and annotate articles and quickly produce bibliographies and notes. Feel free to bring pdfs to the session to use in setting up your account.

Working with students who are struggling academically

Wednesday, October 14, 12:10-1:00 p.m. Missoula College AD04. Lunch provided. 

Advisors from across campus will discuss ways to address academic problems resulting from challenges such as disability, mental health or social issues, lack of preparation or poor study habits. Presenters: Brian French, Executive Director, Office for Student Success, Tammy Freimund, Missoula College Director of Advising, Darlene Samson, Director, TRIO Student Support Services, and Melanie Hoell, Director of Humanities and Sciences Advising.

Ignore, Obsess, or Revamp: Unlocking the Potential of Student Course Evaluations. A Pedagogy Project Microtalk

Thursday, October, 29, 12:40-1:30 p.m. NAC 014. 

How should we respond to the feedback we receive from student course evaluations? Changing our syllabus to cater to every complaint does’t work, but neither does ignoring the feedback. And what kinds of feedback are most useful in gauging the success of our teaching? We’ll discuss several strategies for making the most of student course evaluations.

Creating a campus culture to mentor Native students effectively

Friday, October 30, 12:10-1:00 p.m. NAC 103. Lunch provided.

Nick Sanyal, Professor at the University of Idaho and member of the social science research team of the Pacific Northwest Alliance currently investigating mentoring of Native students in STEM disciplines; and Kevin Kicking Woman, CHS Tribal Outreach Coordinator, will discuss research-based and empirical approaches to guidance, support, and advocacy for Native students.

Bridging Statistics and Research: Top 10 Things Researchers Should Know When Interpreting Findings

Friday, November 13, 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. NAC 011. Lunch provided.

Many advanced statistical procedures used by social scientists, such as multiple regression, factor analysis and structural equation modeling are more easily understood if one first has a grounding in the essential statistical and philosophical concepts on which they are founded. In this session, Daniel J. Denis, Associate Professor of Quantitative Psychology, reviews the top 10 things researchers need to be aware of when either performing or interpreting data analyses. The goal is to fill in comprehension “gaps” and address key global concepts that will help you more confidently interpret research reports, regardless of your chosen field. 

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.