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Faculty Development Series Spring 2014

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Creating powerful images for conference and classroom presentations

Friday, February 14, 1:10-2:30 p.m. Todd 210.

Rick Hughes, Professor, Media Arts, will discuss how to make visuals that enhance your message, not distract from it. The last section of the session will be a hands-on workshop, so feel free to bring a presentation to revise. 

The performance of teaching

Wednesday, February 19, 12:10-1:00 p.m. (includes lunch) UC 329.

Rafael Chacón, Professor of Art, and Doug Dalenberg, Professor of Economics, will lead a faculty conversation on the art of instruction.

Montana's own NASA funding: Could it support your research?

Friday, February 21, 11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. SS 262.

Jennifer Fowler, Education Specialist, Montana Space Grant Consortium, will discuss NASA funding opportunities for Montana researchers. These state-focused grants typically have higher funding rates than other federal grants. Faculty members and graduate students from anthropology, biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, education, EVST, forestry, geography, geosciences, math, physics & astronomy, and sociology are encouraged to attend.

Maximizing the impact of field work

Wednesday, February 26, 3:10-4:00 p.m. NAC 201.

Kelly Dixon, Associate Professor, Anthropology, and Beth Dodson, Associate Professor, Forestry, will lead a faculty conversation about effectively using opportunities outside the classroom to engage students.

Teaching across the generations

Thursday, February 27, 12:10-1:00 p.m. (includes lunch). Missoula College East Campus HB01.

Linda Eagleheart, Associate Professor, and Alison Pepper, Assistant Professor, Applied Arts and Sciences, will discuss instructional techniques for reaching students of varied ages, preparation levels, and experience (including expertise in technology).

New techniques for connecting and collaborating with colleagues from across the globe

Friday, March 7, 2:10-3:00 p.m. NAC 201.

Mario Schulzke, UM Assistant Vice President for Marketing, will discuss ways to use social and professional networks, blog posts, and listservs to build and strengthen relationships with external colleagues. 

Expert guidance on applying for funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Dr. Russell Wyland, Deputy Director, Division of Research Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will be visiting UM and offering three opportunities to UM faculty and graduate students:

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 8 and 9. One-on-one consultations

Wednesday, April 9, 8:30-10:00 a.m. Funding opportunities from the NEH

Wednesday, April 9, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Writing competitive NEH proposals: A mock review panel presentation.

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Federal research funding for graduate students and postdocs

Thursday, April 24, 2:10-3:00 p.m. SS 262.

Michele McGuirl, Program Director, Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), will discuss funding opportunities at the NSF and the National Institutes of Health.

Creating and sustaining civility: Practical strategies for nursing education and practice

Monday, May 19, 2014, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Missoula College.

Dr. Cynthia Clark, professor of nursing at Boise State University and specialist in academic and workplace civility, will lead a day-long conference. Learn how to prevent, measure and address uncivil behavior and create positive work and educational environments. Sponsored by St. Patrick Hospital and Missoula College, with support from the Faculty Development Office. Faculty and graduate students from all disciplines are welcome to attend. Registration required. Conference fee of $50 for registration before May 1. Continuing education credits available.

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

Other Events

Faculty luncheon on inspired learning

Wednesday, February 12, 12:10-1:30 p.m. (includes lunch). UC Ballroom.

As part of Celebrate Academics, faculty and graduate students are invited to a luncheon conversation on inspiration in the classroom. Student presenters will describe highly motivating learning experiences and small groups will discuss how to foster innovative and effective instructional practices. Please RSVP to the Office of the Provost by February 7 (243-4689).

Service learning colloquium

Thursday, March 6.

Attend a series of workshops on institutional engagement, service learning, and community outreach. A free luncheon will feature keynote speaker Dr. Thomas Schnaubelt, Executive Director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. To register, contact Andrea Vernon, Office of Civic Engagement, 243-5159.

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 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.

Video and Innovative Projects Area   Video editing and screencasting stations as well as full-time IT technical support are available for faculty in SS120.  See 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.