Faculty Development Series Spring 2018

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Flipping the large classroom

Friday, February 16, 1-1:50 p.m. ED 241.

Want to know what flipping looks like in a larger course? Stacey Gordon Sterling, Professor of Law and Director of the Law Library, will share insights from flipping her 70+ student legal research class. This will be a flipped-class demonstration session (please RSVP for session materials).

Managing group projects

Friday, February 23, 10-10:50 a.m. ED 241.

Sara Rinfret, Associate Professor, Political Science, and Justin Angle, Associate Professor, Management and Marketing, will offer creative tools and strategies for orchestrating productive group work in undergraduate and graduate classes. Participants will share approaches to group projects and explore classroom scenarios.

Building resilience in uncertain situations

Monday, February 26, 2-3:30 p.m. UC 326-327.

Participants will assess the domains of their life where they experience uncertainty and explore their current sources of resilience. Through presentation, discussion, and applied practice, participants will learn how to improve their ability to manage their physical and cognitive well-being in the face of changing life circumstances. Presenter: Christina Yoshimura, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Mental Health Counselor.

Working with students who struggle academically

Wednesday, February 28, 2-3 p.m. Missoula College Room 338.

Darlene Samson, Director, TRIO Student Support Services, and Nathan Domitrovich, Director, Undergraduate Advising Center, will discuss ways to support students who face challenges in class caused by lack of preparation or poor study habits.

Fostering student participation in online course discussions

Thursday, March 1, 12:30-1:30 p.m. NAC 011.

One of the most challenging aspects of teaching online is prompting and maintaining vibrant class discussions. Gillian Glaes, Visiting Professor, History, and Dan Lee, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, will lead a faculty conversation about approaches to making a virtual classroom engaging. Come share your ideas and learn from others!

2018 Writing assessment workshop

Friday, March 2, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Location TBA. Lunch provided.

Join the ASCRC Writing Committee for cross-disciplinary discussion on writing instruction and assessment. We will assess and discuss student papers from the Intermediate Writing Courses as part of the University-wide Program-level Writing Assessment.

Introduction to Tableau

Wednesday, March 7, 1-1:50 p.m. SS 262.

Tableau is a data visualization tool that allows users to create compelling graphs, charts, and illustrations using almost any dataset. In this session, learn how to navigate the Tableau interface, connect to a dataset, and produce sample graphs and charts.

Securing external funding for community-based broader impacts

Explore how co-creating with communities can strengthen your broader impacts and make your proposals more competitive with federal funding agencies.
NEW DATE: Tuesday, March 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m. UC 329. Session 1: Learn about the Broader Impacts Group's (BIG’s) award-winning community co-creation process as a model for developing highly fundable broader impacts efforts. BIG and spectrUM Director Holly Truitt will share opportunities to partner with BIG's existing broader impacts and describe how to develop your own partnerships with the communities and audiences you wish to serve.
Tuesday, March 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m. UC 329. Session 2: What makes for a successful broader impacts proposal? Learn about national best practices in impacts work, practice developing a strong, concise broader impacts statement and a realistic budget, and explore federal funding opportunities.

Teaching strategies to improve student writing in any discipline

Wednesday, March 14, 3-3:50, Missoula College 338.

Kelly Webster, Gretchen McCaffrey, and Jake Hansen of the Writing and Public Speaking Center will introduce simple classroom reading exercises that promote better writing. Walk away ready to implement these teaching strategies in any discipline.

Focus groups: A beginner’s guide

Thursday, March 15, 2-3:20 p.m. Todd 203.

Focus groups are an efficient mechanism for obtaining insights into the opinions, attitudes, and behaviors of students and colleagues. Join us to learn how to run a focus group of your own.

What does diversity of thought mean to students today?

Friday, March 16, 2-3:50 p.m. DHC Ephron Lounge.

In the 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement, 37% of first-year students and seniors reported that their course work emphasized very little or only some respect for the expression of diverse ideas (out of over 23,000 respondents nationally). Is there a gap between what students and faculty expect out of classroom discussions? Is current public discourse making classroom conversations harder? Please join us for a conversation between students and faculty that will explore challenges to, and opportunities for, improved intellectual exchange on campus. This event will be co-hosted by the Davidson Honors College and the Faculty Senate.

Using Tableau to make your case

Wednesday, March 21, 1-1:50 p.m. SS 262.

This session will offer tips and strategies for using Tableau to tell a compelling story. Explore how the system’s analytic tools can create compelling charts and reports and discuss a sample case of using Tableau to illustrate departmental data and achievements.

Employees and sexual harassment: Helping students and colleagues as a bystander

Thursday, March 22, 12:30-1:50 p.m. NAC 011.

Instances of sexual harassment and discrimination at work often leave us wishing we had done more to help colleagues or students in the moment. Drew Colling, Director, SARC, Jessica Weltman, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, and Andrew King-Ries, Professor, Law School, will help prepare you for that challenge and offer expertise on this important societal issue.

Mastering the management of external funding

Management of external funding – grants, cooperative agreements, contracts – can be complex. These interactive sessions will cover common challenges for faculty, share best practices related to University process and policy, and offer insights about understanding and meeting funding agency expectations. Presenters from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP).

Tuesday, April 3, 3:30-5 pm. Todd 203. Session 1This overview session will cover procedural information, how to find and understand award requirements, strategies for communicating with sponsors, and Q&A.

Tuesday, April 24, 3:30-5 pm. Todd 204. Session 2: This session will focus on post award activities, such as proactive budget revisions, limitations on time extensions, graduate student funding, use of F&A recovery (SPABA), and other topics of importance.

Paths to research impact & alternative funding sources

Wednesday, April 11, 3–4:20 p.m. Gilkey Boardroom.

Paul Gladen, Morgan Slemberger, and Jenny Lind of the Blackstone LaunchPad and the Office of Technology Transfer will help faculty investigate the many paths available for extending their work beyond the academy. Through discussion and a hands-on planning exercise, explore methods for sharing your research and expertise via consulting, licensing, or commercial opportunities and balancing the demands of supplementary funding.

Designing faculty-directed study abroad

Wednesday, April 25, 1-1:50 p.m. Todd 205.

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

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.