Fall 2015 Workshops Sponsored by Academic Development and Assessment
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, August 11 9:00 am – 3:30 pm ALKEK 105/106
**REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2015 BY 12 NOON.**
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, January 12, 2016.
Overview of the Research Enhancement Program
Dr. Michael Blanda, Assistant Vice President, Research and Federal Relations
Wednesday, September 2 3:30 – 5:00 pm ALKEK 105/106
In fulfillment of its mission to contribute to the greater body of knowledge in specific disciplines through research, scholarship and creative expression, Texas State University has instituted the Research Enhancement Program (REP) to support the research and creative activities of its tenured and tenure-track faculty. Through a peer review process, the REP provides funding for research and creative activities by tenured and tenure-track faculty within all disciplines. Workshop attendees will learn about the mission of the REP, the submission guidelines, the online application process, the review process, and the post-award expectations.
**This workshop is co-sponsored by the Division of Research and Federal Relations and the Office of Academic Development and Assessment.
Building Faculty Credentials and Documentation for Promotion
Dr. Eugene Bourgeois, Provost
Dr. Cynthia Opheim, Associate Provost
Thursday, September 10 1:00 – 3:00 pm ALKEK 105/106
This workshop is designed for (1) tenure-track faculty and faculty seeking promotion to the rank of professor and (2) faculty and administrators mentoring and assisting candidates. Topics to be covered include:
Fostering College Students' Interest and Motivation in the Classroom
Dr. Taylor Acee, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Tuesday, September 22 1:00 – 1:45 pm Online Webinar
Student motivation is a key factor underlying student success in college. In this webinar, we will explore the age-old question of how to motivate students, and we will highlight one piece of the motivation puzzle – student interest. An overview of theory and research on student interest interventions will be presented. Special emphasis will be given to easy-to-implement classroom activities that faculty can facilitate with their students to increase their students’ interest and motivation.
Funding for Your Research
Dr. Evy Gonzales, Coordinator, Office of the Associate VP for Research
Dr. Nicole Wagner, Research Coordinator, Office of the Associate VP for Research
Thursday, September 24 1:00 – 1:45 pm ALKEK 105/106
This workshop will present tools and tips for finding funding. Specific topics that will be covered include where to look for funding, how to search for it and what to do when a promising opportunity is discovered. Sources of funding will be explored via a demonstration of search tools such as PIVOT and the Foundation Directory.
Data Analysis with SAS JMP Workshop
Dr. Todd Sherron, Lecturer, OWLS
Thursday, October 1 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm ALKEK 119
The workshop will focus on applied examples of how SAS JMP can be used for common data analytic tasks (e.g., examples will include types of analyses that are often seen in peer-reviewed journal articles). Bring your own data. The workshop will examine the following: (1) JMP basics (menus, help, navigation and the JMP interface); (2) data summary and visualization with the Graph Builder, Mapping, the Data Filter, Tabulate, Bubble Plot, and Scatterplots; (3) basic data analysis using Distribution, Fit Y by X, and Fit Model; (4) multivariate methods; (5) JMP tips and tricks (saving work, sharing your work, getting data into JMP); (6) other topics upon request, including DOE, quality Tools (SPC, Process Capability, MSA), mixed models, market research, and time series analysis; and (7) resources for learning and teaching with JMP.
Teaching Spirituality in Your University Course
Dr. Catherine Hawkins, Professor, School of Social Work
Tuesday, October 6 4:00 – 4:45 pm Online Webinar
Religion and spirituality are distinctly different concepts, which are often treated as synonymous. While religion is an aspect of diversity that can be quite divisive, spirituality is universal and can bridge differences. This distinction makes it possible to introduce this critically important topic into the classroom and to maintain an open-minded, critical, and secular focus. This webinar explores teaching strategies that can be used in any university course and the rationale for doing so.
Designing A Service Learning Study Abroad Program that Blends Teaching and Research
Dr. Lori Czop Assaf, Professor, Curriculum and Instrutction
Wednesday, October 7 4:00 – 4:45 pm Online Webinar
“Designing a Service Learning Study Abroad Program” is an informative webinar designed to help participants understand the steps needed to initialize and facilitate a service learning study abroad program. Unlike other sessions that have focused on the steps to develop a short-term study abroad program at Texas State, Dr. Lori Assaf will share insights and advice on how to blend teaching, service learning, and research in an international context. Together we will explore unique features of a service learning study abroad course and review ways to identify learning and research goals that benefit students and faculty.”
Establishing and Maintaining the "Write" Habit: Getting a Jump Start on Your Fall Academic Writing
Dr. Dominique Chlup, Professional Developer in Research
Friday, October 30 12:30 – 3:30 pm ALKEK 105/106
(Teaching and Learning)
**REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29TH AT 10:00 AM.**
Did you know that if you wrote just 30 minutes a day, every day, within one year you could have written 10 articles or a book (McIntosh, 2009)? As professors, we are expected to publish prolifically and help our students to do the same. Yet few of us have ever been taught how to establish and maintain the “write” habit. How can we help ourselves to become less stressed, more productive, and better as writers? Which instructional strategies can help us to improve our writing?
In this workshop, participants will become familiar with instructional strategies for helping themselves establish a regular and productive, stress-free writing habit. This interactive session is designed to inspire, motivate, and provide techniques that can be applied immediately to one’s academic writing life. You will experience an atmosphere that emphasizes creative recovery and the joy and benefits of taking time for yourself to focus on you and your writerly needs. You’ll learn eleven principles for getting power over yourself and your writing process, a writing technique designed specifically to make you nine times more productive, and a technique for making your editing fun!
Fulbright: A World of Opportunity
Steve Wilson, Professor, English
** Professor Wilson serves as the Fulbright Representative at Texas State University.
Wednesday, November 18 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. Professor Wilson will be joined by one of Texas State’s recent Fulbrighters as they share the personal and professional benefits of a Fulbright appointment. 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.