Spring 2015 Workshops Sponsored by Academic Development and Assessment
Special Webinar Series:
Professors Who Prepare Our Graduates to Change the World
Educators, policymakers, and community members often debate the purpose of universities in society. Are universities supposed to transfer information to the next generation, prepare students for careers and the world of work, or cultivate individual talent? This special series of webinars showcases remarkable professors who are surpassing these purposes and preparing our graduates to make a positive difference in the world. Each webinar will focus on a different life-changing aspect: caring for humankind (Garza), intercultural sensitivity (Osborne and Kriese), and ethical behavior (Kacmar). These faculty members will share findings from the research they conducted in these areas while teaching their students.
The Influence of Caring
Dr. Rubén Garza, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Wednesday, February 11 4:00 – 4:45 pm Online Webinar
Do you consider yourself to be a caring professor? Do your students perceive you as a caring professor? Does it matter? This webinar will examine the disposition of caring, the current research on university students’ perceptions of teacher behaviors that convey caring, and some ways that professors can foster a caring attitude in their students. Thoughtful consideration of the information to your own practice has the potential for improving instructor-student communication, relationships, and success in academics and life.
It Can Be Taught: Explorations into Teaching the Foundations for Multicultural Effectiveness
Dr. Randall E. Osborne, Professor, Department of Psychology (Texas State University)
Dr. Paul Kriese, Professor, Department of Political Science (Indiana University East)
Tuesday, March 31 4:00 to 4:45 pm Online Webinar
Is there a connection between intercultural sensitivity, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, and multicultural effectiveness? Bennett (1993), a leading scholar in the field, believed that fostering particular critical thinking skills in university courses enhanced tolerance for ambiguity and as such, facilitated students’ movement along a continuum of development of intercultural sensitivity. The presenters of this webinar will show participants how to integrate these qualities (e.g., critical thinking, intercultural sensitivity, and tolerance for ambiguity) and facilitate them in courses (especially online courses). A call for research on how to test these assumptions with experiences beyond the classroom will be introduced.
Recognizing Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace
Dr. Micki Kacmar, Professor, Department of Management
Wednesday, April 8 1:00 – 1:45 pm Online Webinar
What does it mean to be an ethical person? What does research say about ethics, and how can professors teach students to act ethically? This webinar will show how a professor helps her students recognize the gray issues faced in the workplace and respond to these issues in an ethical way using the tools learned in class.
Workshops Focused on Teaching
Teaching at a University: A Hands-on Workshop for Faculty New to the Teaching Profession
Dr. Nathan Bond, Assistant Director, Academic Development and Assessment
Tuesday, January 13 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Alkek 105/106
Faculty who are new to the teaching profession or new to Texas State University are invited to participate in this informative and interactive workshop. The goal is to give participants practical advice for teaching at the university level. The workshop will focus on four topics: (1) developing a relevant curriculum for your course, (2) delivering engaging instruction, (3) administering assessments that measure student learning, and (4) creating an effective learning environment. Lunch will be provided. This workshop will be repeated before each spring and fall semester. This workshop will be repeated on Tuesday, August 11, 2015.
Developing Alternative Assessments and Rubrics
Dr. Nathan Bond, Assistant Director, Academic Development and Assessment
Ms. Laura Ellis-Lai, Lecturer, Department of English
Mr. Whitten Smart, Service Consultant, Educational Technology Center
Thursday, February 5 12:30 – 3:00 pm Alkek 105/106
This workshop is designed to teach faculty how to create effective alternative assessments. Faculty will learn how to identify authentic projects for their courses, create rubrics that capture students’ learning, and administer these assessments using E-Portfolio. Faculty are asked to bring materials and/or existing rubrics to revise.
The Big University with a Small College Feel: Mentoring Our Undergraduates
Dr. Shirley Ogletree, Professor, Department of Psychology
** Dr. Ogletree received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.
Friday, February 6 1:00 – 2:30 pm Alkek 105/106
Texas State University prides itself on being large but having the “feel” of a small college. To a large extent this is based on the interactions between faculty and students, having faculty who are interested in and value undergraduates. As we continue to grow, with emphasis on “doing everything” including extraordinary service and research, how can we maintain this “small college feel”? Possible ways to promote such interactions, from including undergraduates in research to using critical thinking questions in teaching theater classes, will be discussed.
Reflective Writing for Any Assignment
Dr. Eric Leake, Assistant Professor, Department of English
Thursday, February 12 4:00 – 4:45 pm Online Webinar
Participants in this webinar will learn strategies for incorporating reflective writing in any course activity or assignment. Reflective writing can help students observe their learning and production processes, coordinate group work, refine their writing skills, take more responsibility for their learning, and better apply that learning to future scenarios. This webinar will cover some of the basic theories and concepts in the field of reflective writing. We will then look at ways that reflective writing can facilitate student learning and assist instructors in evaluating and responding to student work. The webinar will provide strategies and examples for including reflective writing. Time will be set aside at the end of the webinar for questions and discussion.
Expanding Your Pedagogical Toolbox to Facilitate Student Learning and Engagement
Dr. Paige Haber-Curran, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology
** Dr. Haber-Curran received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.
Wednesday, February 18 1:00 – 2:30 pm Alkek 105/106
This interactive workshop introduces participants to a range of learner-centered, inquiry-focused, and constructivist teaching and learning activities and strategies that contribute to an engaging learning environment. Participants will consider contemporary frameworks of student learning and what it means to truly learn in the context of their respective disciplines. Participants will leave with tangible teaching strategies to put into practice as well as ideas for restructuring assignments in their courses to facilitate student learning.
Promotion to Full Professor: Advice for Associate Professors
Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Cynthia Opheim, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Thursday, February 26 1:00 – 3:00 pm Alkek 105/106
Associate professors who are seeking the rank of professor are invited to this interactive and informative session. Attendees will learn the expectations for achieving the next rank. The University’s expectations for scholarship, teaching, and service will be discussed.
Strategies for Lecturing to Large-Enrollment Classes
Dr. Joe Falocco, Assistant Professor, Department of English
Thursday, March 5 1:00 – 1:45 pm Online Webinar
Fulbright: An Overview of the Process
Steve Wilson, Professor, Department of English
** Professor Wilson serves as the Fulbright Representative at Texas State University.
Thursday, April 16 3:30 – 5:00 pm Alkek 105/106
Three-time Fulbrighter Steve Wilson will discuss highlights of the Fulbright program from a faculty perspective. Workshop attendees will learn about the various types of Fulbright appointments, the elements that comprise a Fulbright call for proposals, and the requirements of a Fulbright application. In addition, the workshop will offer overviews of the Fulbright programs and opportunities, timelines, compensation, the review process, and reading the program call for proposals.
Globalizing Your Teaching and Scholarship
Professors Baylor (Physical Therapy), Beale-Rivaya (Spanish), Dedek (History; Family and Consumer Sciences), Ellis-Lai (English), Fischer (Philosophy), Hamilton (Health & Human Performance), Lemoine (French), Martin (Biology), Norton (Social Work), Osborne (Psychology), and Tajalli (Political Science)
Friday, May 1 10:00 am – 12:00 noon Alkek 105/106
Eleven professors who participated in the Faculty Learning Community for Globalization will present the projects they implemented this spring semester. The projects reflect the professors’ efforts to globalize their teaching and scholarly / creative activities. The workshop will follow a small-group format to foster more interaction between presenters and attendees.