USM Faculty Commons

Faculty Development

Faculty Development Workshops & Events are aimed at assisting faculty to learn, develop or advance their knowledge in skills in teaching, scholarship, service, leadership, use of technology in teaching, and other areas of faculty responsibility. Examples of programs include Lunch and Learns, workshops and training, topically focused panel presentations, orientation, or the sharing of faculty expertise.

 Upcoming Faculty Development Events:

Student Mental Health and College Success 

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Faculty Commons, 312 Glickman Library, Portland Campus

Student Mental Health and College Success

Lunch and Learn Faculty Development Workshop open to USM Faculty and staff. Presented by Joanne Benica, Director of the Disability Center and Robert Small, PsyD., licensed psychologist and Clinical Director of Counseling Services.  Light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Mental health issues are widespread on college campuses and can ultimately lead to decreased academic success for our students.  The Counseling Center at USM has seen a steady increase in students seeking services over the past several years.   In the last academic year, the Disability Services Center saw a 63% increase in the number of students seeking services for a documented psychiatric disability.  Both offices receive numerous calls from faculty seeking consultation on best practices to support students in the classroom.  Participants can expect to gain a broader understanding and awareness of college mental health topics and issues.  This will include specific information on best practices for helping a student in crisis.  Confidentiality, faculty responsibilities, and specific university resources will also be covered.

Expected Learning Outcomes:  

  1. Participants will be knowledgeable about the mental health challenges in the higher education environment
  2. Participants will be able to name at least three strategies to help a student in crisis
  3. Participants will be comfortable with the confidentiality laws and how to apply them in and out of the classroom
  4. Participants will understand the faculty role when working with students with disabilities


Writing Group 

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Tuesday, March 17th, 12-1pm, 312 Glickman, Portland Campus

During the academic year, the Faculty Commons, in collaboration with
Research Administration will be offering a writing group for faculty and
staff who are interested in goal-setting and accountability. Participants
meet weekly to discuss their projects, troubleshoot obstacles, and
celebrate successes. Regular meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each
month from 12-1.  Bring your lunch and enjoy some light refreshments! 

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Title III Symposium: Faculty Workshop--Dr. Saundra Y. McGuire

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM7th Floor of Glickman Library, USM Portland CampusContact Name: Erin Dowling, Travis BlairContact Email:,

Dr. Saundra Y. McGuire

Tuesday, March 24th

Faculty Workshop  with light breakfast provided

We gladly invite you to a presentation by Dr. Saundra McGuire, recognized expert in the fields of chemical education and learning assistance and author of multiple items including: a student study guide, instructor’s teaching guide, and problems solving guide and workbook, for four editions of a popular Introductory Chemistry textbook published by Pearson Education.  Additionally, she has published her work in The Journal of Chemical EducationAmerican ScientistScienceThe Learning Assistance ReviewTo Improve the Academy, and New Directions for Teaching and Learning.  She is a widely sought after speaker who has presented the work she has done with her colleagues at the Center for Academic Success at over 150 colleges and universities across the United States.

She will be highlighting an emphasis on improving the success of all students rather than remediating those needing assistance with study skills through her award winning presentations focused on teaching students how to learn by equipping them with metacognitive learning strategies.

 Event Agenda: March 24th

       8-8:30 registration with light breakfast

       8:30-11:30 Faculty Workshop  


Please RSVP for this event by March 16th!