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September 2017 Professional Development Opportunities

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Mentor Training Workshop

September 6, 2017

12pm-1pm

McKenna Hall Conference Room (second floor)

Facilitator: Margaret Brown

All faculty mentors are encouraged to attend this workshop on the meaning behind mentoring and suggestions for the upcoming year of mentoring first and second year faculty. You will receive the book “The Elements of Mentoring” and find a cohort of fellow mentors to rely on over the next year.

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Teaching and Learning Essentials I

September 7, 2017

9am-3:30pm

Cremona 102

Facilitator: Margaret Brown

Steven Covey wrote that successful people begin with the end in mind. The same is true for enhancing student learning by articulating course objectives, defining student learning outcomes and then deciding how to assess student attainment of those outcomes. This workshop will focus on syllabus development, student assessment strategies and course evaluation.

Open to full time faculty, adjunct faculty, and staff (with supervisor’s permission) as space permits.

*Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided

 

Cultural Engagement as Journey: Introduction to Teaching within the CUE Curriculum

September 7, 2017

10am-1pm

Cremona 201

Facilitator: Brian Bantum

The aim of cultivating a diverse, inclusive, and just learning community can be daunting. Faculty can feel as though we must be experts before we teach. This workshop invites faculty to explore cultivating diversity as a journey that require our personal commitment as well as specific skills and knowledges. This workshop is designed for faculty teaching courses connected to the Cultural Engagement requirement (either in the core courses- UFDN 1000, WRI 1000, and UCOR 2000, or CUE designated courses). We will focus on three areas:

1) Understanding race and ethnicity as a historical reality and our individual experience within that history. Put differently, "What does it mean for me as a professor to be on this journey?"

2) Considering diversity in terms of creating a classroom "culture."

3) Explore ways to build courses or course elements around the CUE learning objectives. For those teaching in core courses we will focus on how to incorporate these into elements of the course as well as creating a broader classroom culture, while faculty interested in developing or adapting a CUE designated course will have opportunities to workshop how the CUE learning objectives can frame the overall course.

This course is strongly recommended for all faculty teaching in courses connected to CUE, but all faculty are welcome.

*Lunch will be provided

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Teaching and Learning Essentials II

September 8, 2017

9am-3:30pm

Cremona 102

Facilitator: Margaret Brown

Building on the foundational strategies in Teaching and Learning Essentials I, and using research on how students learn, participants will design meaningful experiences in and out of the classroom to enhance student learning and other valued outcomes.

Open to full time faculty, adjunct faculty, and staff (with supervisor’s permission) as space permits.

*Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided

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Writing Faith Statements

September 18, 2017

10am-1pm

Cremona 101

Facilitator: David Nienhuis

The goal of this seminar is to assist faculty in drafting a document of particular importance for pre-tenure review and tenure application files, that is, the narrative of their faith journey and statement of their Christian convictions and practices. This essay is included in the SPU review process to encourage faculty to reflect on their personal faith insofar as it shapes and informs their own teaching and research, their membership in the SPU community, and their contributions to Christian higher education. More than just the production of a document, then, this exercise is intended to be part of clarifying a faculty member’s sense of vocation.

*Lunch will be provided

 

Fall Mentor Tea

September 18, 2017

2pm-3pm

Library Seminar Room

Calling all mentors and mentees! Start the year off right with the mentor social tea. Spend a bit of time getting to know your new mentor, fellow new faculty, and mentoring faculty as well. Refreshments will be provided.

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Statements of Vocation Workshop

September 19, 2017

10am-1pm

Cremona 101

Facilitator: Bob Drovdahl

The Faculty Handbook requires “an articulation of the candidate’s sense of vocation as a faculty member” in pre-tenure and tenure files. If you are preparing a pre-tenure or tenure file, this workshop will help you design and develop the structure of this four-page document. We will briefly frame a theological understanding of vocation and examine statements from other faculty, but our time will mostly be given to work – creating the basic materials needed to construct a vocational statement and shaping the document’s basic outline.

*Lunch will be provided

 

Canvas Drop In Labs

September 19th Canvas for new faculty (9am-4 pm)

September 21st Canvas refresher (9am-4pm)

September 28th Canvas refresher (9am-4pm)

ETM Office, Library Basement

Facilitator: Karen Park