Professional Development Series Fall 2019

More sessions will be added in the coming weeks so please check back for additional opportunities. Space is limited. Please reserve your seat by RSVPing at

Pilot funding and professional development opportunities to support clinical and translational research

Tuesday September 10, 2-3 p.m. SB 336 and individual meetings by appointment.

The CTR-IN Program builds clinical and translational research capacity and facilitate extramural funding success among investigators with faculty appointments at 13 Mountain West universities, including UM. Dr. Parvesh Kumar, Principal Investigator for CTR-IN, will discuss CTR-IN research support resources available to faculty and upcoming pilot grant funding opportunities. Individual appointments to discuss proposals are also available; Contact Curtis Noonan to sign up.

An introduction to service learning at UM

Thursday, September 12, 2-3 p.m. DHC 022.

This workshop will give an overview of service learning, current best practices, and the process for designating courses with a service learning attribute (SERV). Presenters: Andrea Vernon, Interim Director, Experiential Learning and Career Success, Beverly Chin, Professor, English, Jennifer Closson, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences.

Strategies for engaging effectively with high school students

Friday, September 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m. DHC 023 & Thursday, September 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m. DHC 119.

Led by the Broader Impacts Group’s Amanda Duley, this workshop will prepare UM faculty members, staff, and graduate students to lead high-school classroom visits that inspire students about higher education and career pathways. Participants will begin developing a hands-on or interactive activity related to their research or creative scholarship and will learn strategies for effective high-school engagement. This workshop is a first step for participating in We Are Montana in the Classroom. 

Understanding and addressing implicit bias

Wednesday, September 18, 2-3:50 p.m. UC 332-333.

Drew Colling, SARC Director and Campus Assault Coordinator, will discuss ways to recognize and address personal and institutional biases that are harmful to others. Together, we will explore ways to create inclusive and supportive workplaces on our campus. 

Language and Cognition Research Colloquium

Fridays, September 20 and October 11, 12-1 p.m. ED 123.

How does our understanding of language help illuminate the nature of human thought? How does the way language and cognition interact influence how we experience the world around us? This interdisciplinary colloquium brings together researchers from diverse fields—linguistics, anthropology, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, communication, education—to explore these and related questions in a collaborative way. Each colloquium will feature a faculty member or graduate student presenting their current research, followed by questions and discussion.

Tenure and Promotion

Thursday, September 26, 12:30-1:30 p.m. UC 329.

Deans Jenny McNulty and Adrea Lawrence, and Claudine Cellier, Office of the Provost, will discuss the Individual Performance Record (IPR), evaluation procedures, and expectations for promotion and tenure. This will be particularly helpful to those just starting their faculty careers.

Indigenous Mentoring Program Workshops

Friday, September 27 and Friday, October 25, Lunch 12-1 p.m., Session 1-4:30 p.m. ED 123.

These two consecutive workshops are for those who currently mentor, or who are interested in mentoring, American Indian/Alaska Native students. Attendees will engage in facilitated sessions that share knowledge about cultural humility, indigenous research methodologies, best practices for disseminating research in Native communities, visiting Native students’ home communities, establishing and sustaining healthy mentor-mentee relationships, and campus and community services. Facilitated by: Marilyn Zimmerman, Senior Director of Policy and Programs, National Native Children's Trauma Center, and Jennifer Harrington, Native American Natural Resource Program Coordinator, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation.

Sabbatical applications

Wednesday, October 2, 4-5 p.m. PFNAC 201.

This session addresses effective approaches to preparing a sabbatical application and describes the review process. Come with questions!

Grant opportunity for faculty seeking free, adaptable instructional resources

Thursday, October 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m. MLIB 410 Theta Rho Room.

Come to this session to find out what Open Educational Resources (OER) are all about and explore how to find these free and flexible instructional materials. Christina Trunnell, OER Statewide Coordinator, will give an overview of the new OCHE-funded TRAILS OER grants that are available to support UM faculty in reviewing, adopting, adapting and creating OER. 

USAID Research Opportunities

Thursday, October 17, 2-3 p.m. SS 262.

Gabriela Alcaraz Velasco from NORC at the University of Chicago will discuss consultation and research funding opportunities available through the Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC), a global network of researchers that provides USAID with rapid, on-demand expertise, and the Long-term Assistance and Services for Research (LASER) program, which seeks technical and research assistance from faculty. 

Beyond the research paper: Creating writing assignments that you want to read

Tuesday, October 29, 2-3 p.m. Missoula College 235.

Shareen Grogan, Director, Writing and Public Speaking Center, and Megan Stark, Associate Professor, Mansfield Library, will provide a workshop focusing on writing-to-learn and low-stakes writing assignments that encourage exploration of and engagement with course material, all the while opening up new ways for professors to experience and enjoy student writing. 

Wrangling ideas: How to teach students to write organized essays 

Friday, November 1, 12-2 p.m. UC 225.

Join us for the annual Writing Symposium, a cross-disciplinary workshop on writing instruction and assessment. Specifically, how do we teach students to organize their writing? Contact Amy Ratto Parks with questions at   

Mental Health First Aid

Friday, November 8, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. UC 330. Includes lunch.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour course on identifying, understanding and responding to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives participants the skills needed to provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. Participants receive a training certificate from Mental Health First Aid USA. This is an evidence-based program developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health and will be facilitated by Ashley Trautman, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, and Laura Guay, Training and Technical Assistance Manager, National Native Children’s Trauma Center.   

Preventing plagiarism in a copycat culture

Friday, November 15, 12-12:50 p.m. PFNAC 103.

Megan Stark, Associate Professor, Mansfield Library, and Shareen Grogan, Director, Writing and Public Speaking Center, will offer strategies for designing assignments and activities that help prevent plagiarism across the disciplines. They will share resources and facilitated activities that can easily be adapted for any course with writing assignments.


Videos and Resources from Past Sessions

An archive of videos and resources from many of the past FDO sessions on research, teaching, advising, technology resources, and more are available.