Professional Development Series Fall 2018

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Video creation made simple: New Lightboard Studio

September 11, 13, 25 and 27, 2:30-3:30 p.m. and

September 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. MLIB 111.

Glenn Kneebone, Manager, Paw Print, Mansfield Library, will offer studio demonstrations for creating video using the Lightboard Studio, which can be used to include drawn diagrams, notes on images, and equations in instructional videos.

Sabbatical applications

Thursday, September 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m. UC 329.

Sabbatical Assignment Committee members will discuss effective approaches to preparing a sabbatical application as well as the review process.

Tenure and promotion

Friday, September 21, 10-10:50 a.m. Todd 204.

Dean Jenny McNulty and Dean Stephen Kalm will discuss effective Individual Performance Record (IPR) submissions, evaluation procedures, and expectation for promotion and tenure. Co-sponsored with the Office of the Provost.

Renewing the Humanities in the 21st Century: The toolkit and the trash

Monday, September 24, 2-2:50 p.m. UC 332-333.

Elisa New, the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University, will discuss how her experience making content for broad audiences (via her PBS television series, Poetry in America, and her suite of for-credit Harvard Extension and free HarvardX courses for online learners) has changed her sense of what academic humanists can accomplish.  

Reaching UM Students: Teaching across the student preparation spread. A Pedagogy Project Microtalk. 

Wednesday, September 26, 12-12:50 p.m. PFNAC 103.

Students come to UM with varying degrees of academic preparation. In this first Pedagogy Project microtalk of the academic year, participants will discuss appropriate strategies for effective teaching in the midst of that preparatory diversity. Presenters: Martin Nie, Professor, Natural Resources Policy and Director of the Bolle Center for People and Forests, and Kelly McKinnie, Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences. Facilitator: Tobin Miller Shearer, Associate Professor, History.

Evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning

Friday, September 28, 3-4:30 p.m. PFNAC 103.

What approaches to instruction have been proven to be effective? How do you build on and improve existing teaching and learning strategies?  Lauren Fern, Instructor, Mathematics, and 2018 Scientific Teaching fellow, and Robert Squires, Director, UMOnline, will introduce ways to optimize teaching and learning for all students based on scientific insights into how humans learn.

REDCap data capture system

Wednesday, October 3, 2-3:25 p.m. Skaggs 117 & meetings by appointment.

Bas de Veer, an informatics specialist from University of Washington, will offer an introduction to the varied uses of REDCap, a free, secure data capture system that offers strong research and survey capabilities and has consulting support. Sponsored by OVPR and the Neural Injury Center.

Live Online Interactions: Facilitating learning with webconferencing and online proctoring

Thursday, October 4, 2-3 p.m. Curry 008.

Ginger Collins, Associate Professor, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, and Robert Squires, Director, UMOnline, will demonstrate ways to include distance students in simultaneous discussions and pedagogical practices to keep everyone engaged. Participants will learn strategies to facilitate learning with in-person and distance audiences, as well as about the use of ProctorU for online test-taking.

Reaching UM students: Facilitating student learning in big classes. A Pedagogy Project Microtalk.

Thursday, October 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m. PFNAC 103. Lunch provided.

The earliest opportunity to engage and retain UM students often comes in a big class held in a lecture hall or an online environment. This panel will discuss approaches to the challenges this course format presents, including classroom participation, assessment, and student support. Presenters: Laurie Minns, Lecturer, Division of Biological Sciences, and Charlie Palmer, Associate Professor, Health and Human Performance. Facilitator: Anthony Johnstone, Professor, Law.

Helping undergraduate and graduate students through times of stress and anxiety

Thursday, October 11, 2:30-3:20 p.m. Missoula College 232.

Wednesday, October 31, 3-3:50 p.m. PFNAC 103.

Our students are struggling more than ever with managing stress and anxiety. Knowing how best to help distressed students is a challenge. In this workshop with Kayli Julius and Julee Stearns from Curry Health Center Wellness, you will learn hands-on, practical tools for offering students effective support.

Providing support and resources for transgender individuals and students of diverse gender identities and expressions

Tuesday, October 16, 3:30-5 p.m. MLIB Theta Rho Room.

Want to better understand specific challenges that transgender individuals and students of diverse gender identities and expressions may encounter in the academic environment? In this workshop, we will learn about the experiences of these students, discover the institutional and interpersonal obstacles that can hinder these students’ success, and learn about how to help students overcome these obstacles. Presenters: A panel facilitated by Bryan Cochran, Professor, Psychology: Kinsie Dunham, B.S., Hillary Gleason, M.A., Cal Reynolds, B.A., and Oak Reed, M.A.

Accessing restricted Federal Statistical Research Data

Firm/business data: Wednesday, October 17, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. UC 225.

Socio-demographic & health data session: Wednesday, October 17, 3-4 p.m. UC 329.

The Federal Statistical Research Data Centers are partnerships between federal statistical agencies and leading research institutions. They are secure facilities managed by the Census Bureau to provide secure access to a range of restricted-use microdata from the Census Bureau, the National Centers for Health Statistics, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and other agencies. Ben Cerf is a Census Bureau research economist and the administrator of the Northwest Research Data Center, which is located at the University of Washington in Seattle. Ben will share insights and strategies for writing proposals for accessing restricted federal data in two workshops:

11 a.m.-12 p.m.: The first will focus on restricted-access firm-level data and Bureau of Labor Statistics data, especially useful for researchers in Business, Economics, and allied disciplines. 

3-4 p.m.: The second workshop will focus on access to restricted socio-demographic and health data, which are valuable to researchers in Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology/Criminology, and other disciplines

One-on-one meetings with Dr. Cerf are also available. If interested in individual meeting, please contact Amy Kinch (
amy kinch@mso.umt.edu).

Effectively managing a research laboratory

Wednesday, October 17, 12-12:50 p.m. Skaggs 473. Lunch provided.

How can faculty recruit and sustain an effective team, develop a leadership style, advise and evaluate performance, navigate potential conflicts, and manage time and projects to ensure productive teamwork? Orion Berryman, Associate Professor, Chemistry, and Creagh Breuner, Professor and Associate Dean, Biological Sciences, will lead a faculty discussion on building successful research groups.

Making the most of Moodle: Innovative online course design

Wednesday, October 24, 2-2:50 p.m. Todd 211.

Join Mike Morelli, Director, UM Entertainment Management, and Marlene Zentz, Senior Instructional

Designer and Accessibility Specialist, UMOnline, to view and discuss several unique online courses they’ve designed that receive highly positive student reviews. Learn how you can collaborate with UMOnline’s Innovation Studio to create or revise your own courses and provide an engaging learning experience for your students.

A basic introduction to survey design

Friday, November 2, 10-11:30 a.m. SS 262.

Join Sara Rinfret, Associate Professor & MPA Director, for an introduction to survey development using Qualtrics. Learn how to phrase questions to obtain clear results. Participants will need to gain access to Qualtrics prior to the session: www.umt.edu/it/features/qualtrics.php Limit 12 attendees.

Designing innovative summer courses and experiences

Wednesday, November 7, 3-3:50 p.m. Todd 205.


As faculty plan for Summer 2019 course offerings, you have more options than ever to consider in the schedule, format, venues, and student populations. Nathan Lindsay, Vice Provost, will offer an overview of the approaches faculty can take to enhance the access, enrollments, technology use, and learning of their students over the summer.  Marketing and student support for summer courses will also be discussed.

Grant opportunities from the Department of Defense

Thursday, November 8, 3:30-4:20 p.m. UC 329.

Drew Reinert, Department of Defense Research Liaison, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, will discuss the funding priorities of the Department of Defense (DoD) and strategies for pitching proposals. DoD research programs address environmental impacts of climate change, physical injuries (e.g., traumatic brain injury, PTSD, hearing loss), human performance, machine learning, artificial intelligence, sensors, and many other areas.

Reaching UM students: Rigor, student retention, and grading standards. A Pedagogy Project Microtalk.

Friday, November 9, 12-12:50 p.m. PFNAC 103. Lunch provided.

Two faculty panelists will lead discussion of strategies for maintaining academic rigor and consistent grading standards in the midst of increasing attention to student retention and success. Presenters: Meradeth Snow, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, and Bryan Cochran, Professor, Psychology. Facilitator: Leora Bar-el, Associate Professor, Anthropology.

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.