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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.

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Upcoming Faculty Development Events:

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JudyPieterRuchaCTEL Faculty Development Day - Monday, December 8th, 8:30-4:30, 518 Glickman, Portland Campus

Under the auspices of the Faculty Commons and in collaboration with USM Libraries and University College, CTEL has planned faculty develoment activities on 12/8/2014 from 8:30am- 4:30pm. Over five planned sessions, representatives of the three participating entities will offer their expertise on some of the digital resources for teaching and learning available to USM faculty, staff and students. Following are the session titles: 

1. How to Use Online Library Online Resources in Online Courses (Bill Grubb, Head of Reference and Instructional Services)

2. All Rights Reserved: Learn the Ins and Outs of Fair Use and Library Resources (Shiva Darabandi, University College and Casandra Fitzherbert, Head of Access Services) 

3. Creating Digital Content for Online and Blended Courses (Pieter Tryzelaar and Rucha Modak, CTEL Learning Designers)

4. Blackboard Basics (Robbie Burbank, University College)

5. Blackboard Advanced: Testing and Grading (Robbie Burbank, University College)

Monday | 12/8/2014 | 518 Glickman | USM Portland Campus

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Sam L-TWriting Group 

Tuesday, December 16th, 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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Student Mental Health and College SuccessStudent Mental Health and College Success:  What Faculty Need to Know

 Bring-your-own Lunch and Learn. Presented by Joanne Benica, Director of the Disability Center and Robert Small, PsyD., licensed psychologist and Clinical Director of Counseling Services

                                                  Session 1: Th, Jan. 22, 12-1:30 pm                                                  Session 2: Th, Jan. 29, 12-1:30                                                  Session 3: Th, Feb. 5, 12-1:30pm                                                  Session 4: Th, Feb. 12, 12-1:30

*Session Titles:*

1.     Steps to Take When You Know a Student in Crisis
2.     Shhhh! Keep Student Information Confidential In and Out of the Classroom
3.     You, Your Course, and Students with Mental Health Concerns: How to be Prepared
4.     Can We Talk? An Open Forum for Faculty to Discuss Teaching Students with Mental Health Illness

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Past Events 


 

RuchaPieterSusan King

CTEL Workshop--Online Assessment - Friday, November 21st, 12-1:30pm, 212 Abromson, Portland Campus 

The Office of Academic Assessment and the CTEL are offering an informational workshop regarding Online Assessments.

USM's Director of Academic Assessment Susan King, and CTEL Learning Designers Pieter Tryzelaar and Rucha Modak will facilitate the workshop. The workshop is open to any faculty members who are interested in exploring alternatives to paper-based course exams. As of May 2014, paper-based exam-scanning services, provided by the Office of Academic Assessment, are no longer offered at USM.

The first part of the workshop will provide an "overview" of online assessment options and best practices, and the second part will cover a demonstration of the "specifics" on how to get started with setting up online assessments in Blackboard. 

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Dan JenkinsHeidi Parker

StrengthsFinder Training Session - Wednesday, November 19th, 9-10:30am, Faculty Commons, 312 Glickman, Portland Campus

Join Prof. Judy Spross, Dr. Dan Jenkins, and Dr. Heidi Parker as they discuss how using the StrengthsFinder assessment, techniques, and accompanying methods in their classrooms has changed their practices.  Find out how you can take advantage of this opportunity yourself, and learn another way to make your work more meaningful and impactful on the lives of your students.

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Sam L-TWriting Group 

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 12-1pm, Faculty Commons, 312 Glickman Library, 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! 

Learn More


 

University College Short Course for New Online Facutly

October 29, 2014 to November 26, 2014

Between 10/29/2014 and 11/26/2014, University College e-learning specialist Robert "B.J." Kitchin will facilitate 'Teaching Online: A Short Course for New Online Faculty' . This is a free, completely online and asynchronous course that is taught two to three times every year and covers the basics of using Blackboard to teach online. It gives faculty members an opportunity to be part of a learning community of new to online instructors as well as to get a sense of being an online student. To register, please contact B.J (robert.kitchinjr@maine.edu) or visit this link by first signing into your UMaine account.

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Student Mental Health and College SuccessStudent Mental Health and College Success:  What Faculty Need to Know

Session 1 - Nov 13th, 12-1:30 pm
Session 2-4 – Coming Spring 2015 – dates to be announced

Bring-your-own Lunch and Learn. Presented by Joanne Benica, Director of the Disability Center and Robert Small, PsyD., licensed psychologist and Clinical Director of Counseling Services
*Session Titles:*
1.     Steps to Take When You Know a Student in Crisis
2.     Shhhh! Keep Student Information Confidential In and Out of the Classroom
3.     You, Your Course, and Students with Mental Health Concerns: How to be Prepared
4.     Can We Talk? An Open Forum for Faculty to Discuss Teaching Students with Mental Health Illness

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Samantha Langley-TurnbaughWriting Group

Tuesday, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16, 1/20, 2/17, 3/17, 4/21, and 5/19
12-1pm, 312 Glickman Library, 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. The Fall 2014 group kick-off meeting will be held
on October 21st, * 12-1pm *with regular meetings the 3rd Tuesday of each
month at 12-1.

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Share your ideas for topics, workshops, & activities.

Faculty Commons is a collaborative initiative. We welcome USM community suggestions on topics, presenters, and projects.

Request a co-sponsorship or submit an idea for an event.

Looking for a past workshops? Access the Archive of Faculty Development Workshops here