SPRING 2016

Workshops Sponsored by Academic Development and Assessment

www.ada.txstate.edu

To register for any of these workshops, please go to:    http://signup.txstate.edu

Dr. Catherine Hawkins, Director, Faculty Development: ch11@txstate.edu

Dr. Kathryn Ledbetter, Assistant Director, Faculty Development: KLedbetter@txstate.edu

Corina Vasquez, Administrative Assistant IIc_g380@txstate.edu

Phone: 512-245-2112


How to Find Funding
Dr. Nicole Wagner, Research Coordinator, Office of the Associate VP for Research
Tuesday, January 26    10:00 a – 11:00 a.   Alkek 119

This workshop will cover the tools and tips for finding funds for your research. Specific topics that will be covered include where to look for funding and how to search for it.  Sources of funding will be explored via an interactive demonstration of search tools such as PIVOT, the Grant Resources Center, and the Foundation Directory. This workshop is intended for researchers, students/graduate students who do research/are interested in conducting research, as well as staff who assist researchers to find funding.


Being a scholar is more than being a publisher 
Dr. Tom Grimes, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Wednesday February 3    11:00a - 12 noon    Alkek 105/106

The best scholarship is animated mostly by passion, not process. Academic departments understandably emphasize the process because it’s easy to evaluate. This seminar, however, will examine what intellectually motivates the best scholars and how they use that motivation to drive the process of scholarship.


Understanding Your Position As A Nontenure Line Faculty (NLF) Member
Dr. Debra Feakes, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Mr. Andrew Marks, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work
Thursday, February 11      12:00 noon – 1 pm            Alkek 105/106

The discussion forum will provide participants an opportunity to explore and understand who are nontenure line faculty members and their role in the university. The presenters will discuss the opportunities available to develop professionally as well as to receive support, evaluation, and acknowledgement for their contributions to the university community.


Creating Safe Learning Environments: The Impact of Title IX 
Gilda Garcia, Chief Diversity Officer & Director of Equity & Access, Equity and Access
Tuesday, February 16      10:00 am - 11:00 am     Alkek 105/106

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Texas State University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex. This workshop will provide an overview of recent changes to the Title IX regulations and related laws as well as provide an interactive discussion forum on the role of faculty in creating a safe learning environment.


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
Wednesday, February 24     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.


Transforming Good Ideas into Funded Research: Strategies for New Faculty and New Grant Seekers
Dr. Nicole Wagner, Assistant Director, Research and Federal Relations, Office of Research Development
Ms. Stephanie A. Korcheck, Research Coordinator for Proposal Development, College of Education
Thursday, February 25            9:00 - 10:30 a.m.       Alkek 105/106

The thought of seeking external funding for research can be especially daunting to both new faculty and faculty who have not participated in funded research. This workshop will provide specific strategies and tools new grant seekers can use to conceptualize and operationalize their research idea, develop a proposal that will appeal to potential funders, and move closer to obtaining external funding for their project.


Fostering College Students’ Interest and Motivation in the Classroom 
Dr. Taylor Acee, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Thursday, March 10    3:30 - 4:15 p.m.           Online Webinar

Student motivation is a key factor underlying student success in college. In this workshop, we will explore the age-old question on how to motivate students and highlight one piece of the motivation puzzle – students’ sense of responsibility and attribution beliefs. An overview of theory and research on attribution retraining interventions will be presented. Special emphasis will be given to easy-to-implement classroom activities that faculty can facilitate with their students to help improve their students’ sense of responsibility, attribution beliefs, and motivation.


Effective Strategies for Crafting Competitive Research Proposals for External Funding
Dr. Nicole Wagner, Assistant Director, Research and Federal Relations, Office of Research Development
Ms. Stephanie A. Korcheck, Research Coordinator for Proposal Development, College of Education
Tuesday, March 29     11 am - 12 noon     Alkek 105/106

Preparing a compelling research proposal for external funders requires strategic decisions throughout the project development and writing processes—approaches that are very different from those used when preparing other scholarly works. Whether you are a new or experienced grant writer, Effective Strategies will provide specific, practical information you can immediately use to make your proposal stand apart from competing submissions.


Scholarship is a Blue Collar Profession
Dr. Tom Grimes, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Wednesday March 30     11:00am - 12:00pm     Alkek 105/106

The most influential scholar in communication research, the late Steve Chaffee of Stanford, said that a scholar is someone who works in a blue collar profession. Ninety-five percent of what scholars do, he said, is mind-numbingly routine. This seminar will examine how scholars manage the conventional and emphasize the remarkable.


Establishing and Maintaining the “Write” Habit
Dr. Dominique Chlup, Professional Developer in Research, Texas A&M University
Friday, April 1      1:00 - 3:30 p.m.      Alkek 105/106

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 principals 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. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.


Linking Research and Commercialization: An Open Discussion for those New to and Experienced with Commercialization
Reddy Venumbaka, Director, Technology Commercialization
Thursday, April 07      11:00 a.m. - 12 noon      Alkek 119

For researchers across disciplines, and for those experienced and those who haven’t previously considered commercialization, this workshop will address a variety of topics, such as how commercialization can benefit research and vice versa, what to consider before commercializing your project, and what is involved in the process. A panel of faculty members will share their experiences: Dr. Stan McClellan, Director, Ingram School of Engineering:; Dr. Scott Smith, Associate Professor, School of Social Work; and, Dr. Scott Kruse, Assistant Professor, School of Health Administration. Participants are invited to bring their own ideas and questions. For more info on this topic, see http://www.txstate.edu/ocir/


Understanding Your Position As A Nontenure Line Faculty (NLF) Member
Dr. Debra Feakes, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Mr. Andrew Marks, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work
Tuesday, April 12      11:00 a.m. - 12 noon            Alkek 119

The discussion forum will provide participants an opportunity to explore and understand who are nontenure line faculty members and their role in the university. The presenters will discuss the opportunities available to develop professionally as well as to receive support, evaluation, and acknowledgement for their contributions to the university community.


Student Outcome Evaluations
Beth Wuest, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness
Tuesday, April 19      11:00 a.m. - 12 noon      Alkek 105/106

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment is required of all academic programs and general education courses. The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of the expectations, illustrate examples of successful implementation, and suggest means for improving assessment reporting.


Fulbright: An Overview of the Process
Daris Hale, Professor, School of Music
Fulbright Campus Representative, Texas State University
Wednesday, April 20      2:30 – 4:00 pm     JCK 460

Fulbright Ambassador for the Council of International Exchange of Scholar, and Fulbright Campus Liaison, Daris Hale will discuss faculty Fulbright opportunities. Discussion will focus on the variety of Fulbright appointments, the elements that comprise a Fulbright call for proposals, and the requirements of a Fulbright application. In addition, the workshop will cover: Fulbright programs, timelines, compensation, review process, call for proposals, and tips for developing competitive applications.