Faculty Development Series Spring 2016

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

Video creation made simple

Various dates: February 5 (11:10 a.m.), March 2 (11:10 a.m., 1:10 p.m.) & March 10 (11:10 a.m., 2:10 p.m.) MLIB102. 

Join Glenn Kneebone, of the Mansfield Library, and Adrienne Alger, Faculty E-Learning & Instructional Technology Librarian, to learn how to captivate and communicate through video. See this start-to-finish demonstration of creating and editing a video using One Button Studio.

Teaching with your mouth closed: Facilitating student collaborative learning

Tuesday, February 16, 12:30-2:00 p.m. UC 326-327. 

Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning, or POGIL, is a student-centered, collaborative learning instructional strategy used in universities, colleges, and high schools across the U.S. Mare Sullivan, from Seattle Pacific University School of Education, will introduce this research-based teaching model, in which students work together to construct important disciplinary concepts.

Leadership: Teamwork for strategy and agility

Wednesday, February 17, 2:10-4:00 p.m. UC 330-331.

Dean Roberta Evans, College of Education and Human Sciences, will address elements of participative leadership useful for an array of settings. Communication patterns in organizations, agile strategy, and cultural adaptability will be discussed as factors of decision-making. Co-sponsored with Human Resource Services (HRS).

Helping students navigate complex texts. A Pedagogy Project Microtalk.

Friday, February 19, 12:10-1:00 p.m. NAC 011. Lunch provided.

How do we promote students’ engagement with assigned texts and move them beyond a superficial understanding? At this session, faculty members will discuss how to teach students to read difficult material more effectively and efficiently.

Understanding Prior Learning Assessment

Wednesday, February 24, 1:10-2:30 p.m. Missoula College AD13.

Gain an introduction to Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and learn how it is being used at UM and across the state. Discuss ways to improve the implementation of PLA and monitor student success in subsequent coursework.

New accessibility features in Moodle and Blackboard’s web conferencing system

Thursday, February 25, 12:40-1:30 p.m., TODD 210.

Learn how to use the built-in accessibility features in the two new Moodle themes, Clean and Snap, and how to use the new Moodle text editor, Atto, which provides accessible grid layout options for images and text, improved math accessibility, and other benefits. The session will also introduce Collaborate Ultra, the web conferencing system re-built in HTML5, that provides a better user experience for everyone, including assistive technology users. Bring your questions!

Engaging students through social media

Wednesday, March 9, 12:10-1:00 p.m., NAC 105. Lunch provided.

Creating an interactive and dynamic learning environment is challenging in both online and in-person classes. Can instructors harness social media to promote robust engagement and deep learning?  This session will highlight a number of innovative approaches to using social media that do just that. Presenters: Daisy Rooks, Associate Professor, Sociology; Gillian Glaes, Visiting Associate Professor, History, and Robert Squires, Director of Instructional Design and Support, UMOnline.

Stepping forward: Faculty leadership

Friday, March 11, 2:10-3:30 p.m., UC 330.

Join the members of the Spring 2015 Faculty Inquiry Project on Leadership for a discussion on how faculty members can offer leadership on important issues, whether or not they have formal positions of power.

The impact of microaggressions in a university environment

Wednesday, March 16, 2:10-4:00 p.m. UC 330-331.

This conversation with a panel of UM faculty and staff members will explore the experiences of racially and ethnically diverse students and employees. Understanding microaggressions can help faculty and staff develop better working relationships with both students and colleagues. Co-sponsored with HRS.

Translational medicine

Wednesday, March 23, 1:10-2:00 p.m. NAC 105.

Jay Evans, Research Professor, DBS, and CEO of Inimmune Corporation, will discuss resources and opportunities for collaboration available through UM’s new Center for Translational Medicine. He will be joined by the co-founders of Inimmune Corporation and new UM faculty, David Burkhart (Research Professor, BMED), Helene Bazin-Lee (Research Professor, BMED), Alyson Smith (Assistant Research Professor, DBS), and Kendal Ryter (Associate Research Professor, Chemistry). The team will also address ways to extend your work into the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Turning your work in the community into published scholarship

Thursday, March 24, 12:40-1:30 p.m. Todd 203. Lunch provided.

Ross Brooke Watts, Director, the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement, Whitworth University, will join us by videoconference to discuss scholarship on community engagement. Explore new venues for publication on your courses and projects that involve the larger community (local, national or global). Co-sponsored with the Office for Civic Engagement.

Partnerships with the U.S. Forest Service

Monday, March 28, 12:10-1:00 p.m. TODD 203. Lunch provided.

John Phipps, Director of the Rocky Mountain Research Station, U.S. Forest Service, will join us via videoconference to discuss working relationships and possible partnerships between the University of Montana and the Forest Service. 

Applying for private foundation grants and awards

Wednesday, March 30, 2:10-3:00 p.m. ED 241.

Katherine Swan, Proposal Development Manager, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and Jennifer Savage, Assistant Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations for UM Foundation, will discuss strategies for identifying sources of private foundation support for your research, refining your project ideas to be responsive to foundation priorities, and making the most of resources at the UM Foundation.

Understanding unconscious bias

Friday, April 15, 12:10-1:00 p.m. ED 241. Lunch provided.

Natalie Dawson, Director, Wilderness Institute, will share information from her training with University of Washington’s Leadership Excellence for Academic Diversity Initiative, in this interactive discussion. Learn more about unconscious bias and how it impacts the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff and the educational environment for students.  

Other Development Events and Resources at UM

Creating a diverse environment for all people, including individuals with disabilities

Monday, March 21, 10:00 -11:30 a.m., University Center Room 326-327.

A nationally known disability activist, Nina G, will present a workshop on creating a diverse environment for all people, including individuals with disabilities. She is a stuttering stand-up comedian, speaker, author, and producer. Through her use of humor in order to validate disabilities, Nina G will present her personal experiences, giving suggestions for positive interactions with people with disabilities and creating an inclusive campus environment. This workshop is open to all UM faculty, staff, and students. Sponsored by Access Partners.

ASCRC Writing Retreat

Friday, April 22, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. UC 326-7. Lunch provided.

Join us 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 (UPWA). All faculty, staff and graduate students are invited. There will be a delicious lunch and snacks provided. Contact Natalie Peeterse with questions at natalie.peeterse@umontana.edu.

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.